Friday, January 9, 2015

A Bulletproof, Ketogenic-Paleo Road

Oh, that white crystaline goodness, it is so good, so yummy.... so addictive, so bad for me!
In my new quest for better health, fewer prescription medications and better fitness, I have been doing a lot of research. Since I am eternally on a quest for new knowledge, I am focusing this year on health, fitness, weight loss and addiction. Why addiction? One, because I smoke, two, because I think I am addicted to sugar. First and foremost, my Mountain Dew addiction, which I decided to address first, because honestly, once I start losing weight and feeling better, I think the cigarette habit will be easier to break.

Over the years, I have read many books about diet and fitness, sometimes out of curiosity, sometimes out of necessity, but never in my life have I needed to lose weight more than now. After having children, my weight always came off easily with a regular exercise routine, I never had to work too hard at it. Now, in my forties, post-hysterectomy I find that I am 50 pounds heavier than I was not too many years back and my health is declining. It is time to take some action!

I started with the Bulletproof diet, this book has some interesting research behind it, even if much of it is from the Author, Dave Asprey's own biohacking experiments. Dave clearly did much research before trying different methods of losing weight, gaining energy, lean muscle and overall fitness. Much of the science behind his methods made sense to me and I decided to give it a whirl.

Sadly, the primary source of the fat in Dave's method is through the consumption of MCT oil in your morning coffee. I cannot stand coffee and I just feel like I am setting myself up for failure by following a diet or method that I cannot follow completely. But I got to thinking, I still like the idea behind the diet and I think I can get behind most of the techniques and even stick with them, so I began to search for alternatives to the Bulletproof coffee. Dave's diet is part Paleo and part ketogenic in nature, Upgraded Paleo, if you will. Much of the science behind the methods he uses, lead me to read more about ketogenic diets, which are actually much more common than I thought. Paleo diets consist of primarily proteins and fat, same as a ketogenic diet, which uses more fat than protein. Dave sort of combined the two ideas, High fat (Good fats), High Protein, Lots of veggies and little carbs.
Dave explains in his book, the process of ketogenics and the benefits of putting your body into a ketogenic state.

I know I eat to much sugar, I consume too many carbs, so the idea behind eliminating my sugar addiction seems sound to me and may ramp up my weight loss. With all that rambling aside, I decided to try a little combination of Keto-Paleo. So, no more morning coffee, I just can't take it. I purchased some almond milk and will start again next week, or maybe even tomorrow.


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