We all want to be healthy.
Most of us embrace the fact that diet plays a critical role in our health.
To take it one step further, I believe that a healthy diet is when it is also a balanced one.
In my view, the best definition of a balanced diet comes from Prof. Grant Schofield:
What we now know is that it’s the sugar, not the fat that is causing the bulk of metabolic problems in society. The reason is that over-sugary blood is toxic and damaging to our bodies (let’s just accept this is the fact and not debate about it please).
So the best diet should help you maintain stable and normal blood sugars, and it would do so without you having to produce loads and loads of insulin. This principle runs through everything that this blog intends to cover.
So let’s summarise some facts on the war between carbs vs. fat:
1. Sugar and carbs raise insulin; fat does not.
2. The epidemiology shows sugar is associated with bad things like cardiovascular death, fat is not.
3. Low carb high fat diets work well, especially for the insulin resistant.
4. Sugar and refined carbs are addictive; fat is not.
5. Sugar and carbs negatively affect your blood lipids, fats do not.
So if you want to pursue a balanced diet to optimise your health, you will eventually arrive at some form of low carb high fat diet for sure.
Then it comes down to the amount of carbohydrate you can tolerate because we all vary in how insulin resistant we are.
So, back to basics, our cells use sugar and/or fat for energy.
Keto, as a diet, takes you from being stuck in sugar burning mode and fixes the hormone receptors (including insulin and leptin) to allow you to burn your fat for energy.
And, the crucial question is whether being in Ketosis and keto-adapted is important for you for thearepetuic, performance and health reasons.
So here are the top reasons to go Keto:
1. Weight loss
Let’s face it. 90% of people choose Keto for weight loss because how quickly it can work. But it is only the tip of the iceberg.
2. Diabetes treatment
Diabetes doesn’t have to be a chronic disease. The ketogenic diet may offer hope to people with type 2 diabetes who have difficulty controlling their symptoms when medications fail. Some may find the restrictions too difficult to follow over the long term. Yo-yo dieting can be dangerous for diabetes, so you should only start the ketogenic diet if you’re sure you can commit to it.
3. Cancer treatment
This area of research is increasing and will prove to be significant that ketogenic diet can help prevent and even kill cancer cells.
Below are two videos that can kick off your learning in this revolutionary direction in cancer treatment.
4. Whole-body metabolism and inflammation
Inflammation is viewed as one of the leading causes for the development of different diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, and CNS related diseases such as depression and Parkinson’s disease. Anything that is conventionally considered chronic.
Within the past two decades, interest in understanding the therapeutic mechanisms of ketogenic diet action has grown steadily. The ketogenic diet can actually reduce inflammation to improve fat-burning mitochondrial function to a changed microbiome, and there are plenty of evidence on this.
This is an excellent interview of Jong Rho, MD, leading paediatric neurologist and during which he covered the various ketogenic diet applications for epilepsy, autism, brain cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and brain injury. Be prepared to be truly amazed!
A high-carbohydrate diet can exacerbate insulin resistance in a person and further locks a person into a dependence on carbohydrate as the dominant fuel for exercise. And every endurance athlete knows what happens to performance when their carbohydrate tank (at best holding 2000 Calories) runs dry – performance goes down in flames. It’s an unfortunate reality that the human body is unable to promptly switch from carbs to fat as its predominant exercise fuel, so once the former is gone, you can’t power your performance with fat (even though a carbohydrate-depleted body still has tens of thousands of fat Calories on hand).
The ketogenic diet can train your body to burn fat and thereby turn blood sugar and glycogen into secondary fuels. Once you make this transition, you can then train harder, perform longer, and recover faster. It is often referred as a superhuman zone.
The bible for this topic is The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance.
Reality check, please!
According to Wolrd Health Organisation, chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 60% of all deaths. Out of the 35 million people who died from chronic disease in 2005, half were under 70 and half were women.
This invisible epidemic is an under-appreciated cause of poverty and hinders the economic development of many countries. Contrary to common perception, 80% of chronic disease deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.
The sobering fact is that chronic degenerative conditions are lifestyle induced and number one cause is nutrition.
So if you even care and want to prevent premature deaths and avoid unnecessary disability due to chronic diseases, the solutions exist now, and many are straightforward and effective.
There begs the question, should we all be on a Ketogenic diet?
Well, you need to work it out yourself.
It is so important to know that just because a Keto guru or expert or whoever (including myself) says that Keto is great. It doesn’t mean that it is ideal for everyone. You have to experiment, constantly changing and adapting, because everyone is so epigenetically, genetically, biochemically different.
Maybe a better the question is that “are you ready to take charge of your life and pursue a balanced diet and live the life the best that you can?”