How many times have we heard the infamous “eat your carbs speech” from our local high-school gym teacher?
The best thing to eat before you work out is carbs, right?
What would happen if we started to test the foundation on which a lot of us have built our bodybuilding careers? Maybe it’s time to give up carbs once and for all! And yeah bro, I mean ZERO carbs.
It’s time to say hello to the KETO diet!
Hello, Ketogenic Diet!
What is this ketogenic diet I keep hearing about? The ‘KETO diet’ is a high fat, high protein, incredibly low-carbohydrate diet. Sounds absolutely terrible right? It was pioneered in medicine and is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control epilepsy in children. This challenging diet forces our bodies to burn fats rather than carbs, putting us in a state of Ketosis.
What is ketosis?
The Ketogenic diet forces our bodies into a state of Ketosis. That means we convert body fat into our fuel instead of carbs. Burning fat? Sign me up!
It gets even better; ketosis has been linked to hundreds of other beneficial and scientifically backed studies as well.
- Extremely rapid weight loss
- Improved cognitive abilities
- Mental disease and cancer prevention
- Stress reduction
With all these obvious benefits, it’s a mystery why all meatheads don’t follow a strict Meat and Fat diet. After all, it’s meatheads, not carbheads. Plus, meatheads definitely need help in the brain department.
King James himself is a fellow KETO boy. Two years ago, James lost 25 pounds and upped his late-game endurance by cutting carbs and sugars from his diet.
It has certainly helped his hairline comeback.
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Tim Ferriss, the author of the Four-Hour self-improvement book series, follows a strict keto diet and it eventually used this strange diet to cure his Lyme disease. Hardcore Tim takes ketosis even further and performs an incredibly long fast every four months as a means of pushing himself and ketosis further and starving incipient pre-cancerous cells of sugar.
Fasting may be your ketosis shortcut
Ketosis can be achieved on a Keto diet fairly simply, but we are able to hack the system by fasting. You’ve obviously heard intermittent fasting. It seems to be the new “thing” now, just like Crossfit. But unlike Crossfit, intermittent fasting actually has some benefits.
Fasting for just 12-16 hours immediately puts you in a Ketogenic state. It gets you there fast and helps you stay there.
But how do we know we’ve reached Ketosis?
Keto-breath bro, not that garlic covered onion you just ate! Upon entering ketosis, some people report a distinct change in the smell of their breath as a result of the extra release of acetone. It could be “fruity” if you consider rotten fruit still fruit. If your breath starts tasting like rotten fruit, or even metallic, that is a perfect sign that your body is headed in the right direction. Drink water and chew gum to cure this DANK smell before that Tinder date you’ve booked.
Detecting ketones in urine
Inexpensive keto strips will be your best friend. These inexpensive testing strips are the perfect solution for instantly checking ketone levels in your urine.
These work by peeing on the stick and it measures what level of ketones are in the body. It’s similar to checking the pH of something. The stick starts beige and the darker it turns, the higher level of Ketosis you have reached. Though dark doesn’t always mean better, we all have that sweet spot for our bodies!
Pro Tip: Pee in a cup and then dip the keto stick in it if you don’t want to have urine all over the place.
Stick it out, or miss out..
Why isn’t everyone on this diet? The biggest reason is because it is difficult overcoming the initial effect cutting out carbs does to our body. We go through a ‘carb-flu’, which is basically a couple of weeks being a big baby and crying about how much we want good food.
There it is bro’s, give up sugar, bread, carbs, and basically everything you hold dear. On the upside, you will have a new body in a matter of months.