Keto Explained

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“Don’t blame the butter for what the bread did.” – Unknown

Hi Three to Five Tribe! For the past two months I have been practicing a Keto lifestyle. (Think 80% of daily calories coming from healthy fat sources). Yes I know, cue the gasps, but remember, dietary fat does not make you fat! Healthy fat sources are actually really good for you. If you need a reminder, here are ten reasons why fat is your friend.

Today, I want to geek out on the science of Ketosis, so you can understand the true science behind this amazing process. If you have ever wanted to know what’s the deal with Keto, then this is the blog post for you! Grab some ghee and get to reading.


The Science of Keto

Glucose is a basic sugar. It is produced every time we eat and the body relies on it as a fuel source. Out of all the macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrates), carbohydrates supply the largest amount of glucose to the body because they are immediately converted into their basic sugar state upon consumption. This is because carbohydrates are so easy to break down by the body. The human body is amazing, but let’s be real, it can be pretty lazy when it wants to be. Given the choice of working hard or hardly working, the body is going to choose hardly working every time it can, which means it is going to go for the the carbohydrates first. This essentially means you are a sugar burner. You are getting your main source of energy from glucose, which is a basic sugar, therefore you are a sugar burner. #hatetobreakittoyou

In the body, when there is an absence of carbohydrates, there is simultaneously an absence of glucose, which means there is a larger amount of dietary fat in the blood stream. Time out for a sec: This is presuming you are eating more healthy fats daily. I am talking about a lot more healthy fats, like 180 grams of healthy fat or more. Remember, Keto means getting 80% of your daily calories from healthy fat sources. More avocados and coconut oil please! Okay, back to your normal programming…When there is a larger supply of fat in the body, the body begins to retrain itself to use fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates. Your body is essentially becoming a fat burner by using fat sources as its main form of energy as opposed to glucose, when you were considered a sugar burner.

Without the presence of carbohydrates in the body, the liver begins to metabolize a lot of dietary fat (I am referring to healthy fat, so back away from that cupcake). When this happens, the liver begins to produce ketone bodies aka ketones. These ketones are then used as an alternative source of fuel for the liver, brain, and ultimately the entire body. When you start producing ketones you have reached a state of ketosis. #congratulations Your body will now start using fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates, thereby making you a fat burning machine.

 


Believe me, this is not as easy as it sounds. I enrolled in a six week program that provided the proper resources, tools, coaching, and support to successfully switch my body over from a sugar burner to a fat burner and it was worth every single penny.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, I highly highly recommend you check it out here.

Now go eat some healthy fats!

Live Healthy, Happy & Fabulously Three to Five Meals at a Time,
-ox

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7 thoughts on “Keto Explained

  1. Love this! Our brains too run so much better on good healthy fats and not carbs/sugar!! One of my favorite fats is using MCT oil or brain octane in my coffee. And once in awhile I’ll add some grass fed butter! YUMMM!! 🙂

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  2. Hey!! What made you switch from whole 30 to keto? You seemed to have great results with the whole 30! I’ve been considering both so I’m curious!

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    1. Hi Jess! Thank you so much for reading and reaching out. I am still practicing a Whole30 lifestyle, I have just incorporated Keto as well.

      Ever since completing 4 Whole30’s last year I have pretty much just made Whole30 my every day lifestyle since then.

      I stick to Whole30 + Keto + Intermittent Fasting the majority of the time because that is when my body feels the best!

      Do you incorporate Whole30 or Keto or perhaps something else? I love to hear what other people use within their daily lifestyles!

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      1. Thanks for the response! I follow whole30 with the exception of GF bread and do IF but mine is a 13 hour daily fast from 8pm to 9am. I take BCAAs in the AM before my workouts. I’ve been considering keto for a while. I’ve just reduced my carb intake and think replacing it with a higher amount of good fats seems to make sense so that’s the direction I’m heading. I’m also just trying to be intuitive about eating and not follow strict macros while making sure I’m giving my body what it needs… which has been hard but I’m working on it.

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      2. Happy FriYAY Jess! Wow, you clearly sound like you know what you are doing! A total pro.

        I am all about that Whole30 life and love IF. I try and do at least a minimum of 12 hours, but if I can go longer I definitely do. Oh my gosh and BCAAS, do not even get me started. Those are life for me post workout. No joke!

        I must say, I was inspired by your initial question last week (thank you for the inspo!) and planned on putting together a post next week about why I have started to incorporate Keto into my lifestyle, so I will be giving you a shoutout.

        I love eating real, whole foods (thank you Whole30), but Keto has helped me heal my hormones and a happy side effect – my sweet tooth cravings are completely gone! With stable blood sugar levels all day long (thank you Keto!), I can go hours without eating. I used to need food consistently every 2-4 hours and now I can go anywhere from 4-6 hours without even thinking about food. It’s amazing! No need to freak out about packing snacks or having food around, my body is fueled by ketones from all the healthy fat I am eating and I absolute love it. I highly recommend it!

        If you are seriously considering going Keto, there are plenty of wonderful resources (i.e. websites, blogs, podcasts). My personal favorite is Shawn Mynar and her podcast with Meg Doll, “The Nourished Podcast.” Shawn has a TON of great blog posts on her website regarding keto. Check them out if you are interested!

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