Diet Variation using Ketosis to Lose Stubborn Fat

Diet Variation using Ketosis to Lose Stubborn Fat

Which diet is best….

  • Vegetarian
  • Paleo
  • Everything in moderation
  • Vegan
  • Raw food
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Calorie restriction
  • Low fat
  • High fat
  • High protein/low fat

And which is the best practice?

  • Eat 4-6 times a day
  • Always eat breakfast
  • Eat 3 times a day and no snacking
  • Skip breakfast
  • Eat a light dinner

What did you choose?

What do you think works the best?

A lot of controversy in the news, in the medical arena, in books and magazines… and even among your neighbors and friends!

If we look at human physiology and cell biology we can see that our bodies should be able to adapt to different situations. We should be able to go without food and burn fat for fuel. We should also be able to burn sugar. We should be able to go without certain nutrients for periods of time and still be OK. We should be able to eat a lot one day and none or very little on another day… and still feel great and have good health.

The point is that our bodies, if they are healthy, are meant to adapt to diet variations. If we eat the exact same diet for years on end, our bodies lose the ability to adapt.

That’s not what happens. We often get in a rut of eating exactly the same way every day. Especially people who are trying to improve their health!

You know who you are! You’re wanting to be healthier so you choose a special diet like veganism or Paleo and then stick to it… without fail! And you’re good at it! It often gives great results in the beginning….but then you may find you’re not feeling your best….and you’re wondering why you’re still struggling with health issues when you’ve adopted such a great diet and lifestyle.

First off…good for you for taking charge of your health!

Let’s look a bit deeper into what you could do to improve the situation.

Diet Variation using ketosis to lose stubborn fat

It’s a huge topic… but let’s zero in on fat burning. Many people are looking for ways to get rid of excess body fat, so let’s take this as an example. It’s only an example…but this also applies to improving many other health issues. The best way to lose body fat is to become efficient at burning fat for your fuel (and when you burn fat for fuel, you also improve other health conditions1). Believe it or not, most people aren’t able to do this, and instead, rely on sugar, or glucose for their fuel.

Any efforts at weight loss will not be as effective if you have trouble burning fat for fuel. And I’m talking about losing fat, not simply having the numbers decrease on the scale….. which is often a loss of lean tissue and water and not much fat.

How do you get your body to burn fat?

This will be a process…. it doesn’t happen overnight so be patient and work with yourself! Start with these 2 steps:

  1. Limit the amount of times per day you eat
  2. Reduce carbs

Let’s look at limiting times a day you eat. If you eat more than 3 times a day, start by getting rid of the snacks and eat 3 times a day only. If you find you’re crashing and getting headaches or low blood sugar symptoms… be sure every meal consists of non-starchy vegetables (3/4 of your plate), 3-4 ounces protein (palm sized) and a generous portion of fat. Olive oil, pasture butter, avocado, MCT oil (don’t skip the fat part!). Eating like this should completely get rid of the low blood sugar problem between meals.

Once you’re good with 3 meals a day, start spacing your dinner and breakfast 12 hours apart. If you eat dinner at 7pm, eat breakfast at 7am…. etc. Once this is working well (meaning you’re feeling good with it) start to increase the 12 hours to 14, then 16 hours. This would mean skipping breakfast.

What you’re doing is giving your body a chance to adapt to no food available and have to turn to fat for fuel. A byproduct of fat burning is ketones… and ketones are ideal fuel for our brains. You’ll notice your thinking becomes very clear. This is ketosis…a state where you are burning fat for your fuel.

Caution……. understand that you’re not eating less…. you are eating less often. When it’s time to eat, be sure to eat until you are full. You DON’T want your body to go into starvation mode.

If you have a blood or breath ketone monitor, you’ll be able to measure exactly what’s happening and see your results (see if you’re in ketosis). It will tell you if you’re on the right path or not. We use these ketone monitors with our True Cellular Detox program and you can get them to use at home.

If you don’t use a monitor, you’ll be able to tell you are burning fat because you’ll actually feel BETTER, with a clearer mind… but you’ll also notice stubborn fat disappearing.

Plan 2-3 weeks to get to this state. Some people take much longer (5-6 months) and that could be toxins, infections, food reactions or other excessive stress that prevents the body from moving into this state of ketosis and being able to burn fat.

Here’s the trick!

Once you are able to get to this fat burning mode of ketosis… don’t stay there permanently!

This is the mistake people are making. The ketogenic diet….. a way of eating that gets you burning fat… is very beneficial… but if you stay there and eat this way every day… forever… your body will adapt and your results will stop. You can also create hormone imbalances and create all kinds of other problems.

