Category Archives: Ketosis

Are you a Carboholic?

Sugar is addictive, perhaps more addictive than cocaine. And, the actions it produces in our bodies such as releasing insulin are wreaking havoc on our systems, driving the obesity epidemic and the plague that is known as metabolic syndrome: a pernicious cocktail of high blood pressure and high blood sugar that can lead to stroke, heart disease, diabetes and dementia.

According to an article in the NY Times: “Sugar stimulates brain pathways just as an opioid would, and sugar has been found to be habit-forming in people. Cravings induced by sugar are comparable to those induced by addictive drugs like cocaine and nicotine. And although other food components may also be pleasurable, sugar may be uniquely addictive in the food world.”

The article continues: “Today added sugar is everywhere, used in approximately 75 percent of packaged foods purchased in the United States. The average American consumes anywhere from a quarter to a half pound of sugar a day. If you consider that the added sugar in a single can of soda might be more than most people would have consumed in an entire year, just a few hundred years ago, you get a sense of how dramatically our environment has changed. The sweet craving that once offered a survival advantage now works against us.”

In another article in the NY Times by renowned science writer Gary Taubes, it states “Since insulin levels after meals are determined largely by the carbohydrates we eat — particularly easily digestible grains and starches, known as high glycemic index carbohydrates, as well as sugars like sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup — diets based on this approach specifically target these carbohydrates. If we don’t want to stay fat or get fatter, we don’t eat them.”

“This effect of insulin on fat and carbohydrate metabolism offers an explanation for why these same carbohydrates, as Dr. Ludwig says, are typically the foods we crave most; why a little “slip,” as addiction specialists would call it, could so easily lead to a binge.”

So what do we carboholics do? The easiest thing to say is to just stop eating sugar. But unfortunately this is as difficult or more as quitting smoking or worse. You can’t just stop eating sugar. You need to start doing other healthier things in return like eating more healthy natural foods: fats and proteins to reduce the cravings and put you back in charge of your life.

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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.