Excerpt From HCG 2.0 Understanding Ketosis

Apr 30th, 2019

Understanding KetosisAn excerpt from HCG 2.0 Dont Starve, Eat Smart and Lose

Its unclear how much was known about Ketosis when Dr. Simeons was practicing. There is no mention of it in his manuscript.

Ketosisis a state that exists when your body is deprived of carbohydratesand must resort to its fat stores for energy. Of the foods we eat,carbs are most easily converted into energy. Complexcarbohydrates, mostly starches, are broken down to simplercarbohydrates, ultimately glucose, and then converted to ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) in the citric acid cycle. ATP is the energy exchange used in every cellular process in the human body. Its kind of like the gasoline we put in our cars. Gasoline is refined from more complex hydrocarbons as glucose is from more complex carbohydrates. If we eat excessive calories fromcarbs, our body stores them away in our fat cells. If we deprive ourselves ofcarbs, we tap into our fat stores for energy. Think of our fat stores as a bank account. If were depositing more money than were spending, or eating more calories than were burning off, our bank account gets bigger like our bellies. If we spend more than we deposit, as in the state oflow carb dieting and Ketosis, our bank account gets smaller resulting in weight loss.

AKetoneis an energy source derived from fat andKetosisis the physiological state in which this takes place. So why isKetosissuch a trendy word in dieting? The first and probably most popularKetosisDiet was theAtkins diet. In summary, Atkins only stipulation was that you were to consume a minimal amount of carbs. There were relatively few restrictions on fat and protein consumption and it was generally effective in promoting weight loss. It gained popularity in the mid 90s, but has since lost steam because of its in-sustainability, due the fact that it allowed way too much dairy, which is highly inflammatory and it didnt distinguish between healthy Omega 3 fats and Omega 6 fats. OtherKetosis Dietsyou may have heard of, or even tried, are theSouth Beach Diet, Dukan Diet, Paleo Diet, 5/1 protein shake diet and many others. All of thesedietsare variations of alow carb diet. When you eliminatecarbs, your body must tap into fat stores for energy, thus resulting inKetosisandweight loss.

Carbohydrates are a questionable part of the omnivorous diet of humans, especially highly processed carbs, which have no place whatsoever. There is an abundant amount of research on Inuit cultures and other indigenous tribes throughout the world that eat little to no carbs. These cultures, specifically Inuit, have a high-protein, high-fat diet and during long stretches of time throughout the year go completely without carbs. They experience no teeth decay or heart disease, diabetes is nearly non-existent and there is ZERO obesity. According to Dr. Eric Dewailly, MD, Ph.D, researcher, and Professor of Social and Preventative Medicine at Laval University, The traditional Inuit diet is fats and proteins, no sugar at all. It is probably one of the healthiest diets you can have. The human body is built for that. (2007).

If this high-protein, high-fat diet is so healthy, why dont we hear more about its positive effects? Probably for a lot of reasons, some relating to our for-profit health care system, others relating to the simple fact that the word fat carries such a negative connotation that doctors are reluctant to recommend it. But dont be fooled, a high-protein, high-fat diet, balanced with a 1:1 ratio of Omega 3s to Omega 6s is what were built for, as Dr. Dewailly says.

Thetraditional HCG diet, as practiced by Dr. Simeons,is a mildly Ketogenic Dietwith the addition of theHCG hormone. Thetraditional dietconsists of adequate protein, low fats and adequate carbs combined with theHCG hormone supplement. There is a slight discrepancy in the research regarding the amount of carbs one can consume and still maintain Ketosis. Keep in mind that Ketosis isnt all-or-nothing. There are depths and stages; less carbs equal greater Ketosis which in turn results in more rapid weight loss. Some research suggests that Ketosis can be achieved at .5 grams of carbs per pound. So for example, if you weigh 180 pounds, you can consume 90 grams of carbs and achieve Ketosis. Others research says you must consume less than 50 grams per day to achieve Ketosis. The Atkins diet, as we discussed earlier, allows for only 20 grams of carbs. The traditional HCG diet allowed between 60 and 80, which, by any standard, is at the high end of Ketosis. Limiting carbs is the absolute most important thing you can do to accelerate/maintain your weight loss. And, if youre like most, this will be the most difficult part. Not simply because we crave carbs, but because starches are such a staple in our diet that we almost cannot imagine a meal without them.

Starches, which are complex carbohydrates,make for cheap filler. I grew up in a family of five and while we were very middle class, we lived on a pretty strict budget. This probably wont be much of a surprise to many readers as you will relate, but my mother could make a single pound of hamburger last two meals. She did so with starches; potatoes, noodles, bread, etc. This is how many of us were raised and this habitual component of our diet, or how we ate as children, is a powerful motivator as to how we eat as adults. The starch habit is a perfect example of this. The problem with starches, and more so with simple carbohydrates like those in fruit, is that they are so rapidly digested that the rush of incoming fuel cannot be fully metabolized and these calories ultimately end up stored as fat. This is fine as children because were more active, but if we continue to consume the same percentage of carbs as adults well gain weight because our activity level and metabolic rate decrease significantly.

Additionally, Ketosis has a significant effect on the amount of hunger youll experience on the diet. When your body is comfortably in a state of Ketosis, as it is when limiting carbs to 30 grams per day, youll be supplied with ample amounts of ketone calories from stored fat; this will not only provide you with sufficient energy, but will mediate hunger. When youre fluctuating in and out of Ketosis, as you often will on the traditional diet, you wont be consistently supplied with ketone calories and youll experience both lethargy and intermittent hunger.

By eliminating the high-sugar fruits and bread sticks that were allowed on the traditional diet, and replacing those calories with lean protein, youve already brought your carb intake to below 30 grams per day, which will comfortably maintain Ketosis by any research standard. This is the key to HCG 2.0. TheHCGthen expedites and targetsKetosisby unlocking our abnormal fat stores. Its important to note that the HCG is NOT what causes your weight loss. The weight loss is derived from your low calorie, Ketosis diet. Then why add HCG? Look at it this way, if Ketosis is the door that houses our abnormal fat, HCG is the key. Before I elaborate, we need to discuss fat, its role in the human body, both good and bad, and why it accumulates in some of us more than others.

Dr. Zach LaBoube

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