Ketones and how I learned to love fat
Ketones and how I learned to love fat
So here it is! The big secret is out! Fats are in, carbs are out! But what’s the subtext? Why is it now all of a sudden fats became good? I’m here to tell you there is valid supported evidence to back the theory that we thrive on fats versus heavy grain carbs.
So… what does the hardbodygeek have to say about it?
You should be eating healthy fat as often as possible. We as human beings are designed to use fat as a primary source of energy in the absence of glycogen or carbohydrates by burning ketones. Ketones are molecules created by the breaking down of fats, creating fatty acids that are then burned in the liver as energy through beta-oxidation. If you are eating 300 grams of carbs or not your body still goes through ketosis while sleeping. The moving towards the more efficient and effective lifestyle of high-fat eating means benefits beyond fat loss and the pursuit of the dream body. For instance, the burning of ketones allows for an increase in mitochondrial function and therefore allowing nobodies to run thirty percent more efficiently than glucose. In addition, luckily for you, the gateway to better mental performance, health, and physical attractiveness are one and the same! The key? Get your body burning ketones more often.
To begin you will need to start moving to a high-fat diet, moderate protein diet and staying away from carbohydrates almost entirely. Now I know you’ve been told about the importance of carbohydrates in the diet and how they are necessary to provide energy. However, that is not absolutely true. The reason being is that your body needs glucose but it does not need carbohydrates to function properly. The body will find ways to supply glucose even in the absence of carbohydrates mostly through a process called gluconeogenesis, which turns amino acids from protein to glucose. Your energy will come from the fat that is burned through consumption or through stored fat on the body. Sadly, the transition into burning this energy through conversions of metabolic processes leaves the user very lethargic for the first 2 to 3 days. These low points will subside and your body will begin using ketones effectively. To begin the process, you must enter ketosis and the most surefire way to do so is to do a fat fast.
A fat fast essentially 24-hour period spent consuming only fats to achieve your daily caloric intake. Taking it too far. It will allow you to deplete your glucose reserves away from proteins and carbohydrates, consuming just fats alone is a surefire way to get your body to change metabolic pathways. If a 24 hour fat fast is too daunting, moving to a low carbohydrate diet and slowly transitioning into a no carbohydrate diet will get you to the same outcome just a little slower. The way to test for your body’s ability to burn ketones is to use ketones strips that will assist how many ketone bodies you have in your waste. In order to remain in a ketogenic pathway it will not break back into the traditional glycogen dependent diet you must remain under 50 grams of carbs per day. The fat and protein content per day, for the most part will not pull you out of ketosis unless you have excessive amounts of protein. However, do remember that you must eat the necessary amounts of fats and proteins every day eating too little under your caloric requirements is just as bad as eating too much. I recommend eating at least .8-1gram/lb of your lean body mass. (your weight) – (your body fat percentage) = lean body mass
Here’s an example of a ketogenic diet structure for 6’1 21-year-old 197 pound male training 4 times a week, looking to lose body fat.
Calories Per Day: 2353
Fat: 65 percent (169 grams)
Protein: 30 percent (176 grams)
Carbs: 5 percent (29 grams)