What do you know about Ketones or Ketosis?

What are Ketones or Ketosis? You may have heard of it or even tried it but what is really going on?

When your body doesn’t have access to carbohydrates, your liver starts to turn your fat into these fancy molecules called Ketones. Your body can then burn these Ketones for energy instead of sugar. Your brain and heart do especially well burning Ketones for energy.  This happens naturally when you fast, when you don’t eat carbohydrates or even to a small extent when you sleep.

The Ketogenic Diet, or eating what will naturally create and burn Ketones, has been known for over 100 years. It was first studied as a way to treat seizures in children who had epilepsy and is still to this day used to treat epileptics that don’t respond to medication. The Ketogenic Diet also has a lot of other very positives effects such as weight loss, improving mental clarity, increasing energy and reducing muscle wasting when you age. It has also been discussed as a possible way to treat or avoid dementia. If you want more information on any of these things, just Google Ketogenic Diet and whatever effect you want more info on.

The biggest problem with Ketones and Ketosis is that you need to eat a very small amount of Carbohydrates every day to get there. By small amount, I mean 25-50 grams per day. Since Carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram that is only 100-200 calories per day or maybe just one piece of bread or a big salad.

So, the question is, can you get some of the benefits of Ketones and Ketosis without eating such a minimal amount of Carbohydrates. The answer just might be yes. By drinking Ketones directly, your body can go into Ketosis and start to mimic what it does when you don’t eat Carbohydrates.

I just started working with a company called Pruvit that has created a Ketones product in partnership with some research scientists like Dom D’Agastino (HERE is a link to his TED Talk). If you would like to understand more about how it works, go to boomerangfit.experienceketo.com or send an email to ketones@boomerangfit.com.

 

Why MyFitnessPal drives me crazy

While I am not a big fan of food diaries as a long term tool, they can be useful for a number of reasons in the short term.  For example, if you are trying to build a new habit say of eating fewer carbs, tracking your intake for awhile can be useful. Or, if you are training for an event like I am training to climb a mountain in July, you can ensure that you are getting enough protein and carbs to support continued progress while ramping up training. The food diary I have been using is called MyFitnessPal. It has a great iPhone app, is now owned by Under Armour and it integrates with a number of exercise and fitness trackers.

Why a warning for Saturated Fat and not Sugar?

Why a warning for Saturated Fat and not Sugar?

What I don’t understand about MyFitnessPal, however, is their notification or warning system.

Selective Warnings

If I add a tablespoon of Coconut Oil to my daily food diary, I will get a warning notification that says: “This Food is High in Saturated Fat” with no explanation (see photo). A tablespoon of Coconut Oil has about 14 grams of Fat, mostly saturated, and 130 calories according to MyFitnessPal. If however, I add a Snickers Bar to my daily food diary, I get no yellow notification regarding Saturated Fat even though the amount of Saturated Fat is similar. What’s the difference?

Why No Warning for Sugar?

Additionally, a Snickers Bar contains 33 grams or 132 calories of sugar. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reduced its recommended daily intake of sugar for a normal weight adult to 25 grams of sugar (this is per day remember). The Snickers Bar represents 132% of the recommended daily intake of sugar in one bar but there is no warning that says “This Food is High in Sugar”. Why not?

Is Saturated Fat Really A Problem

The next question is why does MyFitnessPal even have warnings for Saturated Fat when recent studies have shown that it is not as harmful as once thought and apparently doesn’t increase the incidence of heart disease. According to a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease, there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD (Coronary Hearth Disease) or CVD (Cardiovascular Disease). Additionally, where the Saturated Fat comes from can be very important. Does it come from industrial beef or grass fed beef, industrial pork or organic coconut oil? There is no difference according to MyFitnessPal. More on eating meat HERE.

Sugar is Really the Problem

Meanwhile, good old sugar is where the problem really lies but MyFitnessPal doesn’t deem it worthy of any warning or notification.  According to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine, “most US adults consume more added sugar than is recommended for a healthy diet” and “we observed a significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk for CVD (Cardiovascular Disease) mortality.

MyFitnessPal Needs to Get with the Times

According to the latest research, Saturated Fat is not as bad as we once thought especially when it comes from a clean natural source such as Coconut Oil or Grass Fed Beef. Additionally, sugar is emerging as the true villain when it comes to obesity, metabolic syndrome and various diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease, Heart Disease and Cancer. So lets get with the program MyFitnessPal and start focusing more on guiding people away from sugar and less on fat that it turns out wasn’t so bad after all.

