Personal Update 201710 | 31 October 2017 | Tuesday
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Health & Wellness
This past month I’ve transitioned my body into a state of keto-adaption by significantly reducing my carbohydrate intake and caloric intake. I’m combining a ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting, and my exercise program of yoga, walking, biking, elliptical, and lifting 10,000 pounds per day. It all sounds intensive, but it’s really not bad — for reasons I’ll explain.
Our bodies normally run on carbs and sugar. Because carbs and sugar make us very hungry, we normally have an excess of these entering our system and the excess is stored as fat. Over time, this results in obesity. Lethargy is a side effect of eating high quantities of carbs and sugar. That lack of energy usually results in eating more food to get more energy. It’s a vicious cycle. Because carbs and sugar are considered to be more addictive than cocaine or heroine, they are very hard to give up. The high sugar concentrations in our body result in insulin resistance. This results in high insulin levels in the body, which in turn results in rapid fat storage and weight gain. Eventually this leads to diabetes, and numerous other illnesses. The medications prescribed for these illnesses, such as insulin, increase body fat and cause weight gain. A ketogenic diet can reverse all these issues.
Once a person breaks free from the addiction to carbs and sugar, severe hunger and cravings practically disappear. An incredible amount of strength and energy are generated while in ketosis — which is a very efficient high energy fueling process for the body. Because of the high energy level, one tends to eat less and move around more.
Intermittent fasting is usually done in the morning on an empty stomach, making the morning hours an idea time for drinking cleansing teas and apple cider vinegar. They have greater effectiveness on an empty stomach. By waiting until noon before eating the first meal of the day, the body is placed in a period of fasting from after dinner the night before, until noon. Depending on when you ate dinner, this could be an 18 hour period of daily fasting (which includes your time spent sleeping). That leaves a 6 hour window for eating food which is plenty of time to enjoy a nice lunch and dinner.
It’s common to have a rising blood sugar level in the morning when the body is releasing glucose in an effort to wake us up. However, high glucose levels at night, as the result of high carbs and sugar in the diet, can result in very poor and restless sleep. A ketogenic diet keeps blood sugar levels low. The low-carb diet results in sustained energy, but also can result in very deep high-quality sleep at night. This better quality sleep results in a higher metabolism and fat burning at night, and more energy during the day, making food less necessary.
I’ve lost about 20 pounds and am at my lowest weight in over 4 years. I’m experiencing the benefits of having low glucose levels as well as blood pressure and pulse at optimal levels. It’s really been a transformative experience.
For further details, read “7 Powerful Wellness Videos on Weight Loss and Insulin Resistance” where I share further information about the program and some of the videos that inspired it.
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