Nutritional Ketosis is a biological process that uses fat as a primary energy source. It mimics starvation by reducing the amount of glucose our body uses for energy (ATP) through the process of glycolysis. ATP is the fuel that living beings use for “doing biological work” - nutritional ketosis is 17 times more efficient at producing ATP that standard carbohydrate-induced glycolysis.
Current global food culture includes high amounts of carbohydrates from grains, which is necessary when fat is in limited supply to provide ample caloric value. Now, fat is ubiquitous and we can obtain healthy energy from quality fats such as avocados, seeds, fatty fish and oils.
One can enter ketosis for personal performance for one day at a time, and work up to many days in a row. The result is a great sense of mental and physical energy, a lack of energy crashing effect, and a sense of reduced craving/hunger satiation.
Ask you doctor about Nutritional Ketosis for chronic illness and weight loss.
Nutritional Ketosis Basics
5-10% of calories from carbs
15-30% of calories from protein (0.6-1.0 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass)
60-75% of calories from fat
Eat real food (10 servings of vegetables per day)
Drink plenty of water (2-3 quarts per day)
Increase electrolytes (sea salt, magnesium, potassium - avocado, beans and hemp seeds are high in the latter two)
Remove processed carbs - flours and sugar foods from your home
Plan meals ahead
Snack on fats (nuts, chocolate and avocado)
Talk with friends about this
Be gentle on yourself, one step at a time