Disclaimer: I’m not a genius but I play one in real life.
I am writing this article from the great state of Ketosis. Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. Known generally as a Ketogenic Diet or “Keto.”
A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc.
When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin.
- Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source.
- Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body.
In simple terms, I have switched fuel sources. It’s ketones baby, ketones.
One thing leads to another: Six months ago, while trying to find a suitable replacement for my yucky, sugar-filled French Vanilla coffee creamer at the health food store, I stumbled onto a lot of information about this ketogenic diet. Life changer. This was also my introduction to Bulletproof Coffee. Also called butter coffee. You make your coffee normally, then add grass fed butter and coconut oil and put the whole mess in a blender. Yumeee!
So let me tell you my experience over the last few months. I am experiencing a huge loss of appetite, increased focus, energy, drive and a better night’s sleep. Since I am using fat for energy, I am coaxing those troublesome little pockets of flab from my midsection and retaining muscle mass from all my hard work at the gym. Which will throw you off if you live your life according to scale weight. Like the baby and the bath water, when you lose weight eating normally, you lose muscle too. Not interested.
So that’s just the Cliff Notes of my latest experiment: Me. Feel free to click on the hyperlinks or get back to me here if you want more information. I have just touched on the tip of an iceberg.
Hmmm. Let’s see where’d I put that stick of butter?