Today show covers the keto diet

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What is ketosis?
The body always seeks out glucose (and its stored form, glycogen) for fuel. Limiting carbohydrates mean limiting the body’s favorite fuel — and so it must adapt.

The alternative solution is to burn stored fat instead. The metabolic shift from burning glucose to fat produces ketones. Ketones are important because while the body is burning fat for energy, the brain doesn’t have the ability to do this. Instead, the brain will fuel on ketones produced by the liver instead. Once the body fuels on fat and the brain fuels on ketones, you are in ketosis.

What is the ketogenic diet?
The keto diet is one in which you drain your liver glycogen stores and force the body to find that alternative fuel. In addition to limiting carbohydrates to achieve this, protein content may also need to be reduced. That’s because protein actually has a small insulin-stimulating effect, which suppresses ketone creation.

I would say this is a good overview. Some of it is a little off the mark and Kristin Kirkpatrick doesn’t cover the part about how your body can make it’s own glucose through gluconeogenesis.

Gluconeogenesis – 24 hours to 2 days – The liver manufactures new glucose from amino acids in a process called “gluconeogenesis”. Literally, this is translated as “making new glucose”. In non-diabetic persons, glucose levels fall but stay within the normal range.

The Fasting Method

It’s a good introduction to keto and low carb lifestyles. I would suggest picking up some books though if you really want the details on a lifestyle that can have enormous health benefits for almost everyone.

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The Spruce Eats – keto friendly meal delivery services for 2020 reviewed

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Going keto is confusing for some. It doesn’t have to be any harder than starting with reducing your intake of carbohydrates. But, if you don’t know where to start there is an article on The Spruce Eats where they review 9 keto meal delivery services that could get you started right away without the guesswork.

I haven’t tried any of the services mentioned but I’ve been living this way for a long time so it’s second nature. They give you the ins and outs and what each service might set you back. Check it out!

It seems every day there’s a new meal delivery company hitting the marketplace, many of which cater to special diets like paleo and low-carb. Since they take the guesswork, as well as the prep work, out of cooking, they’re a boon to anyone trying to eat healthy.

We searched for companies that truly cater to the needs of keto dieters when coming up with this list. We also prioritized those that build their meals on high-quality ingredients. And nobody wants to be frustrated by the ordering process, so we looked for companies with easy-to-navigate websites that are transparent about their pricing, plans, packaging, and shipping. For instance, we chose offerings for one-time orders (Paleo On The Go), as well as subscription options (Snap Kitchen, Fresh N’ Lean, Factor).

The Spruce Eats
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Are cherries keto friendly?


I say they are not. Only because it is very hard to stop eating too many. According to this article in Women’s Health Magazine there are way too many carbs in a cup of cherries. I wish they would give the portion size by weight because it would make more sense than by volume. You can’t fit too many cherries in a cup and the number will very depending on the size of the cherry.

In one cup of tart cherries, there are 18.9 grams of carbs and 13.2 grams of sugar. In one cup of sweet cherries, there are 24.7 grams of carbs and 19.7 grams of sugar. Eating a whole serving of tart or sweet cherries can take up almost all of your daily allotment of carbs. Instead, Agyeman suggests eating a few cherries at a time.

Women’s Health Magazine

Fighting COVID-19 by going low carb

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More and more evidence shows that the high risk factors for dying from COVID-19 can be reversed within weeks when going on a low carb diet. Almost immediately blood sugars stabilize, people become less insulin resistant, and inflammation throughout the body goes down.

Other studies have found that dietary changes can rapidly and substantially improve cardiovascular risk factors, including conditions like hypertension that are major risk factors for worsened Covid-19 outcomes. A 2011 study in the journal Obesity on 300 clinic patients eating a very low-carbohydrate diet saw blood pressure quickly drop and remain low for years. And a 2014 trial on 148 subjects, funded by the National Institutes of Health, found a low-carb diet to be “more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction” than a low-fat control diet at the end of the 1-year experiment.

Wall Street Journal

Ketogenic diet as therapy through the pandemic

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The reason I’ve stayed with the ketogenic diet is because it’s transformed my mental well-being. After a lifetime of struggle with anxiety and mood swings, I am now a relatively relaxed, calm, and stable human. My energy levels are through the roof: Now that my metabolism burns fat instead of carbs, I sleep one or two hours less each night than I used to, and I rarely feel tired or need an alarm to wake up. And I’ve gone from being a nightly pot smoker to being 100% sober.

