What even is ketosis? It sounds scary!
Can I really lose fat eating fatty cuts of meat cooked in butter?
Okay, ketogenic dieting is great for losing weight, and it sounds really satisfying as well; but can you use it to build muscle too?
All of these questions, and more, are answered in our latest ebook guide, released this week, the Keto Warrior.
The Keto Warrior, A Lifestyle Guide for Weight Loss, Muscle Gain and Vitality, is a one-stop primer on all things keto.
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Before we get started, this diet can help you with:
- Losing fat
- Building muscle
- Getting shredded
- Clearer thinking
- Mood elevation
- Resetting endocrine system
- Feeling awesome
The Keto Warrior
Across 60+ pages, you’ll learn in-depth about the nature of ketosis and how this entirely natural and extremely powerful process can be used to supercharge your metabolism and help you lose weight, gain muscle and look and feel better than you’ve ever looked and felt before.
Included as well are example diets, illustrating in precise detail how to construct a ketogenic diet to suit your goals, whether they be weight loss or muscle gain; in addition, to help you further you will receive ten delicious keto recipes, including for lasagne, curry, baked eggs and fish, and a spreadsheet providing you with easy-reference macronutrients for common foods.
Why This Might Interest You
Interest in ketogenic dieting has been growing for a number of years. In basic terms, ketogenic dieting involves swapping carbohydrates for fats as your body’s primary fuel.
The process involves drastically reducing carbohydrate consumption and increasing fat consumption, so that at least 70% of your energy comes from fat, and less than 10%, even as low as 5%, comes from carbohydrates.
Because of the way that the brain works, unlike the rest of the body it cannot use fats as an energy source, so in a state of carbohydrate deprivation the liver must first process fat into molecules known as ketones (ketogenic = generating ketones).
These ketones can then be used by the brain and by the other tissues of the body as a fuel source without problem.
Entering ketosis takes a certain amount of time, usually a few days but sometimes up to a week, a process which is often referred to as ‘keto adapation’ or ‘fat adaptation’.
Even though you have started to restrict your carbohydrate intake, your body will still have reserves of muscle glycogen – the body’s storage molecule for carbohydrate – to burn through before it can enter ketosis.
Typically, this process can be testing – it is often referred to as ‘keto flu’ – but once you’ve got through it, which as we’ve already said only takes a few days, you are ready to reap the benefits of a ketogenic diet.
One of the diet’s main constituencies is people looking to lose weight, often serious amounts, and the internet is now awash with articles chronicling amazing transformations as a result of switching to ketogenic dieting.
Extreme Fat Loss
Morbidly obese people have been able to use the diet to lose hundreds of pounds and transform their lives.
If you watch My 600lb Life, you’ll see that the go-to diet of choice is a high-protein diet of 1200 calories a day.
Contestants often drop, provided they stick to the diet, several hundreds of pounds within a year.
Yes, their base metabolic rates will be several times over the average person’s, but they can withstand such a restricted diet model due to their exorbitant body fat percentages.
Oftentimes, contestants fall into health complications when they attempt to follow the prescribed restrictive diet model WITHOUT sufficient protein.
On a ketogenic diet, your body becomes much more efficient at burning fat and this includes bodily fat stores.
Because of alterations to the body’s hormonal balance, and a reduction in insulin levels, your body becomes less inclined to store excess energy as fat.
Your body will also undergo a process known as gluconeogenesis when it needs to produce glucose, turning protein into glucose.
The process ramps up the metabolism, burning up to as many as 600 extra calories a day, which is known as the ‘thermic effect of protein’.
As a result, you can simply adopt a ketogenic diet and lose fat weight without too much of a severe, prolonged calorie restriction.
This is of particular interest to people who are already in good shape but are looking for that extra push ‘over the edge’ – that extra definition that will provide you with that six pack or popping defined arms you’ve been after.
Otherwise, with the thermic effect you can lose serious weight simply by a process of moderate calorie restriction.
