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Genetics does not have to dictate my health.

Hello, my name is Lydia. I believe the best way to predict my future is to create it. To do that, I make it a habit to improve my health.

My goal is to maximize my physical performance and mental clarity, body composition, and most importantly my overall health with a wholesome diet and exercise.

Why am I so concerned, you may ask. My motivation came from watching my mother suffer from numerous illnesses. Her life was regulated by when she had to take her drugs.

I have been retired for a while and I have yet to experience any of her illnesses. I attribute that to eating a wholesome diet and exercise.

I supplement my diet with high-quality vitamins, mineral supplements.

In my posts, I focus on two diets: the Ketogenic (Low-Carb) and GAPS (Gut and Psychology / Physiology Syndrome) diets.

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Cravings carbs late at night?

The number one cause of carb cravings at night is not being in ketosis. You are not burning fat.

When you are in ketosis, you do not crave carbs, and you do not feel hungry at night.

Cravings are caused by your blood sugar imbalance due to high-carb foods.

Cravings for carbs at night are a sign that you had a meal earlier in the day (or a few days before) with too many carbs – even if you are on a keto diet for the rest of your meals.

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How to Lose Fat and Build Muscle at the Same Time

Exercise is responsible for about 15% of fat loss. Dietary changes make up for the other 85%.

While your diet makes up the bulk of your fat loss, it’s still important to exercise. The key to building muscle while losing fat is to increase the intensity and volume of your exercise. If you are on keto and are not exercising, you will stop gaining muscle and possibly even lose muscle mass.

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What are the benefits of intermittent fasting on your immune system?

The benefits of fasting are amazing – especially if you can do a 72-hour fast. Most people will need to build up to a fast this long by starting with a 48-hour fast. It’s a good idea to do a 48 or 72-hour fast periodically – maybe once every month or two.

The benefits of fasting on the immune system have to do with growing a new immune system.

Benefits:

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How Long Does it Take to Get into Ketosis After a Cheat Day?

If you have a cheat day you will not just get back into ketosis right away.

Why? Because if it took 2 – 6 weeks to get into ketosis. To get back into ketosis it can between 48 to 72 hours or up to a week.

How long it takes to get back into ketosis depends on these variables:

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Do Not Do Carb Cycling on Keto & Intermittent Fasting

60% of the population has insulin resistance; they cannot get away with carb cycling.

Most people start off burning sugar, running on glycogen and then they decide to go on a ketogenic diet. Then they start entering into ketosis, they start burning their body fat and start running their bodies on ketones.

Proof that our body was designed to burn fat and live on ketones is in the massive fat storage it has as compared to the small amount of glycogen reserve.

You have a lot more stored fat than you have stored sugar.  An average thin person that weighs 154 pounds would have at least 77,000 calories of extra fat reserve but we only have 1,700 calories of stored sugar indicating that our bodies are meant to run on fat fuel not carbs.

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BODY BY SCIENCE (THE “BIG 5” WORKOUT) for Men. (Updated)

Dr. Doug McGuff Bio: Throughout his career as an Emergency Doctor, Dr. McGuff maintained his interest in high intensity exercise. Doug realized a lifelong dream when he opened Ultimate Exercise in November, 1997, where he and his instructors continue to explore the limits of exercise through their personal training of clients. Source: http://www.drmcguff.com/about-doug/

Here are a few of Dr. Doug McGuff’s work out videos for men.

All you need is 15 minutes to complete the Big 5 Workout.

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Body By Science – Four Machines in the Workout for Women. (Updated)

Dr. Doug McGuff Bio: Throughout his career as an Emergency Doctor, Dr. McGuff maintained his interest in high intensity exercise. Doug realized a lifelong dream when he opened Ultimate Exercise in November, 1997, where he and his instructors continue to explore the limits of exercise through their personal training of clients. Source: http://www.drmcguff.com/about-doug/

Here are a few of Dr. Doug McGuff’s work out videos for women. His wife, Wendy, is demonstrating the 4 machines for women.

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Intermittent Fasting Basics for Beginners

Intermittent fasting is not starving. It is eating fewer meals.

Things you can have during your fast are supplements, tea, water and coffee. Try tea, hoodia gardenia (appetite suppressant) – Green Tea leaves (induces Autophagy).

To learn about other things you can have while fasting, read this blog post.

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How Much Weight Can I Lose When Fasting? 

What is Intermittent Fasting?  Most people eat in a six-hour window and fast for 18 hour. This is with eating two meals. No snacks.

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