There are 13 modules to this course, so I hope you travel with me while I take it.
I have watched the video and am now doing the reading and the work sheet. I will add inserts from the course that I find interesting.
If carbohydrates, proteins, or calories in general are sufficiently limited, fat enters our mitochondria (specifically in the liver) in large amounts. Without sufficient glucose (or protein) to catalyze the metabolism of fats, we shift to a different process, ketosis, which solves several problems simultaneously. Ketosis takes the high energy fat molecules stored in our bodies and converts them to ketone bodies, which can fuel the heart, muscles, organs, and perhaps most importantly, the brain.
Ketosis and Ketoacidosis are totally different. Ketosis is a healthy way to live where Ketoacidosis is very dangerous. Ketoacidosis is a result of poor management of diabetes and in severe cases can cause coma or death. Ketoacidosis is too many ketones, diabetes is too much blood glucose.
The benefits of going on the Keto diet are:
- burn stored body fat
- stable blood sugar
- improved sleep
- decreases hunger
- consistent energy throughout the day
- decreased inflammation
- Mitochondrial biogenesis – energy production centers for our cells
- enhanced cognition – no more brain fog – Boy, I need this!
- improved blood lipids – HDL increase; LDL, triglycerides, and glucose decrease
- decreased disease potential
He does keep mentioning that this diet has to be set for you. That one size does not fit all. You need to figure out how many carbs you need to get into ketosis and feel good. Some people need more carbs than others.
Robb talked about cholesterol and lipoproteins today. He explained it like this: the lipoproteins are the cars, buses and motorcycles that carry the cholesterol. If too many cars cause a traffic jam near the entrance of an artery there could be trouble. Anyway it made sense to me the way he told it.
I learned a lot today. We will see what I learn tomorrow.