The Diet That Got Me to The Lowest Body Fat of My Life

The Diet That Got Me to The Lowest Body Fat of My Life

The Ketogeinc Diet has been my nutrition nemesis for well over a decade. Not to be too melodramatic, but it felt like my own personal Moby Dick. I’ve tried and failed several times throughout my fitness and nutrition career. Deep down, I started to resent it. I made all kinds of excuses for why I couldn’t do it. Like any kind of addict not wanting to face their vice, I hated admitting the truth… I was a carb junkie. I had to nail this Ketogenic diet and Low Carb High Fat thing once and for all. I couldn’t let a diet get the best of me. Why did I want to do a Ketogenic / Low Carb High Fat diet? It’s a sad fact, but as we get older, fat accumulates around the midsection.  Sure, you can start training for ultramarathons and eat whatever you want, or you can change your diet. As someone who reads the research and makes science-backed, evidence-based decisions, I know this type of diet really works. Although I love the image of shiny, happy, plant based diets, the fact is, for many people, myself included, it’s hard to stay really lean on them. I also want to be the best nutrition coach I can be. I figured by doing it myself, I could come up with some great recipes and few helpful tips along the way. What is a Ketogenic Diet anyway? A ketogenic diet (keto, for short) is high in quality fats, moderate in protein (not as much as you think) and extremely low in carbs. You have probably heard of the “The...
Can Ketogenic Diets Cure Diabetes?

Can Ketogenic Diets Cure Diabetes?

Research is saying a big "Hell Yeah" to eating steak, coconut oil, bacon and avocados.  Those are mainstays for many people who follow a ketogenic (high fat, low-to-moderate protein and almost no carb) diet.   A body of evidence is showing that this diet may be the holy grail for reversing pre, and type 2 diabetes.  The ketogenic diet, incidentally, was originally developed to treat epilepsy.   The Science Behind the Ketogenic Diet and Why I Still Didn't Try It In the early to mid-90's I was intrigued by the notorious Atkin's Diet book, which promoted the ketogenic diet for weight loss.  When the body consumes very little carbohydrate, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and and ketone bodies.  The ketone bodies pass into the brain to fuel it and they replace glucose as the body's energy source.  The marketing slogan was and is, "eat fat to burn fat."  I did not try it .  I was hesitant to get on board with such a radical concept even though I heard first-hand reports that people were losing weight.  Significant weight loss almost always has a positive effect on biomarkers like blood sugar and cholesterol.  Still, I personally couldn't wrap my head (or mouth) around eating all that fat - about 70% of you daily calories.  I think I had a fat-phobia bought on by the false, mind-control marketing by the sugar and packaged food companies convincing us fat was the enemy.  We know now, it's not.  The real enemy, if we have to demonize a food, is added sugar and processed, refined foods.  It really makes me angry 😡😡 😡that food companies,...
Comparing Three Popular Diet Trends: Paleo vs Keto vs Mediterranean

Comparing Three Popular Diet Trends: Paleo vs Keto vs Mediterranean

If you’re looking to be the fittest you can be you’ve undoubtedly looked into the diets that are likely to support your goals. You’re interested in being lean, maintaining muscle, peak performance and blowing away your doctor every time at your yearly physical. Unless you really are a cave dweller, you have heard of the Paleo (or similarly named) diets before. If you follow biohackers and scientific diet research, you’ve heard of the Ketogenic diet. And, if you ever watch or read the news, you most certainly have heard of the Mediterranean diet. Have you given any of them a try, maybe skimmed the surface or are considering which one might be best for you? When it comes to these three popular diets, Christopher Gardner, Ph.D. Professor of Medicine and Director of Nutrition Studies at Stanford University says, “the public health community should be open to these, and every other diet. We have an obesity epidemic that we haven’t been able to solve, and this goes hand in hand with a chronic disease epidemic that is crippling the health care system of the US.” So let’s look at these three diet trends, two of which have reliable research to back them up.  They all include a moderate to high amount of protein intake which Americans love (a topic Dr. Gardener will be lecturing on this week). They can each give you great results for losing weight and improving important biomarkers. The issue, as with any diet is, can you adhere to one of these long term? Continue reading below or click here to read on Huffington Post Let’s start...