Our overall goal is to switch our bodies from burning sugar as the main fuel source to using ketones. This will lead to a significantly brighter outlook for our future health. Burning fat for fuel instead of sugar is a much more efficient and cleaner fuel. Presently the Navy SEALs are using this eating lifestyle more and more to prevent seizures and medical doctors have recommended kids sustain themselves on this lifestyle to prevent and diminish the number of seizures that they are experiencing. I have been certified through Dr. Berg's office in Virginia. He is a chiropractor who has worked with 40,000 clients and sees the benefits of this lifestyle every day. We will be implementing this in our office the rest of my career. My wife and I will be entering our second year, of this lifestyle, in early February. We are carrying Dr. Berg's supplements here to make it more convenient for our patients to purchase them.
There is a lot of information about ketosis and intermittent fasting on the Internet. We want to make sure that you have the fundamentals so that we do not create any additional problems. It is quite easy to get into ketosis, however, maintaining ketosis and obtaining all the nutrients necessary for health combined with intermittent fasting will take some coaching. We will be glad to do that here.
We have roughly 2,000 calories worth of fuel as sugar and on average the American patient has 70,000 calories worth of fat fuel/ketones. We want to be able to use our own fat to fuel our system so that we can recompose our body , "getting healthy to lose weight". This is not a low calorie diet. It is a low carbohydrate high-fat lifestyle. The sicker we are, the fewer calories we want to ingest of carbohydrates, closer to 20 grams than 50. What puts us into ketosis (using our own fat/ketones to fuel our bodies) is reducing the carbohydrate so that the body has to turn to a different fuel. The body will then begin making machinery to make ketones. This will occur in the mitochondria of the liver. Every person is going to transition differently and it can take anywhere from three days to several weeks.
Part One of Healing:
Our overall goal is to get insulin back to normal levels. Most of us that are wanting to get healthier have insulin in our bloodstream that is 5 to 7 times higher than normal. By changing our lifestyle and eating pattern, we are reducing the insulin level to normal and that will prevent a lot of diseases going forward. There are essential fatty acids and essential proteins but there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate. Now we are going to begin changing your eating patterns to reflect that. In order to do that I have to make sure that you are fat adapted (eating meals that are 70 to 80% fat, gallbladder function?) and are able to break down the nutrients in the cruciferous vegetables and dark leafy greens that I will be asking you to ingest (how is the function of your digestive track?).
Functions of Insulin:
There are numerous functions of insulin but for the sake of this particular article we will keep it to three main functions.
1) stabilize glucose levels in the bloodstream
2) make fat
3) store fat
A healthy individual needs only 1 teaspoon of sugar in the bloodstream which translates to approximately 100 mg/dL of glucose on a typical blood test. The average American consumes 31 teaspoons of sugar per day. This causes insulin to be stimulated to a point where most average Americans have 5 to 7 times too much insulin in our blood. If this is occurring in you then it will be next to impossible to actually lose body fat. As long as insulin is too high in your bloodstream you will not be able to lose fat. If you presently on a low carbohydrate, low-calorie diet you will lose water and muscle protein but not actual body fat.
There are approximately 6 different hormones that helps with fat burning: T-3 thyroid hormone, testosterone, insulin like growth factor, glucagon, adrenaline and human growth hormone. Of these hormones, human growth hormone (HGH) is the most important. What we need to recognize is that we do not have access to using human growth hormone if our insulin levels are too high (inversely proportional relationship). We will not be able to lose fat if this ratio is inappropriate. Therefore if insulin levels are above normal then human growth hormone will be below normal. If we have a normal insulin level then we can have a higher human growth hormone level which will lead to weight loss/fat loss.
Our goal is to avoid triggering insulin and here are some of the things that triggers insulin: sugar, refined grains, frequent eating, lean protein, excess protein, soy oil, trans fats, cortisol, diuretics, statin drugs, MSG, mineral deficiency, vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Part Two of Healing: Intermittent Fasting
Once we are no longer stimulating insulin and have reduced the insulin to normal levels our next step to implement this lifestyle will be to start manipulating the times that we are eating. Depending on the individual our goal will be to eat three times a day with no snacks and an eating window, for those three meals, will be within eight hours. That will give a 16 hours of fasting. After we get fat adapted and are able to break down and ingest our nutrients we will eventually go to two meals a day and extend our fasting. This will depend on the person's schedule and intent. Some will also be able to go to one meal a day and thrive with that scenario.
Now that our insulin levels are normal and we are fasting at least 16 hours to 23 hours a day then the second part of healing occurs.
This word has a Greek origin and means " self eating ". In 2016 a Japanese doctor named Oshumi won the Nobel Prize for his research on this particular subject. What he discovered was that when insulin is normal and we are fasting the body begins recycling cells that are sub-optimal. If we can eat enough healthy fats, proteins and vegetables and create shorter eating windows then we will be using our own fat for fuel as well as recycling, repairing and building new cells. Getting healthy to lose weight.
After approximately 3 to 5 hours along with some additional electronic support and acetone testing we will be able to get you to implement this program within days and weeks depending on your schedule. If you are interested we do the first two consultations at no charge to see if it's something that you may be able to implement in your life.
This particular lifestyle is All or Nothing. I will not be asking you to do anything that my wife and I have not done for ourselves. If you are local we also include cooking classes if that may help you make the transition easier. Contact our office for more information.