All about The Ketogenic Diet
Most nutritionists agree that if you want to lose weight, you should try cutting out carbs and sugar. But what you replace them with — lean meats, tofu, steak? — remains an area of controversy.
On today’s show, we talk to Columbia-trained nutritionist and Paleo Magazine contributor Kristen Mancinelli about an ultra low-carb diet that hacks your body into using fat, instead of carbs, as fuel.
“The word ‘fat’ has an image problem. Fat the nutrient and fat the condition are two separate things.” – Kristen Mancinelli
Fat as Fuel
The fat-as-fuel diet Mancinelli champions is something called the Ketogenic diet. Somewhat similar to a Paleo diet, a Ketogenic diet emphasizes foods rich in natural fats and adequate in protein, and restricts foods high in carbohydrates (sugar and starches).
“Carbs don’t seem to be essential. You can train your body to use fat as fuel instead.” – Kristen Mancinelli
In a Ketogenic diet, your body uses the fats you’ve stored for energy, instead of all the empty carbs you eat before working out. The diet recommends 20% protein, 5% carbs and 75% fat.
“How much fat you use is based on a complex hormonal system that is influenced by the foods you eat. Even your gene expression is influenced by the foods you eat.” – Kristen Mancinelli
Rob Dionne told Kristen he’s still eating Ketogenic to maintain his physique after winning first place in a national physique competition last year. “It’s not that hard; it’s an easy lifestyle that’s totally manageable.”
In the podcast, Kristen also discusses how the Ketogenic diet has been used to treat epilepsy and to help Navy Seals avoid seizures. She also talks about how the indigenous Masaai tribe, who have only eaten meat with saturated fat, haven’t had a recorded case of heart disease in their history.
Definitely a lot of (fatty) food for thought!
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