Ketogenic diets are very powerful, metabolically speaking, and they can be life changing. I changed my high carb diet to a low carb, fat burning ketogenic diet and normalized my high blood pressure, got rid of nagging heartburn, stopped annoying joint pain and reversed my pre-diabetes. You can do the same.
On this website, you'll find information on how these diets work, the right way to "do" the diet, and the details on how you can increase your energy and improve your health simply by changing the way you eat.
Contrary to popular rhetoric, a ketogenic, low carb diet is NOT a high protein diet. It's a high fat diet, with a moderate protein and a very low carbohydrate intake. A typical ketogenic meal includes a small amount of protein, a source of natural fats (for example, butter, beef tallow, lard, duck fat, cream, olive oil, or coconut oil) and some green leafy vegetables.
When you reduce the amount of carbohydrate and increase the fat and protein in your diet, it has the effect of switching your body into fat burning mode. Instead of using the easily exhausted sugar from carbohydrates for fuel, your body burns stored fat for energy, and it's this fat burning process which greatly improves health and well-being.
In fact, a ketogenic, high fat, moderate protein diet can alleviate many serious health issues. Medical researchers and physicians are using ketogenic, carb restricted diets to:
And many people, including myself, have discovered that a ketogenic diet is a very effective tool for regaining health, losing excess weight and building a muscular, healthy body.
It all starts with a process called ketosis, and the effect that it has on each one of the trillions of cells in our bodies. In short, ketosis means more energy and cleaner metabolic fuel processes in our cells, which leads to less oxidative stress, better cell health, better organ health, and better health overall.
Actually, a high fat diet is healthier for you, when it is eaten while carbohydrate consumption is kept low.
A diet high in clean saturated fats, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates actually raises your HDL good cholesterol and lowers your triglycerides. These two factors are really the true measure of good heart health.
More and more people are discovering the benefits of eating more fat and protein and reducing carbohydrate consumption.
Literally thousands of people have gone on the Atkins diet, or the Protein Power diet, or some other higher fat, low carb diet and reaped the benefits. They have resolved nagging health issues (high blood sugar, hypertension, heartburn, joint pain, etc.), reversed serious disease processes, lost weight, felt better, and rarely felt hunger.
If you are ready to get started, check out the links in the navigation bar on the left.
In addition, Well Being Journal (WBJ) published an article I wrote about the health effects of Ketogenic Diets in their July/August 2012 issue. It's a nice overview of the benefits!
NEW! Second Edition of the Fight Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet eBook is now available!
My friend and colleague Patricia Daly has created a recipe and meal plan eBook specifically geared toward the ketogenic diet for cancer patients. Her Practical Keto Meal Plans for Cancer ebook has 14 days of meal plans and recipes. Click on the book cover to purchase your copy!
You can also read my hypoglycemia and low carb diet myths articles which were published in the November/December 2012 issue. Just click on the magazine cover: