Dr. Phinney, a leading expert on the Ketogenic diet, explains the Science Behind Ketosis.

I went looking for recent information on nutritional ketosis. What I found was easy to understand videos presented by one of the leading experts on the Ketogenic diet.

Expert Qualifications:Dr. Stephen Phinney is the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Virta Health, the first clinically-proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes without medications or surgery.

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Dr. Phinney is a physician-scientist with 40 years of experience divided between academic internal medicine and industry. He has studied nutritional biochemistry as well as low carbohydrate research and its benefits for physical performance and insulin sensitivity.

His career has emphasized the interaction between diet and exercise and their effects on obesity, body composition, physical performance, and cellular membrane structure.

His extensive experience in the design of clinical nutrition trials in both academic and industrial settings has led to more than 87 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on clinical nutrition and biochemistry.

He is the author of four books, including The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living and The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance, two foundational books on low carb nutrition science and nutritional ketosis that he co-authored with Jeff Volek, Ph.D, RD. Dr. Phinney also previously served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Dr. Phinney received his medical degree from Stanford University, holds a Doctorate in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed post-doctoral research at Harvard University.

The Video Series:

Dr. Stephen Phinney put together a three-part video series on ketogenic diets and nutritional ketosis. You’ll learn the nutrition science behind ketosis and what the research shows regarding its safety and benefits (including if and when you should obtain medical supervision), and how to troubleshoot your eating plan to optimize your ketogenic diet.

The videos can be found at: https://blog.virtahealth.com/dr-stephen-phinney-ketosis-ketogenic-diets/  If the Link does not work, please copy and paste it into your address bar.

PART ONE:  Dr. Stephen Phinney on Nutritional Ketosis and Ketogenic Diets

Stephen Phinney, MD, Ph.D, explains the science of nutritional ketosis, a natural metabolic state in which your body is fueled mainly by fats and ketones, instead of carbohydrates (glucose).

Part 1-2.pngThe healthy blood ketosis range is .1 to 3, which is not close to Keto-acidosis range of 10-20 millimolar.

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PART TWO:  Dr. Stephen Phinney on the Safety and Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet

Stephen Phinney, MD, Ph.D, explains the benefits of a ketogenic diet and the research on the safety of this dietary approach.

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PART THREE:  Dr. Stephen Phinney on Problem Solving a Ketogenic Diet

Are your ketones consistently low? Have a headache? Having trouble figuring out your macros? Stephen Phinney, MD, Ph.D, explains 5 common mistakes people make on a ketogenic diet—and how to fix them.

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This is not a high protein diet.

Protein for the well-formulated Ketogenic diet is in the 15 to 20 per cent range whereas the standard American diet is in the 45 to 55 per cent range.

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Typical menu for a man of Dr. Phinney size, lean and 6 foot tall.

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Weight loss in Keto-adaption phase vs. maintenance phase.

The Ketogenic recommends a daily intake of 20 to 50 grams of Carbohydrates (high fiber vegetables). This is not a high protein diet. It recommends 15 to 20 per cent of the daily calorie intake should be protein. The best proteins are from free-range animals in the form of eggs, poultry, beef, pork and mercury-free fish.  Health fats like avocado, cold-pressed olive oil and coconut oil, and nuts and seeds are eaten until you are satisfied.

If you are in the Keto-adaption fat loss phase, reduce the fat in your daily intake. In the pie chart above, the purple is your body fat, the green is fat coming from your daily intake. In this phase, the fat that is burned is from your body fat!

To learn more please read the book the Dr. Phinney co-authored with Dr. Volek.

New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great Paperback – Mar 2 2010

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