VA is testing the Keto Diet on veterans with Type 2 Diabetes

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Diabetes experts are expressing concerns over the VA using the Keto Diet on veterans with Type 2 Diabetes? Why? This diet was designed to help those with epileptic seizures and Type 2 diabetes. Going keto helps to increase a person’s sensitivity to insulin thereby using their own body’s ability to utilize fat for energy rather than store glucose as fat. For people with epilepsy going keto allows their brains to depend on ketones rather than blood glucose and that has the effect of reducing or eliminating debilitating seizures.

What should be more controversial is the use of a Silicon Valley company to institute and track veterans that are using the Keto Diet. Why does the VA need them? They would be better off using glucose and ketone monitors and just consult with patients. There is no need to send taxpayer dollars to a private company for what a VA doctor can do.

The assertion is at the heart of an ongoing debate about the keto diet’s effect on diabetes. Some diabetes experts are skeptical of Virta’s promise and are expressing concerns that the company’s partnership with the federal government is giving the diet too much credence.

The agreement has helped raise the national profile of Virta, a fledgling health company that has developed a proprietary system of remote coaching and monitoring for people with Type 2 diabetes to help them follow the keto diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates.

Going keto at fast food restaurants

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Men’s Health Magazine has an article on “keto hacks” while eating out at fast food or fast casual restaurants. I’m really against using the word “hacks” for this stuff but I guess it’s what people click on these days.

Like eating at any other restaurant it’s all about your choices. Some of the suggestions here are a little goofy. If I’m going low carb I’d most likely stay away from Taco Bell. If I’m getting Taco Bell I’m going to enjoy all it’s carby goodness! Then get back to business the next day.

As the ketogenic diet continues to bask in its popular glory, some restaurants (Chipotle, cough cough) are jumping on the bandwagon to appease their consumer bases.

But what’s a person in ketosis to do if a restaurant doesn’t have a keto-approved menu item?

Men’s Health

Study claims Keto Diet adversely effects bone density

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The study took 30 speed walkers and put half on the Keto Diet. They looked at their bone density before and after embarking on the diet. While they did show that the athletes on the Keto Diet had less bone density after changing their diet the study only followed them for 3 weeks. So, there is no way to know what happens after maintaining a low carb diet over a long period once the athletes became fat adapted.

Then the athletes embarked on three and a half weeks of intense training, while eating mostly fat or mostly carbs. Afterward, the researchers again drew their blood and rechecked the markers of bone health.

They found differences. The markers of bone breakdown were higher now among the athletes on the keto diet than at the start of the study, while those indicating bone formation and overall metabolism were lower. These same markers were generally unchanged in the high-carb athletes. The athletes on the ketogenic diet, in other words, showed signs of impaired bone health.

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Don’t get your information from

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I saw the headline and I knew it would be about the ketogenic diet. So I clicked to confirm and I was right. What I didn’t expect was the massive amount of inaccurate information in such a small crappy article.

Like most other diets, keto’s best advertisers are the people painfully dragging themselves through its rigorous limits: No carbs, no sugars, no alcohol, no joy, etc. Keto followers are supposed to obtain 75 percent of their calories through fats, like meat (and bacon!!!).

The parts I emphasized above and below are simply not true.

Keto is supposed to “work” by putting the body into a state of “ketosis,” a sort of shock-state where the body starts breaking down stored fats to gain energy.

Emphasis mine

Ketosis is not a “shock-state” for your body. This is such crap misinformation.

I’m playing into their game by quoting the article and linking to it. I only link to it because I’m taking quotes. Don’t bother clicking on the links it will only help them sell their bullshit.

Biochemist recommends Elon Musk send people to Mars on the keto diet

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Why is a biochemist recommending that Elon Musk put people on a keto diet when sending them to Mars? The first reason is cost. He says it will save money. The second reason is that the biochemist is Chief Medical Officer of a company that pushes the keto diet for diabetes reversal.

Phinney, a nutritional biochemist and chief medical officer of diabetes-reversal company Virta Health, has been studying nutrition, and particularly ketosis, for decades.

He’s learned that it may be easier for some people to excel in extreme endurance pursuits if they carry lots of fuel in their bodies, as the keto diet allows, rather than on their backs, bikes — or in their spaceships.