Keto Clarity - Your definitive guide to the benefits of a low-carb, high-fat diet
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An important read. That's the kind of information you find extraordinary for not knowing it before, because it simply affects your everyday life so much.
How to use this book
Think of Keto Clarity as your introduction to looking at nutrition and health from an alternative dietary perspective.
When you face opposition for choosing to eat this way (and you will), let this book be a comforting source of encouragement and advice on your journey to better health.
In January 2004, when I was thirty-two, my weight had gotten up to 410 pounds.
constantly ripping the back side of my pants getting in and out of my car, having trouble getting up off the couch without assistance, not being able to go to the movies or fly on an airplane because I couldn't fit into the seats, and, most disturbingly, the judgmental looks on the faces of the people I encountered. It was all waking me to the reality that I had gone too far in allowing myself to reach this point.
Reading Dr. Atkins' book from cover to cover:
How on God's green earth can you eat more fat, like butter, full-fat cheeses, and red meat, without negative consequences to your health?
Who could ever live without bread, pasta, sugar, and starchy foods?
On January l, 2004, I took the plunge and started on the Atkins diet.
Up to that point, I had been consuming, on a daily basis, two whole boxes of snack cakes; big plates of pasta; sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits from McDonald's; honeybuns and giant chocolate chip cookies from 7-Eleven; and sixteen cans of Coca-Cola.
the pain of transitioning from my old diet to the Atkins diet only lasted a couple of weeks before I began feeling energetic and alive again.
It was as if a dark cloud of despair had been lifted from my head and I realized that this was what "normal" was supposed to feel like.
By the end of one hundred days, I had lost one hundred pounds, and I knew something special was happening.
Words cannot describe how I felt going through this incredible journey, and I truly will never be the same again.
I went on to lose a total of 180 pounds in one year. More important than my weight loss, though, is the fact that low-carb living gave me my health back.
Chapter 1 - What is Ketosis and Why do I want it?
I believe a low level of ketosis is actually the natural and most optimal state of metabolism for humans.
Ketosis is a metabolic state that happens when you consume a very low-carb, moderate- protein, high-fat diet that causes your body to switch from using glucose as its primary source of fuel to running on ketones. Ketones themselves are produced when the body burns fat, and they're primarily used as an alternative fuel source when glucose isn't available.
In other words, your body changes from a sugar-burner to a fat-burner.
If you have ever fasted by skipping breakfast after a good night's sleep, then you likely have begun producing trace amounts of ketones in your blood. If you consume a diet with very few carbohydrates, moderate levels of protein, and plenty of healthy saturated and monounsaturated fats, then these ketones will begin to increase until they dominate the way your body is fueled, to the point that very little glucose is needed to function.
our ancestors spent most of their time in a state of ketosis.
The Inuit are a perfect example of a ketogenic people that have, for thousands of years, consumed a diet that is very high in fat and very low in carbohydrates while maintaining full energy and stamina.
So why do you want to reduce the amount of sugar that you burn and transition to a state of ketosis? What benefits do you get from using ketone bodies as your primary source of energy instead of glucose?
l) the metabolic superiority of fats as a fuel;
2) the mental enhancement that takes place with adequate ketone levels;
3) the greater health and longevity that come from controlling blood sugar levels naturally in the presence of higher ketones.
Ketones are actually the preferred fuel source for the muscles, heart, liver, and brain. These vital organs do not handle carbohydrates very well; in fact, they become damaged when we consume too many carbs.