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.


Keto Meal Delivery Services?

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There’s a meal delivery service for everything now. I ran across this story in US News and World Report that talks about how difficult it is to follow the Keto Diet. And also provides a little misinformation.

“The classic keto diet is a high fat, adequate protein, low carbohydrate diet designed to produce ketosis through mimicking the metabolic changes of starvation,” says Cathy Leman, a registered dietitian nutritionist and founder of Dam. Mad. About Breast Cancer, a nutritional consulting firm aimed at helping breast cancer patients and survivors.

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I don’t think ketosis is considered mimicking metabolic starvation anymore. From what I’ve been reading ketosis is more and more being considered what our natural metabolic state is supposed to be. We fall out of ketosis by eating things that overload our systems with glucose which our body then fights off by producing insulin in order to get rid of the excess we’re not using to store it as fat. Consuming a “recommended” diet keeps our system filled with glucose and keeps the insulin pumping which then continues the storage of fat. Consuming a keto diet reduces the amount of insulin in the system which then stops the storage of fat and encourages our bodies to burn the fuel we already have either in our bloodstream or in our fat stores.

The article then goes into some services that will send you meal kits. You don’t need this or any other meal service. If you have a computer or a smartphone you have all the tools you need to learn about the Keto Diet and how to implement it for yourself. And if you don’t know how to cook YouTube is a fantastic resource to learn just about anything you need to know about basic cooking techniques.

You’ll get far more knowledge and save a lot of money by just buying your own food and learning on your own how to prepare it.

Here’s a great web site to get you started if you have absolutely no idea where to start. You’ll find all the information you need as well as recipes to get you started. Instagram is a great place to find people who have put out keto cookbooks. You’ll get far more mileage out of a good cookbook than prepared meal kits. It’s not that you can’t learn from a meal kit service it’s that you don’t need them to learn.

The cult of keto?? Uh oh…

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So now the Keto Diet has reached cult status! Why does everyone have to do this? If people want to eat this way and it’s working for them then leave them alone.

While some normal people might use keto judiciously to shed a few pounds fast, it also has a host of weirdly tribal followers. At the extreme end (#ketolife #yes2meat, #LCHF and the various keto and carnivore Reddit pages), it’s a magnet for angry, shirtless white men spouting ill-informed nutrition zealotry (I put it kindly).

Of course just because there are many nutters in the keto community doesn’t mean it isn’t a valid way of eating if it works for you and you take an informed opinion of the potential risks. But honestly? At the moment the hysteria isn’t supported by the evidence.

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c|net covers keto?!?

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How far has c|net fallen from the technology news site it used to be? I used to religiously read c|net and follow many of the columnists and hosts in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Now they’re reporting on the Keto Diet? Who do they think they are? The Verge?

The average keto dieter wants to keep their carb intake to between 15 and 20 grams per day (or less), depending on body type. To put things in perspective, a single apple or banana has over 25 grams of carbs alone, so navigating a keto diet on any restaurant menu is tricky but you’ll have to do even more homework and question-asking at fast-food and fast-casual chains, where carb-less menu items can be scarce.

Though most national chains have been slow to catch up to the fad, Chipotle announced keto bowls earlier this year and it may not be too long before others follow suit. Until then, we did some digging into the menus of some of the nation’s most popular fast food and fast-casual chains to help you pick low-carb options to stay in full ketosis. All day. Every day.


Reading the article made me a little sad. Not because of the information, as people on the keto diet are always looking for options, but because this really doesn’t belong on c|net.

What’s the diff between keto and paleo?

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In short, the difference is primarily whether or not you consume processed or unprocessed food. With keto many people eat processed foods because they are just watching their macros. With paleo you can’t eat processed food because you’re restricting yourself to things that the supposed Paleolithic man would have eaten.

To me, it all boils down to what works for you. If sugar causes you trouble then paleo is not for you because it allows for the consumption of honey and many fruits that would cause someone to get booted out of ketosis. If those natural sugars don’t cause trouble then have at it!

The keto and paleo diets are among the most popular diets today. They share some similarities, but there are also differences in the foods they allow, their effects on the body, and key health effects.

The ketogenic (keto) diet focuses on eating a particular balance of macronutrients. The goal is to enter a state of ketosis, where the body begins to burn fat for health or weight loss.

The Paleolithic (paleo) diet focuses on eating foods that humans would have eaten in the Stone Age. The goal is to eliminate modern processed foods for health or weight loss.

This article looks at the similarities and differences between the keto and paleo diets, including their benefits, food lists, and side effects.

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Meet the Ketotarian. To each his own I guess.


Everyone needs to feel virtuous I guess. Why? Just eat what you like. You’re not saving the planet by eating vegetables instead of meat. You’re not saving the animals by eating vegetables instead of meat. No matter what you are, carnivore, omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan you’re killing something to consume it. You’re either killing plants or animals for your own sustenance. And in a billion years, if the human race still exists and they record and remember what we’re doing today, they will laugh at the silliness of it all.

