My Keto Journey
So when speaking of this topic, I want to offer full disclosure that I have taught online keto courses for years in the past.
I primarily utilized intermittent fasting and a high-fat, low-carb approach to get people into ketosis. I’ve done it clinically over the years to solve a variety of issues.
Now, these days keto is everywhere. And there is this idea that it has to be at a certain ratio, which doesn’t seem to be true because ketosis is a state and not a specific diet. But also an important note is that ketosis differs over time.
For example, I could just not eat carbs for one day or fast for 16 hours and I’d be in ketosis like THAT. That is before, I did ketosis for long periods of time and became what’s known as more “fat adapted.” So I’ve developed a metabolic flexibility where I can go for burning carbohydrates and when the carbs aren’t there, my body will switch over and burn fats.
It is harder for me, when I am eating carbs, to maintain high ketone levels. Which is, that nutritional ketosis and what some people feel like is the holy grail of where they need to be in their ketogenic diet. Once your body has been trained into metabolic flexibility, the levels don’t hold the same level of importance.
The Real Reason I Love Keto
So, I love the ketogenic diet.
But most of all because it gave me metabolic flexibility and it’s done the same thing for some of my patients and my clients. And that metabolic flexibility is huge.
I no longer feel like I have to eat every 3 or 4 hours. I can fast for long periods of time if I need to. I can completely skip carbs one day and the next day I have a high activity level and I eat carbs and I’m fine.
It used to be if I ate a high does of carbs I would feel like garbage. Or if I didn’t eat enough carbs or not often enough, I would go downhill fast. After training my body with the keto diet, this is no longer the case. My body is always ready and willing to switch energy sources as need without feeling tired, irritable, or uncomfortable.
Give It A Try?
Having told my story, I think that if you haven’t tried a really low-carb approach you should consider it. Especially if the idea is to burn fat. Because remember, fat is nothing but stored energy. And if you want to unpack that storage, you need a reason to do it. And that reason would be, your body is needing an energy source from somewhere.
In a state of ketosis, or after training your body to have metabolic flexibility, that energy source would now become fat and help you unpack that storage rather efficiently.
So, as I’ve said in the past, keto might not be for everyone. But if you are looking to unpack fat and are comfortable with a low-carb option, I would like you to continue educating yourself and consider keto.
Important to Note
One important note I want to mention is that when committing to keto, know what you are getting yourself into. I suggest doing a keto diet without getting caught up in the dogma of eating the burger, bacon, cheese and avocado choices that have now become associated. That seems to be what everyone is doing these days and that is not the only way, or even the healthiest way, to do keto.
If you have questions about keto, please feel free to send a message or connect with me on social media, because I know that some of you are at least considering a more ketogenic approach and it all starts with education and action.
I’m here to help you in a variety of ways and I’m always happy to answer questions and help people get started on the right track.
-Dr. Jerome Craig