OK, so when we last discussed the wonderful and constant fat utilizing state that is ketosis, the focus was primarily on how a few slight alterations to your diet can get you there. I said that in the follow up article, which is this one, that I would expand on other food options available to make this diet a healthy one and that’s discussed a little bit, but I’ll really get into that even more in the third installment.
Today I thought we could talk more about how once we’ve gotten into ketosis, there is an incredible hormonal advantage that is going to help dramatically to get you where you want to go. If you’re reading this then I’m assuming where you want to get to is a lean and athletic physique that also functions like one.
This very clear advantage that I speak of, which is unique to this diet and a feature which it has over all others, is that it very much boosts the production of hormones in your body that are beneficial to both fat loss and muscle gain. The main hormone I’m speaking of here is testosterone.
On a traditional diet where calories are restricted, the production of testosterone is actually suppressed. As your testosterone drops, so does the amount of muscle you’re carrying. As the amount of muscle you have declines, your metabolism slows, grinding your fat loss to a halt. The only way to get it started again is to further lower your calories and the above stated cycle continues.
When you’re in ketosis, all that fat you’re consuming to give your body energy is actually causing an increase in the production of testosterone. Increased levels of testosterone is a great way to even build a little muscle tissue during this fat loss phase. Any increase in muscle will have a corresponding increase in your basal metabolic rate.
So now you’re burning fat 24 hours a day and boosting your metabolism. Name me any other diet that can make these claims and actually back them up with science and I’ll happily write about this other non existent diet as well.
Now regarding all this extra fat that you’re using to your advantage, I prefer to get as much of it from healthy sources as possible. You absolutely can live on a strict diet of bacon and sausages with some processed lunch meats thrown in for good measure and make great progress. But that progress will come at the expense of your health and the best way to have an attractive and healthy looking body is to actually have a healthy body.
I know, that’s a crazy concept. Just when you thought diets were all about denial and going without to attain your goals, now you’re being told to be healthy too? That’s just too much, which one is it going to be? Since when does looking good have anything to do with health? Since always, because if you want to look like you’re healthy, then you need to be healthy.
Obviously this diet will be leaning fairly heavily on animal protein in the form of beef, chicken, eggs and some full fat dairy, but that doesn’t mean you have to be eating fatty cuts of meat to get that fats you need. You can still have leaner cuts of meat with the fats you need coming also from nuts, seeds and delicious and highly nutritious sources such as avocado.
Also, whole eggs please. This whole egg white fad has got to go. If you’re eating omega eggs then it’s the yolks that contain the omega three as well as a whole host of valuable vitamins and minerals. Whether you’re doing keto or not, eating whole eggs is always a great idea.
Just to touch on the full fat dairy option, as long as you aren’t going overboard then plain yogurt with something like berries mixed in is another great option. Berries of all varieties are great low glycemic carbs and very nutrient dense. Of course there’s my personal pre training meal of whey, water and whip cream. As in just drink the whip cream for a nice amount of fat to remind your body that it’s fat we’re using for fuel here, save those amino’s in the whey for protein synthesis, not for conversion into glucose.
There you have it. Eating fat helps you lose fat, maintain and even gain muscle due to the extra testosterone being produced as a result of the higher fat intake, and if you make getting the fat you need from healthy sources, then you can maintain a healthy diet. As you can obviously tell from reading this I’m a big believer in the benefits of this kind of diet, and I mean diet as food you eat, not just as a method of weight loss. Really when you make keto a part of your life it’s just a lifestyle decision, one with many benefits. More on that later.