What in the heck is the Ketogenic Diet? (Part 4 of 6)

“Eating your Hands” is the basic way to start off on a ketogenic lifestyle. The recommendation is to “eat your hands” three meals a day for approximately two weeks. If you’re choosing the correct foods, there shouldn’t be much need to snack in between meals. Eating good fats, should satisfy your hunger, so that there is rarely a need to go rummaging for food every two hours. After two weeks of “eating your hands” then we want to add in something called intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is exactly what it sounds like, fasting intermittently. The best way to do this is after you’ve successfully completed two weeks of “eating your hands” with no snacking in between, pick a morning and try and skip breakfast that day. It may sound crazy, but it’s easier than you might think. The simple rule to follow is: make sure you don’t stick any food in your mouth from about 7 PM (dinner) at night, until about 12 o’clock (lunch) the next day. I usually recommend skipping 2-3 breakfasts a week, over the next two weeks.

Once you’ve accomplished two weeks of intermittent fasting, by skipping some breakfasts, now it’s decision time. If you continue like this, you’ll continue to lose weight, reset your metabolism, and continue to make the conversion from sugar burner to fat burner. However, if you want to take things to the next level, with continued fasting, you can start to put your body into a state called Autophagy. Autophagy is a term that most people have never heard of. It is won the Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine for Yoshinori Ohsumi in 2016. Autophagy literally translates to “self-eating” This concept emerged in the 1960’swhen researchers fist observed that the cell could destroy its own contents by enclosing it in membranes and sending its contents to a recycling compartment called a lysosome.

The benefits of Autophagy are many. The idea is that the body is extremely efficient. Whenever there are cells that are faulty, and are not functioning properly, the body literally starves them to death. During a fast, your body is deriving energy from stored body fat. In this scenario, there is a limited amount of energy to go around. The body feeds the cells that are functioning properly and dismantles the cells that are not. Autophagy is the body’s own recycling plant. Many believe that Autophagy is the reason our ancient ancestors didn’t have to suffer through a lot of the diseases that plague our modern society. In the world we live in today, with an over abundance of food, the faulty cells are being fed too. These cells are “allowed” to proliferate and grow, and chaos can quickly ensue.

Next week we’ll talk about how long it takes for your body to get into the state of Autophagy, and how with continued fasting, your body starts to create stem cells…

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