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Please consider sponsoring BoomerangFit’s climb of Mt Baker to raise money for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund by clicking HERE. Since its founding, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has contributed more than $38,000,000 to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for a number of key breakthroughs. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund supports some of the best scientific minds in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Fully 100 percent of funds raised by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund go directly to research—the Board of Directors covers all overhead expenses.

Team Boomerangfit to climb Mt Baker to Raise $$ for CureAlzheimers

Sunset at Mt Baker

Sunset at Mt Baker

Boomerangfit is a group of Baby Boomers committed to returning to the fitness we once had in our 20s and 30s. There is no reason we need to succumb to the “normal” ramifications of age if we eat right, move, exercise, sleep, laugh and enjoy life.  Additionally, we are committed to physical challenges that stretch our limits as well as help us raise money to for CureAlzheimers. Last year we focused on Spartan Obstacle races and this July we are climbing Mt Baker with the professional support of Alpine Ascents in Seattle. In the Cascade Mountains north of Seattle, Mt Baker stands 10,781 feet tall and our goal is to raise $1 per foot or $10,781 for the CureAlzheimers Fund. Click HERE if you would like to help.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a horrific fate for anyone and I know this first hand because my grandmother, my mother, my aunt as well as several neighbors and friends have either died from or are now suffering from this horrible disease.

Today, 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease.  Payments for care in 2012 were estimated to be $200 billion. Without a cure, these figures will nearly triple by the year 2050 and most likely bankrupt the healthcare system as we know it.

Since its founding, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has contributed more than $28,300,000 to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for a number of key breakthroughs. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund supports some of the best scientific minds in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Fully 100 percent of funds raised by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund go directly to research—the Board of Directors covers all overhead expenses.

So please click HERE and help us make this terrible disease a thing of the past.

Alzheimer’s Can Happen to Anyone

Triathlon Cofounder Jack Johnstone Dies of Alzheimer's

All America Swimmer and co-founder of the Triathlon

All America Swimmer and co-founder of the Triathlon, Jack Johnstone

The world’s of triathlon and Alzheimer’s came crashing together yesterday when Jack Johnstone, the co-founder of the triathlon, died after battling Alzheimer’s since 2013.

An All-American swimmer, Johnstone took up running later in life and, in San Diego in 1977 with his friend Don Shanahan, started the sport of Triathlon. Now nearly 40 years later, triathlon has millions of participants in the U.S. alone and is an Olympic sport.

Today, 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease.  Payments for care in 2012 were estimated to be $200 billion. Without a cure, these figures will nearly triple by the year 2050.  Aside from the horror of living with this disease or caring for people with it, we simply can’t afford this disease to continue to grow. Our healthcare system will go bankrupt.

If you are an athlete contemplating your 2016 goals and challenges, I urge you to consider combining these activities with raising money to cure Alzheimer’s. I lost my grandmother and my mother to this disease and my Aunt is now struggling with it as well. My brother and I are currently planning to climb Mt Baker in 2016 to raise money for CureAlzheimer’s. This mountain, out in the Northern Cascades in Washington state stands 10,781 feet tall so our fundraising goal will be $10,781.  If you would like to raise money through your active efforts this year or simply donate to our efforts, please click HERE

Team BoomerangFit Raising Funds for Charity

Doing Spartan Trifecta for the Cure Alzheimers Fund

CureAlzMy mother and grandmother both died of Alzheimer’s Disease and I witnessed what a horrible fate this can be for a person, their family and friends. Today, 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease. Payments for care in 2012 were estimated to be $200 billion. Without a cure, these figures will nearly triple by the year 2050.

Since my mother passed away I have been raising funds to cure Alzheimer’s. My brother and I have recently formed a team of Baby Boomers called Team BoomerangFit. We are all trying to improve our health and fitness, reduce the likelihood of diseases like Alzheimer’s affecting our own lives as well as raising money for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Our current challenge is a Spartan Trifecta – or three races with one of each the three distances – short, medium and long – in one year. Our third race will be the Spartan Beast (13 miles) in Killington, VT on September 19-20.

Since its founding, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has contributed more than $28,300,000 to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for a number of key breakthroughs. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund supports some of the best scientific minds in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Fully 100 percent of funds raised by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund go directly to research — the Board of Directors covers all overhead expenses.

Have you had any experience with Alzheimer’s Disease in your life?

Click HERE if you would like to support this great cause.

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