Episode 17 - The Ketogenic Diet
This week on the Misfit Project we break down the wildly trending ketogenic diet. Defining what causes the body to produce ketones and what technically constitutes an exact ketogenic diet is the first task we go after, but often these sort of details fall short of helping someone achieve the results they’re seeking.
The real goal in this episode is to go after the actual reasoning behind why this works so well for so many people, and in turn, allow that to guide anyone looking into implementing a ketogenic diet. Long story short this diet works because of the impact it has on our blood sugar. A diet that clears up the gut bugs begging for sugar, mitigates hunger, and lacks energy crashes is a diet that can become very repeatable, even in a calorie deficit. That being said the critical portion of that sentence as it relates to your success or failure on this diet is the deficit. If we overeat on this diet, we are still going to struggle to lose weight. The body will never need to turn to our body fat for energy if we’re going beyond filling up our cells with the energy they need. The myth that you can eat as much as you want if the carbs aren’t involved is usually one that’s being used to sell something. The reality is we will typically take in fewer calories on this diet due to the normalization of blood sugar.
The final stab at ensuring someone can have a successful run at this way of eating is making sure they’re taking in a hefty dose of vegetables. We need that insoluble fiber to work its magic on our gut biome that is newly rid of the sugar bugs. Once you’ve dialed in a way to make the bulk of your diet healthy fats, nutrient dense protein, and vegetables, it’s time to introduce fasting into the equation. The benefits of intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet are very harmonious together.
We hope you enjoy a glimpse into the keto world as we see it. If you decide to give it (or one of the variations explained) a try, let us know how it goes!