High sugar stimulates insulin and insulin will do two things. Insulin is a fat making hormone but it also prevents the burning of fat. If you are in a chronic stress state, your body is not going to be able to get you into ketosis because of high cortisol and the high sugar and the high insulin so it is going to be really hard for you to get in the state of fat-burning if you have high cortisol.
Could your stress be what is preventing full ketosis and causing your keto plateau?
If a person plateaus or they are not progressing like they should on the keto diet, in many cases, they look at their carbohydrate levels, fasting, or fats. But, stress could actually cause this as well.
What is a Ketone? A Ketone is not a fat. It is not a carbohydrate. It is not a protein. It has characteristics of both a fat and a carbohydrate but it is not either. It comes from fat. A Ketone is an alternative fuel source. You get Ketones is by lowering your carbohydrates in your diet or you reduce the frequency of eating. This is why we recommend a low carb diet with intermittent fasting. That way you can maximize your ability to make Ketones.
Ketones have many advantages versus regular glucose fuel:
It will increase your oxygen in your body.
It increases your energy.
It supports the brain. In fact your brain prefers Ketones over glucose, same thing with the heart.
If your heart or brain is damaged, Ketones are the answer and they can bypass the mechanical damage pathways and feed the tissues directly.
Most of the body tissues can run on ketones, but some parts need glucose. However, you still don’t need to consume glucose. Your body can make glucose when it needs to through something called gluconeogenesis, glucose, neo meaning new, genesis meaning the creation of.
Your body can make glucose if it needs it from fat, Ketones and proteins. You do not need to consume carbohydrates to get glucose. It does take time to turn the fat into Ketones. It will take between 3 to 5 days. It all depends on how damaged insulin is in your body, how damaged your pancreas is, if you are a pre-diabetic, if you are a diabetic, or if you have insulin resistance, it is going to take longer and longer to adapt but by lowering the carbs and going intermittent fasting you will get there a lot faster.
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.
We will learn how to avoid all keto side effects. Many people are afraid of experiencing the keto flu or other side effects when going on a ketogenic diet. However, if you start on the healthy version of keto from the beginning, you should not experience any adverse side effects.
This tip is recommended for people who have done the keto (Ketogenic) diet for a while and are plateaued, stuck, slow and doing one meal a day. It is for those people who are trying to lose weight and have been doing lots of past dieting and created a slow metabolism – you need to extend your fast longer and longer. If you are fasting and your body is burning fat with no hunger, why eat? Your body IS eating its own fat and when you eat you shut down this process.
This video is not meant for the new person starting keto. This video is for the person who has done keto for a while and they are plateaued.
If you are new to keto, please watch this video, How To Start Keto Correctly – For Beginners
Can the Keto Diet Decrease Your Fitness Performance? No.
Dr. Berg refers to studies that demonstrate the increase in performance for athletes. I was unable to find the link to the studies he referred to.
In this video Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. D’Agostino who tells us how the Ketogenic diet increased the performance of navy deep sea divers. Here is the link, Dr. Mercola and Dr. D’Agostino on Ketogenic Diet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LDc5TxOcvA
When you run your body on ketones, you get less oxidative stress, meaning that your organs and tissues don’t break down as easily.
Two of the top ultra marathon runners are on keto. One of them, Zach Bitter, took the US record for a 100-mile event, done in 11 hours and 40 minutes.