Learn how eating a high fat diet could not only improve your life, but save it
Fat, what is it?
Fat is an energy dense, essential macronutrient providing your body and mind with 225% more energy per gram than carbohydrates and protein. Just like carbohydrates, there are also several types of fat. These include saturated, unsaturated and trans.
Saturated fats are solid at room temperature. These fats are mostly found in animal products such as milk, cheese and meat as well as tropical oils like coconut and palm oil.
Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature and mostly plant based. Two types of unsaturated fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
Monunsaturated fats include; avocado, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils
Polyunsaturated fats are Omega 3 / 6 and include; vegetable oils and seafood
Trans fats are chemically produced through a process called hydrogenation. These fats can be found in products such as processed/packaged goods and margarine/butter alternatives. Trans fats should be avoided at all costs, as they are not naturally occurring, resulting in raised LDL or bad cholesterol and have been produced purely to improve flavour and increase the shelf life of products.
Fats role in the body
Fat is an underutilised macronutrient that plays more than one very important role in the human body.
Fat is a readily available and far more sustainable source of energy in the event that carbohydrate sources are not available.
Absorption of Essential Vitamins
Consumption of fat is crucial for absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K. Without consuming sufficient amounts of fat you become deficient in these essential vitamins.
Fat is utilised by the body for protection of vital organs such as the brain and heart. These organs are surrounded by a layer of fat to protect them against impact and trauma.
Maintenance of Body Temperature
A thin layer of fat is also stored under the skin in order to protect against sudden and drastic changes in temperature. When the skin temperature drops the layer of fat generates and releases heat in order to maintain homeostasis.
Fat is essential in order for cells to function optimally. A healthy cell membrane is composed partly of fat, without it the cell would not be able to function properly. Fat is also vital in the development of new cells, nerve function and brain development.
Without fat the brain would not develop optimally. The brain requires fat for normal development as well as the creating myelin, the fatty insulating sheath surrounding nerve fibres.
Fat is required in the regulation of hormones, as fat is one of the structural components of prostaglandins, an essential hormone-like substance responsible for regulating a number of bodily functions.
Hair, Skin and Nail Health
As stated above, fat is vital for the absorption of certain fat soluble vitamins. These vitamins are essential for healthy hair, skin and nail production. Signs of a deficiency may include flaky skin, dry and damaged hair or weak nails.
Biohacking Your Body
The reason you are able to fast for prolonged periods of time and not die is that your body begins producing ketones for energy as oppose to relying on a constant source of glucose, this state is known as ketosis.
It is possible to emulate this state and turn your body in to a lean, mean fat burning machine, all while enjoying improved mental clarity and satiety, increased productivity and reduced likelihood of cancer and lifestyle diseases. Learn how to utilise fat to lead a life well lived.
Up until recently the fastest way to get in to a state of ketosis was to fast, forcing your body to utilise stored glycogen and begin producing ketones for energy and survival. You can also achieve a state of ketosis by eating a high fat, low carbohydrate diet. By utilising this method it may take weeks or even months to achieve ketosis. I combined intermittent fasting with a high fat, low carbohydrate diet to achieve ketosis, check out my results below. There are now exogenous ketones being utilised to achieve a state of ketosis within one hour of ingestion, allowing you to maintain your regular diet whilst enjoying some of the benefits of ketosis.
Ketogenic diets have been used for a number of years now to treat individuals who are prone to drug-resistant seizures and there is now research to support the theory that cancer cells do not have the ability to feed on ketones, reducing the likelihood of cancer and lifestyle related diseases. For more information on ketosis, I recommend checking out the Tim Ferriss Podcasts with Dr. Dominic D'Agostino, one of the leading scientific researchers in the field.
If you are not one for listening and prefer a read you can also check out Dr. Dominic D'Agostino's website for a great list of resources and publications.
MY KETO EXPERIMENT
As mentioned above, I was intermittent fasting whilst on a ketogenic diet. Generally my first meal of the day was around 12pm and my last at 8pm, resulting in roughly 16 hours fasted. My F:P:C percentages looked like this 70:20-25:5-10, this was maintained for a 5 week period.
Again it can take weeks or months to hit a state of ketosis, it took me roughly 10 days, and may not be for everyone. Dr. Dominic D'Agostino suggests between 25-33% of the population may not be suited to ketosis. I recommend speaking with a health professional before embarking on any such process.
My mental clarity, productivity and energy have all sky rocketed since being in a state of ketosis. Prior to this ketogenic cycle I would routinely hit a metaphoric wall mid-morning and again early afternoon, generally within an hour or two of main meals. During these periods or lows, I would struggle with concentration and productivity. Since being in ketosis I have handled 16 hour days without highs and lows or metaphoric walls getting in my way, and often in a fasted state.
Ketosis has also helped me manage cravings and hunger. Prior to taking on a ketogenic diet I would eat anywhere from 4-6 meals per day and was constantly hungry. I can now fast for 24+ hours without it affecting my energy, clarity and moods, due to my body producing ketones for energy as oppose to relying on a constant carbohydrate source.
I HAVE NEVER FELT SO ALIVE!
IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT ALL THE HYPE IS ABOUT
AND WANT RESULTS LIKE FAT LOSS, IMPROVED FOCUS AND CONTROL OVER YOUR HUNGER