For years, I ate my three healthy meals a day with snacks in between, lots of water, lots of salads, and lean proteins like boneless, skinless chicken breast. I ran mile after mile or did cardio and lifted weights. Ultimately though, this didn’t make me feel my best, look my best, or improve my health. It made me wonder: Is this the way we were meant to live? Eating a ton, exercising like crazy, repeat, over and over? Incredibly, I had several patients who were struggling to get pregnant for years. No matter what we tried, nothing seemed to be the answer.
On their own, they changed their diets, eliminating carbs and sugar, and suddenly, they were pregnant! I started doing some reading. First about the Paleogenic Diet, then about the Ketogenic Diet and all about the dangers of sugar, carbs, inflammation, and the benefits of fat.
I didn’t believe it at first. Fat is good? It goes against everything I was taught in my medical training and as a student of healthy living. But I tried it and have never looked back. Now I recommend keto to my fertility patients, my colleagues, my friends, and family. I have patients who ask me if they HAVE to go keto.
You will feel better, look better, have more energy, and more clarity of mind.
DOCTOR ROBERT KILTZ Founder & Director
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An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in inflammation throughout the entire body. Ketosis can make you feel less hungry and it also helps you maintain muscle.
I DIDN’T BELIEVE IT AT FIRST. . .
What is Keto?
The ketogenic diet or “keto” is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-to no-carbohydrate diet that results in an overall reduction of glucose in the blood stream. It was first created back in the 1920s and 1930s as a treatment for epilepsy and diabetes. It was developed as an alternative to fasting, which had demonstrated success in controlling seizures. The later advancement of medications that could effectively control epilepsy saw the diet abandoned, but renewed interest in the mid-1990s sparked research into using it to treat other disorders, including heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, diabetes, and a host of other medical conditions, including infertility.
We use the term “ketogenic” to represent ketones. Ketones are supposedly built when the body converts to burning fat instead of sugar. Dr. Kiltz believes we never burn glucoseas fuel. Rather, we must convert sugar to fat for energy storage and the production of fatty acid short chain molecules to provide fuel for the mitochondria and thus ATP. ATP is the chemical energy produced by the mitochondria to keep the cells alive. Therefore, we are always burning fat (acetyl Co-A that comes from fatty acids) 24/7/365 regardless of what we’re eating.
Our bodies can either make fat by converting carbohydrates and amino acids in the liver via insulin, or use the animal fat we eat for fuel. Acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate, and acetone are ketone bodies that can be measured. People perceive the elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood to be evidence of our bodies replacing glucose as a fuel source, but the presence of ketone bodies is really just a reflection of lower glucose levels. Ketone levels appear to be higher when glucose levels are lower. It’s simply a matter of ratios.
A Finely Tuned Instrument:
What the Body Requires
There’s no such thing as an essential carbohydrate. Our body requires that we consume ZERO Sugar and Carbohydrates.
What’s a Carb?
Carbon dioxide in the air plus sunlight and water make a long chain carbohydrate, which is the structure that builds trees, vines, leaves, fruits, and roots. Most of us believe these to be “healthy” carbs, but in fact, our body can’t tell the difference between a candy bar or an apple. These carbohydrates get processed the same way.
Dangers of Sugar
Sugar is addictive and hides in many non-sugary foods. It has the same toxic effect on the liver as alcohol and research suggests it may cause accelerated aging in the brain. Sugar also causes weight gain. If what you’re eating isn’t either fat or protein, it’s sugar.
Fat Is Where It’s At:
Fat is healing. Fat is the building block of every cell in our bodies. Fat can reduce inflammation and help our body to repair itself.
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