As well as weight loss, ketogenic dieting offers a range of hormonal benefits as well and can be used to alleviate and even cure the symptoms of a wide range of metabolic syndromes, including insulin resistance and diabetes, and other conditions such as epilepsy.
There are mental benefits too, and ketogenic dieters regularly report an increased sense of calm and clearer thought processes. Some who rely on carbohydrates as their primary energy source may experience fogginess or sluggishness after consuming an excess of carbohydrates.
We have already noted the intrinsic effects of ketogenic dieting which make it desirable for those seeking weight loss, but another aspect deserves mention too: it is much more satisfying than most diets.
Yes, you really can lose weight eating fatty cuts of steak cooked in butter!
Yes, You Can Do It, Too!
For most people looking to lose weight, especially if you are used to eating whatever you want whenever you want, the move to a repetitive, frugal diet can be an enormous shock, and often proves unsustainable in the long run.
Eating fat- and protein-rich foods – foods which are nonetheless healthy – provides a far greater feeling of satiety than endless rounds of tuna and baked potatoes.
In part this seems to be another hormonal benefit, because ketogenic dieting has been shown to reduce levels of ghrelin, the hunger-stimulating hormone — which is why many choose to fast to fully reap the rewards of this diet model.
All the intricacies of ketogenic dieting for weight loss, including how to construct a diet plan to suit your weight loss needs, are revealed in the Keto Warrior.
We hold your hand through the entire process, providing model examples and the resources you need to achieve your weight-loss goals and look and feel the best you’ve ever looked and felt.
Additionally, we offer multiple mouth-watering recipes — you’ll never want or need to have a cheat meal again!
Believe us when we tell you how unsustainable traditional bodybuilding diets can be.
Endless helpings of chicken, broccoli, and rice five times a day can drive even the most stoic to insanity.
One of the reasons why the lifestyle is so unsustainable is due to the tasteless repetition of the diet model — making cheat meals far more appealing!
But ketogenic diets are not just of interest to ordinary people looking to lose weight.
Elite athletes looking to increase their performance in various ways are also increasing turning to ketogenic diets.
A number of ultra-marathon runners, who typically run distances two or three times longer than a normal marathon, and trail runners, who also run very long distances, now swear by ketogenic dieting.
Their claim is that being fat-adapted – using fat as your primary energy source – actually makes running these insane distances easier, because the body must necessarily draw on its fat reserves, something ketogenic dieting makes you especially good at.
Over a shorter distance, being fat-adapted may not offer such an advantage over an athlete who uses carbohydrates as their primary fuel source, as most people in the modern world do; but once all the body’s reserves of glycogen, the primary storage molecule for carbohydrate, are depleted – which they will be when you’re running for 24 hours solid – the non-fat-adapted athlete’s performance may suffer by comparison.
Therefore, there may be enhanced benefits from shifting one’s primary energy sources according to their goals.
But what if your goal is to build muscle? Can you do that on a ketogenic diet too? Of course you can!
While ketogenic dieting is not usually associated with training for muscle gain, with a proper understanding of the principles and mechanisms of ketogenic dieting, and of the necessary elements of training for muscle gain, you can build a powerful ripped physique on a ketogenic diet.
Although a ketogenic diet involves less protein consumption that is generally advocated for a bodybuilding or muscle-gain diet, with the right approach this is no impediment to gaining muscle at all.
In the Keto Warrior, we provide a simple five-step guide to tailoring a muscle-gain routine for a ketogenic diet, so that you can continue to build muscle – or start building muscle for the first time – while reaping the metabolic benefits of a this increasingly popular diet.
As with the weight-loss plan, you’ll also be guided through a model diet plan, including details of how to time your protein and carbohydrate consumption for optimal performance in the gym and outside it, and also provided with the resources to begin constructing your own straight away.
So what are you waiting for?
Why settle for being overweight when you can lose weight in a way that is not only effective but also satisfying?
Why not build muscle on a diet that is far more interesting than the average gymbro’s revolving-door diet of chicken and rice, and makes you feel so much better?
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