Hi, I’m Mike – a 41-year-old dude from Long Island, New York, who conquered obesity and pre-diabetes in 2010 by removing sugar carbohydrates from my lifestyle. Simple, right?
Allow me to unpack that for you.
I ruined my body by the mid-2000s with a stubborn, reckless attitude… I consumed the wrong types of food and beverages.
By age 26, I became obese at 280-pounds. I sustained an ignorant path of junk food and alcohol addiction for many, many years, until my doctor stopped me in my tracks.
I was on the precipice of heart disease. Having spent the first 20-years of my life as an ignorant junk food junkie, who abused alcohol, I rode the Pre-Diabetic Express Train to Heart-Attack City.
I knew I had to do something about my lifestyle – especially, if I wanted to see life past 35.
Over the last dozen years, I spent most of my free time researching the science of health and weight loss. I put it to the test and healed myself. I lost 120-pounds, without any pills or thrills. Not even exercise, which I’ll also get into.
I became so passionate about my success that I took it a step further and got myself certified in Health Coaching. The education I received amplified everything I discovered on my own over the years. My passion is to help others understand the truth, so they can heal themselves, as I did.
The real trick is to see past all that rubbish the sugar industry tries to brainwash us with. They’ve created addictive food, and they go out of their way to tell you it’s okay to consume it. They’ve been at their games for nearly a century and they can afford to pay the media to manipulate us.
My advice to everyone is to never take anything for face value. Have an open mind and do your own research. In other words, never trust marketing; read labels carefully, and understand what you’re putting into your body.
It comes down to hormones
Hormones transform our body by creating fat where it’s needed the most. It depends on which hormone is being overworked. The two most common troublemakers are cortisol and insulin. Cortisol, being the stress hormone, and Insulin, being the hormone that regulates blood sugar.
When these two hormones do overtime, they invite unwanted body fat, as well as almost every single health problem out there. They create inflammation, but it’s preventable.
The body has two options for fuel: Sugar or Fat
When insulin is up, you burn sugar.
When insulin is down, you burn fat (you know what raises insulin).
Ketosis is the state in which your body is being fueled by fat instead of sugar. It’s the underlying premise of this message. Fat is stored, potential energy for those times when you can’t eat.
Ages ago, when our ancestors had to hide from predators, they would be without food for days. But, they didn’t starve, because their bodies would tap into their fat reserves for energy.
In 1920, this primal method was used to prove that fasting – not to be confused with starvation (a yo-yo diet) – had anti-seizure properties. The studies have shown that ketone bodies have anticonvulsant effects; therefore, it’s a safer approach to helping with epilepsy. But, it also has protective effects on many other diseases, such as cancer; Parkinson’s; and Alzheimer’s.
Science has shown that when the body is in a fasted state, and free from sugar carbohydrates, it metabolizes body fat storage.
The brain prefers fat fuel over sugar fuel, as well – it amplifies its power.
What’s the Keto Diet?
80% dietary fat
The more fat you consume in the early stages, the easier it will assist your brain to make the metabolic shift from carb burning to fat burning, as your primary fuel source.
To reach ketosis (keto), we need to train our brain/body to understand that dietary fat is a better source of fuel – because, it is. Sugar would be like running diesel, whereas fat is like running on electric.
Once you completely eliminate the starchy carbohydrates and sugars, and increase your dietary fat intake, your brain understands that there’s no starvation happening.
When our glycogen storage is depleted, and blood glucose is lowered, our brain is forced to find a new source of energy. Fat.
We need our essential amino acids from protein. Eating too much protein in the first 4-weeks will make it more difficult to adapt. Too much protein consumption means the excess amino acids will convert into sugar, which blocks ketosis. Ketosis is fat-burning. Keto.
Carbohydrates should come from fibrous or cruciferous vegetables ONLY. Think above-the-ground vegetables, like kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc. Leafy greens.
- Weight Loss (fat loss)
- Mental Clarity
- High Energy
- Less Hunger
- Less Inflammation
- Improves Sleep
- Improves Skin, Teeth, Hair
- Improves Muscle Strength
- Improves/Reduces Food Addictions
- Improves Chronic Fatigue and Hypoglycemia
- Improves Gut Health, Bloating, and IBS
- Improves A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. issues
- Improves Autism
- Improves Seizures
- Increases Testosterone
- Lowers Estrogen Dominance
- Fights Cancer, M.S., Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease, and Type 2 Diabetes
The Keto Food Pyramid
An Example of What to Eat on Keto
Our Hormones react to what we consume
Get Healthy to Lose Weight, Not Lose Weight to Get Healthy