Dr. Joel Wallach has been instilling the virtues of health fats for over 50 years. The role of healthy fats in cardiovascular, neurological, and muscular health has been well documented and researched. Dr. Wallach has lectured over the years that the true cause of weight gain and obesity is not the lack of will power or exercise of an individual but the fact that they consume the wrong foods with highly depleted nutrients which then cause metabolic imbalances and therefore weight gain.
The traditional Ketogenic philosophy of consuming foods that change the metabolic state of your body and cells to burn fat rather than carbohydrates compliments Youngevity philosophy of fat loss nutrition. Combining healthy foods, nutrient dense in the 90 For Life essential nutrients, and the Youngevity products that provide the foundational and fundamental nutrients for overall health and wellness creates immediate results and long term success!
Simply, it’s a diet that promotes your body to begin to burn fat as a primary energy source rather than carbohydrates. The Ketogentic Diet does this by using a natural process in the body called Ketosis, a metabolic state in which your body’s energy is derived from ketone bodies, a by-product of breaking down fat for fuel, rather than sugars which are obtained from carbohydrates.
The essence of the Ketogenic Diet is that it is retraining your body and therefore “rewiring” your metabolic and energy seeking systems to look for fat to burn when energy is needed. The restriction of carbohydrates, which will be explained later, causes your body to seek an alternative energy source for fuel. As you continue to put your body in this carbohydrate restrictive state and it searches for new energy sources, it begins to “rewire” its metabolic systems to focus on just the alternative sources. The alternative energy source is fat, and after some time, fat no longer becomes the alternative source but the primary source to use for the body’s energy needs.
Breaking down fat has always been the most efficient and cleanest form of energy, and therefore the most preferred method by the body. However, our body’s are the most adaptive machines on the face of the earth, therefore, as we continued to consume high amounts of carbohydrates, the body was “trained” to use carbohydrates instead of fat.
Following the Ketogenic Diet creates a nutritional environment where the body is promoted to use existing fat stores as primary energy sources and restructures your metabolic systems to use healthy fats and proteins as primary fuels.
Fat vs. Carbs
Fat vs. Carbohydrates
Here’s an experiment you can do in your kitchen. Take a hot pan and put some sugar in it, start slowly cooking the sugar on low heat. In another pan, take some fat, like butter or lard, even animal fat, and do the same thing. What you’ll notice is that the sugar starts turning really thick, sticky, and black, while the fat just kinda simmers. Not that this is exactly what goes on in your body, but pretty close. The sugar is the carbohydrate, when you start heating carbohydrates, you get a very dirty, sticky, toxic mess.
The most efficient, cleanest, and energy dense nutrient your body can use for fuel is fat. The consumption of healthy fat has never been scientifically linked to weight gain and its associated health concerns, however, the increase consumption of carbohydrates has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a host of others in over 2600 study’s.
Carbohydrates are sugars and starches. And starches are lots of simple sugars stuck together, so essentially carbohydrates are just sugar and more sugar. Depending on the type of carbohydrate it will break down into various forms of sugars such as sucrose, glucose, and fructose. Glucose is the body’s preferred source out of the three because it’s the easiest for the cells to use for energy. Glucose when burned produces a destructive molecule called a reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS is a class of very reactive molecules that create inflammation and trauma to the body’s systems, organs, and cells. As an individual consumes more carbohydrates and continues their metabolic and activity processes they begin to produce more and more of these destructive (ROS) molecules.
However when fats are burned, they not only create far less destructive molecules but they produce an energy source called a ketone body. These ketone bodies are actually the preferred energy source for the brain and muscles and their use is more efficient. In addition, fats are a much more denser energy source and take up less room in the body. By weight, 1 gram, fats contain 9 units of energy compared to 4 units that is released when carbohydrates are burned. Carbohydrates also need water to be stored in the body, so the weight of carbohydrates is essentially doubled due to the water weight. This weight can add unneeded stress to the body and can cause further trauma that adds to an inflammatory environment.
First off, nutritional ketosis, what we are talking about, should not be confused with ketoacidosis, a metabolic condition where the blood becomes acidic as a result of the accumulation of ketone bodies. Ketoacidosis occurs in Type 1 diabetic patients and alcoholics. Nutritional ketosis is a benign metabolic state, it is just a response the body has to low carbohydrate stores and consumption.
Your body needs energy to function. This energy can come from a variety of fuel sources. Glucose, a form of sugar, can be used as a fuel for your body, organs, and brain. Carbohydrates, which are in foods such as breads, pastas, fruits, grains, and nuts, are the main source of glucose for the body. But in times where carbohydrate consumption is restricted and all the glucose stores are used up, the body switches over to use fat as an energy source. When fat is broken down for energy, ketone bodies are produced, this is the process we talked about earlier, Ketosis.
Both carbohydrates and fat can be used for energy by the body and its systems. The process of Ketosis allows for those individuals who have existing fat stores that are in excess an opportunity to use them for energy. Without promoting the body to a state of Ketosis the body will continue to use its consumption of carbohydrates to fuel its activities and keep excess fat stores. Bottom line, without Ketosis your body will not be able to use its fat stores as efficiently or quickly for fuel, therefore you will continue to store fat along with its inflammatory and toxic properties.
Keto Fat Loss
Keto Fat Loss
Losing weight properly is all about losing excess stores of energy, which is another way to say fat. Fat must be thought of as a bank of energy units waiting to be used at the appropriate time. When is the appropriate time? It’s either when your body is exerting so much energy for so long that it depletes its carbohydrate stores or your body is void of carbohydrates and therefore fat is the only source of energy to choose. The Ketogenic Diet focuses on the latter, providing no other source of energy for the body to turn to when it’s seeking fuel. The Ketogenic Diet creates the environment where there will be minimal carbohydrate stores in the body. For the most part, the carbohydrate stores will be just enough to provide the energy for a moderate amount of your body’s total energy needs at rest. As your body seeks more fuel beyond rest, it will be forced to break down fat to release greater energy stores for its needs. An immediate and proper fat loss is experienced and the body’s fat to muscle ratio begins to improve.
Continued fat loss is observed because of the “retraining” of the body’s metabolic and energy systems. As the body realizes, through continued minimal and restrictive carbohydrate consumption, that sugar will not be provided to use as energy, it begins to “rewire” its systems for fat breakdown and release. Due to the fact fat is a more physiologically preferred method of energy production and creates the least amount of inflammation and stress, the result is a healthier body.