Keto is a hot topic in eating trends these days. It’s based on an extremely low-carb diet, limiting foods like grains, cereals, bread, pasta, beans, starchy veggies like potatoes, most fruits, sugar and other sweeteners. Typically, this means eating a lot more red meat, butter, and cheese.

But cutting back on animal products is popular too, as a plant-based diet has well-known benefits for heart health and protecting the planet.

So which should you choose?

Maybe you don’t have to. Meet ketotarian eating, which “marries the best of both plant-based and ketogenic diets,” said Will Cole, a functional medicine doctor and author of “Ketotarian: The (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation.”

According to Cole and other ketotarian advocates, the diet provides the benefits of ketosis — transitioning the body to burning fat instead of sugar — but without the health and environmental risks of a lot of animal products.


Men’s Journal highlights keto supplements

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I’ve never taken a multi-vitamin or any other health supplement. I’ve always believed that we can get everything we need from what we eat. Wild animals don’t need supplements for health so why should we?

Men’s Journal is trying to make the argument that people on the keto diet need supplements because the diet is restrictive. But, is it really restrictive? I don’t think so.

The ketogenic diet is everywhere these days, particularly among athletes who want to slim down while bulking up. But the fat-rich keto diet is rather restrictive; there are a lot of foods you can’t eat. If you’re on the keto diet, you need to take keto supplements to replace the nutrients from foods like carbs and dairy that you can’t eat anymore.

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The Plant and Animal War is real.

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There is a war going on between Plant People and Animal People and whoever wins is going to decide what we eat. Right now it’s a war of words and I hope it doesn’t go beyond that.

Plant People are claiming the Animal People are killing the planet we all live on while Animal People are claiming the Plant People are killing us by feeding us poison. There are statistics to back up both sides and who knows who is telling the truth.

I think both sides are wrong and the biggest threat to both sides is waste. Western Civilization wastes more food, both plant and animal based, than any other civilization in the history of the world. Furthermore, politics funnels money to both sides of the argument thereby wasting money that could be better spent elsewhere.

I’m not listening to either side. I don’t believe either one is trying to kill the planet or kill people. Everyone just needs to sit down, shut up, and eat the food you like and don’t waste it.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization published a study in 2006 stating livestock produced 18% of the world’s GHG’s.8 The World Watch Organization then posted a study in 2009 stating that livestock encompasses 51% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).5

This led to the conclusion that the environmental impact of eating meat was the largest contributor to climate change. These facts were wildly misconstrued and later corrected by the paper’s senior author. However, the idea was already planted and has since been perpetuated.

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A United Nations report released just last week suggests the world’s beef-heavy consumption patterns are taking a serious toll on the health of our planet: food systems are now responsible for 37% of greenhouse gas emissions, and cow manure is a major part of that equation, as it releases large amounts of climate-changing nitrous oxide and methane into the air.

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If you’re the keto friendly way you’re killing the planet!

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Sheesh. What is a Harvard education worth these days? A Harvard nutrition professor is the latest “Chicken Little” proclaiming that the sky is falling and Keto people are responsible. If this is the type of person that might teach doctors about nutrition then we’re all in trouble.

“Eating a keto diet that’s especially high in red meat will be undermining the sustainability of the climate,” Harvard nutrition professor Dr. Walter Willett told Business Insider. “It’s bad for the person eating it, but also really bad for our children and our grandchildren, so that’s something I think we should totally, strongly advise against. It’s — in fact — irresponsible.”

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The history of the Keto Diet

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If you’re curious how this all came to be the latest fad Men’s Health Magazine has a good article with a rundown on how it all came to be. There aren’t really any conclusions drawn about the Keto Diet and I think the article does provide some balance. It especially emphasizes that with all diets you have to tailor it to the individual. Different people will respond differently to different diets. Do what works for you.

If you’re like most fitness-minded people, you’ve probably dabbled with trendy eating plans at least once. But what makes a fad diet tip? That’s a question that Adrienne Rose Bitar, a nutrition historian at Cornell University, has spent her career answering. “Most diets start with some unhappiness we have with our lives and bodies,” she says. This makes us susceptible to simple, counter-intuitive messages that blame our dissatisfaction on a single culprit. Low-fat diet: fat is bad, so don’t eat it. Paleo: processed foods are bad, so stick to the kind of “pre-industrial” food that your ancestors ate.

With keto, you do exactly what your doctor (and likely mother) told you not to: eat the delicious, fatty foods and skip the vegetables. While this might partly explain keto’s rise in popularity, it overlooks a crucial aspect of the story. The keto diet, it turns out, was not developed to aid weight loss. It was designed for epileptics.

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