Then what do you do?

Once you can get into ketosis, you start “diet variation”.

It’s the 5-1-1 rule

For 5 days a week do intermittent fasting (12, 14, 16, or 18 hours of no eating in 24 hours).

Choose one day a week to eat higher carb OR higher protein. Eat 3 meals that day. Choose mostly carb or mostly protein. This tells your body it’s not starving. If your body thinks it’s starving it will conserve fat…. that’s why continual intermittent fasting and ketosis can backfire.

Choose another day that’s not next to the carb day and fast for 24 hours. Have your dinner, then fast through the next day and eat dinner. 24 hour fast.

You get metabolic flexibility from eating like this. Your metabolism becomes flexible and able to adapt. It can burn sugars efficiently and it can quickly get into burning fat.

“What do I eat?”

protein, veggies, and healthy fat mealTo start, every meal should contain non-starchy vegetables (3/4 of your plate), 3-4 ounces protein (palm sized), and a generous portion of fat. Olive oil, pasture butter, avocado, MCT oil (don’t skip the fat part!).

It’s the same way of eating that you’d do to reduce insulin levels.

You won’t get into ketosis (fat burning state) by eating pasta, grains, bananas, and starchy veggies like winter squash. You’ll eventually get back to those foods by eating them on your weekly carb day. Just say goodbye to them for these weeks while you’re getting your body to transition to fat burning (ketosis).

The key to long term success is diet variation. Did our ancestry eat the same diet all year… the same every day? Of course not. Seasons changed and the diet changed. Sometimes food was not available. Sometimes plentiful. Their bodies were forced to adapt… which led to metabolic flexibility…. which leads to a high level of health.

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2nd Step to Stubborn Fat Loss

2nd Step to Stubborn Fat Loss

Detoxification to address stubborn fat loss

You should know enough about reducing your insulin at this point to get yourself started down that path. You can address the 2nd step of detoxification for the purpose of stubborn fat loss as well as overall health improvement at the same time you’re working on reducing your insulin level if it’s high.

2nd Step is Detoxification

It’s quite a big topic and I’ll just be outlining information in this post. The studio has great programs on detoxification such as the Intense Detox using shakes and a special diet, the infrared sauna, the ion cleanse and we’ll soon be launching a very effective program called “True Cellular Detox” which works at the level of your cell.

It’s important to note that there are many forms of detoxification. It depends what substance you’re getting rid of and where it is. It also depends on if you’re really, really sick and need a more aggressive method to get you feeling better… or if you have good general health and want to stay that way by doing gentle detoxing on a regular basis.

To put it into perspective, one of the most gentle ways to start detoxification is to increase your intake of vegetables. Just doing that will help your body get rid of toxins. If you’re thinking that detoxing is uncomfortable or drastic or even dangerous, know that you could simply start by increasing vegetable intake.

Another way to start detoxing better is to remove as many toxins in your environment as you can. It really is not a detox method, but is the most important first step. It’s not helpful to do programs to eliminate toxins when you keep adding them back in!

One more easy way is to choose a morning breakfast shake that includes cruciferous vegetables (cooked and cooled). We recommend the UltraCleanse BODYSHAKE as the base of your shake because it contains nutrients to help your liver process toxins, it’s very gentle and does not produce “detox reactions” and people LOVE the taste.

And lastly, opening your “channels of elimination” is also gentle without detox reactions. Your channels of elimination are your kidneys, colon, lungs, lymph, and skin. Each of these organs help you to get rid of toxic byproducts processed by your liver.

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Opening your channels is simply a way to help your body work better. Your body already has ways to get rid of toxins… this is helping that process.

Quite simply “opening your channels of elimination” means

  • Drinking plenty of water to flush your kidneys.
  • Doing what it takes to poop at least once per day or ideally 3 times a day if you eat 3 meals a day.
  • To get lymph moving you MOVE your body and/or do skin brushing.
  • You BREATHE deeply to allow your lungs to blow off toxins.
  • Do skin brushing and saunas (sweating) to allow toxins to leave through your skin.

Lifestyle habits go a long way to improving health. If you’re considering a more intense method of detoxification, all of the above must be already implemented before you start releasing toxins from your cells (they need a way out!).

Why the Problem with Toxins?

The world is not the same as it used to be… in fact we’ve seen dramatic changes in health the last 20 years but even greater in the last 2 years! And the problem of stubborn fat loss has increased exponentially.

One BIG reason is the continued INCREASE in dumping toxins into our precious environment. Over 250 lbs per person per day of toxins are dumped into the US environment. And that does not include pesticides….. so the number is much greater.

