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Ketogenic diets are all the rage lately. This is a diet where you eat mostly fat to trick your body into thinking you are starving in the hopes that it starts stripping your body of its accumulated fat stores. There are some impressive examples of success with keto diets, starting with the Godfather of Ketosis, Jimmy Moore:
Jimmy Moore has been on a ketogenic diet for 12+ years now, but it seems to have stopped working. Too much bacon, not enough potatoes?
Mark Sisson is the guy responsible for my health transformation starting in 2010. Someone turned me on to Mark’s Daily Apple and his Primal Blueprint books, and there was no looking back. Mark has advice for everybody from the morbidly obese to the world-class athlete.
I’d been reading about ketogenic diets for years, but did not think they made sense. My viewpoint was (and still is) much as Sisson put it in 2015:
My personal hunch (and I’ve said this for as long as I can remember) is that indefinite ketosis is unnecessary and perhaps even undesirable for most healthy people, and that occasional, even regular dips into ketosis (through fasting, very low-carb cycles, intense exercise) are preferable and sufficient. That way, you get the benefits of cyclical infusions of BHB and other ketones without running afoul of any potential unforeseen negative effects. — Mark Sisson
Now Mark has a new book soon to be released, The Keto Reset Diet; Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever! I can’t wait to read it when it’s released in October 2017. If this is truly a short-term reset diet, it will be a big step up from the long-term keto diets currently being sold to the public.
The Potatogenic Diet
It’s time for me to get on board with this keto craze! While most keto-gurus are touting high fat to get into ketosis, guess what also works…POTATOES!
That’s right folks, eat nuttin’ but spuds for a couple days and you will be IN KETOSIS! Potasis, ketatosis, spudogenesis, ketuberos, whatever you call it, it happens. Like magic!
It turns out that to be in ketosis, that is, “a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues,” one needs not eat high levels of fatty foods, one can also eat high levels of potatoes. You see, when you are eating less than your body needs, your body automatically switches to creating and burning ketones from your bodily fat stores. Fat is just a red herring. If you overeat typical keto treats, you will not lose weight, but gain. And there are no end of these ketogenic diet treats available nowadays!
Let’s Get Potatogenic!
If you’ve been wanting to get on the keto bandwagon, but you’re leery of all the fat, supplements, and general weirdness which surrounds the ketosphere, then try this:
- Eat potatoes.
After about 36 hours of eating a simple potato-only diet, you will be in a state of ketosis. Don’t believe me? Then buy some tools of the trade and measure for yourself, all you’ll need is “Ketostix” or a fancy-dancy ketometer.
Using these simple devices, you’ll quickly learn how many potatoes it takes to keep you in a constant state of potatosis.
If you are not big on technology, you won’t need these. Just look for clues: Are you losing weight? Are you eating fewer calories than you need to maintain weight? If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you are in ketatosis.
Now you might think I’m joking, but I’m not. Test it out for yourself.
Take Home Message
The Ketogenic Diet being sold around the internet is nothing more than a calorie-restricted high-fat diet. But the truth is, ketosis can be found not just with an ultra-low carbohydrate intake, but a diet that consists of nearly 100% carbohydrates.
If you are in ketosis, you are in a fat loss mode. But, if you eat lots of fat, you can overeat and still be in ketosis (according to the meter and sticks). This is fake ketosis. Just because you have ketones in your blood and urine means little if you are eating excess calories. Most of the supplements sold, ie. exogenous ketones, are simply designed to fool you into thinking you are in a weight loss state.
The only way a ketogenic diet will work for fat loss is when there are fewer calories coming in than you need to maintain your weight. Period. This can be done with a high carb diet just as easily as high fat…but I doubt that’s going to be in any keto book soon.
There’s always more than one way to skin a cat.