The Ketogenic Lifestyle
The Ketogenic Diet is an ancestrally-appropriate way of eating which produces optimum health. The most important aspect of the ketogenic diet is the low carbohydrate feature. It is recommended that one limit carbohydrate consumption to less than 20 carbs per day. The reasons for this are that excessive carb intake produces hyperinsulinemia which causes insulin resistance and diabetes. It also causes fermentation of sugars which creates the right conditions for the growth of cancer. It also causes inflammation which can damage the lining of arteries, leading to heart disease. Every degenerative disease that exists stems from these three conditions: hyperinsulinemia, fermentation and inflammation.
As long as the carbs are kept as low as possible, the ratio of fats to protein really doesn’t matter. Fats don’t produce hyperinsulinemia, so they don’t contribute to weight gain or diabetes.
A diet high in fat is not only allowed, it is highly desirable. Yes, you heard that right. Butter, lard, bacon fat, beef tallow, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, are approved keto fats. Industrial seed oils such as canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, and all other omega-6 oils are not allowed. Polyunsaturated oils, which ironically are what are encouraged by the American Heart Association, are highly inflammatory. Saturated fat protects the heart, the brain, all your organs and arteries. Inflammatory oils cause damage.
Another feature of the keto diet is no grains. None of any kind. No wheat, oats, barley, rice, corn, or any other grain. No sweetener other than stevia, monk fruit, erythritol or xylitol.
No vegetables that are starchy. No potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, beets or any other starchy vegetable. No fruit other than a few berries.
So, in a nutshell, the keto diet consists of: meat, eggs cheese, non-starchy vegetables, seeds and nuts in moderation, a few berries, and plenty of saturated fat.
The idea is to keep high insulin levels, fermentation, and inflammation from happening.
if you are afraid to eat a high fat diet, see Why Doctors are Still using Cholesterol and Saturated a fats can as Scapegoats
This lifestyle literally reverses Type 2 Diabetes, chronic kidney disease, heart disease and cancer of thousands of people, not to mention the auto immune disorders it has helped.
I can attest to the fact that on the keto diet, I can actually cook and eat a whole package of bacon and still lose weight, as long as my carbs are extremely low. That’s because fats don’t make you fat. Actually, calling the substance that collects around your midsection fat is not a good label. We should start calling it by it’s real name -adipose tissue. When you call it fat, it gives the erroneous impression that eating dietary fat causes you to gain weight, which is untrue. Bacon is the perfect keto food because it has no carbs and the ratio of fat to protein is 1 to 1. On keto, feel free to eat as much fatty meat, eggs and butter as you want.
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