The problem is this accumulates in our bodies… our body toxic burden increases and creates health problems including an inability to lose body fat. As we age we accumulate more and more toxins…. maybe it’s not “old age” that’s your problem… but maybe toxin buildup?

And pregnant women pass off over 200 toxins to their newborns. Lead is a big one passed on in pregnancy… so this may be one explanation why so many children are affected with poor health.

What are toxins? 

  • Pesticides/herbicides
  • Car exhaust (benzene, CO, formaldehyde)
  • VOCs (paint, adhesives, cleaning products)
  • Heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury, aluminum)
  • Carcinogens (dioxin, radiation, asbestos, vinyl chloride to make plastics)
  • Perc (dry cleaning)
  • Cosmeticsstubborn fat loss
  • Fluoride
  • Plastic food storage
  • Air fresheners
  • Scented laundry detergent, dryer sheets, laundry “scent boost”
  • Take out cups/lids at coffee shops
  • Canned foods
  • Flame retardants in baby clothes, car seats, furniture, beds, and carpets
  • Car detailing, “new car smell”
  • Cleaning products
  • Lawn care chemicals
  • Prescription drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Aluminum cookware, non-stick cookware
  • Antiperspirant
  • Mold (from moldy nuts or moldy living area)
  • Smoked and cured foods, hot dogs, (nitrosamines)
  • Chlorine from your shower and drinking water
  • EMFs: cell phones, electric blankets, computers, TV screens
  • Mercury and aluminum in vaccines, mercury in fillings
  • Lead in pipes and leached from bones
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Food additives: artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colorings, other food chemicals

We encounter these things every day… they are part of a “normal” modern lifestyle.

But what’s happened is it’s become “normal” to be diabetic, obese (and struggle with stubborn fat loss), autistic, depressed, anxious, have joint pain, headaches, “hormone trouble'”, unable to sleep, unable to digest food properly….. most of us have problems with at least one of these items and know other people who suffer with a multitude of these.

It’s very sad that even children are affected by these health problems…. often with no hope in sight.

We can have hope. We have this window right now to improve the situation and take charge of our health. We may not have this opportunity later… but we have it now! So let’s learn what we can realistically do to improve our health and more easily lose that stubborn body fat… because I’m telling you… it CAN be done and you are no exception!

How do toxins affect stubborn fat?

stubborn fat lossMany toxins are stored in your fat cells. Fat all over your body, but also your brain because your brain is mostly fat. Fat is a safer place for toxins to be rather than your blood stream so when you get exposed, they are in your blood for a short period, then get stored away in your organs and fat (also in fatty liver).

When you decide to go on a fat reducing plan, if you’re quite full of toxins… and most people are…. your body is very smart and decides it would be unsafe for you to release those toxins into your blood stream…. so it hangs on to the fat to keep the toxins stored away.

And you get frustrated because you’re trying as hard as you can and thinking you’re doing everything right but the weight does not come off.

Another problem is that the toxins “clog up” the receptors on your cells. You have receptors that receive the messages from your hormones. Your hormones float around in your blood stream, then attach to a cell, and then give it a message to tell it what to do. Your hormones govern your body processes.

When the receptors are malfunctioning because you’ve got toxin interruption, the cell doesn’t receive the healthy message… and you suffer health problems including inability to lose body fat.

WHY?

Your insulin may now be in a healthy range, but it cannot give your cells the right message… so you remain insulin resistant.

You may have plenty of testosterone and estrogen, but if those receptors are out of commission, your sex hormones cannot get the messages to your cells.

Same with thyroid hormone. You may have enough… your lab tests are normal, but you have low thyroid symptoms because your cells cannot receive the thyroid hormone message…. and taking more thyroid hormone as a medication doesn’t help either!

Once the toxin load is reduced and your cell membrane receptors shift back to normal, your hormones all start to work better.

When you reduce toxin load in a safe and rather slow process, your body will know it’s safe to let go of fat and your problems with stubborn fat loss diminish.

What else?

Not only does an excess toxin load make it nearly impossible for stubborn fat loss, but it also causes a host of other problems such as:

  • Acid reflux
  • Back pain
  • Irritable bowel
  • Increased risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Memory loss
  • Mood disorders
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Joint inflammation and stiffness
  • Blurred vision
  • and inability to lose body fat

Hopefully you see a number of reasons to take steps to reduce your toxin load. It helps you get rid of stubborn fat but also improves health outcomes. I’ve really just touched on this important topic… so many other details. I’m hoping to address this in future posts.

 

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