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The Ketogenic Diet: Reprogramming Your Body to Enter Fat Burning Mode

The Ketogenic Diet: Reprogramming Your Body to Enter Fat Burning Mode

Low-Fat Diets and Sky-Rocketing Obesity:

During the 1980s and 1990s, physicians believed that the key to losing body fat and getting lean was to reduce fat intake.  It is clear that low fat diets have not been effective but rather have had disastrous consequences as data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2009-2010) indicates that 2/3 adults in the United States are overweight or obese and 1/3 American adults are obese [1]!!  The fundamental problem is that low fat diets tend to be high in carbohydrates.  Just take a look at what we tend to eat for breakfast in the United States: sugary cereals, bagels, toast and strawberry jam or frozen waffles that we heat up in the toaster while heading out the door in the morning.

Not All Fat is Created Equal:

Although we need carbohydrates as a fuel source, excess carbohydrates are converted into fat by our liver.  It is also important to understand that not all fats are created equal.  

Trans fat: Trans fat is the worst type of fat to eat and can increase your risk of developing heart disease.  Trans fat is made by heating vegetable oils in the presence of hydrogen gas and a catalyst as part of an industrial process.  Trans fat is found in baked goods (cakes, donuts, cookies, pie crust, crackers), common snacks (potato, corn and tortilla chips), fried food (chicken, French fries), refrigerator dough and margarine.  

Saturated fat: Saturated fat is found in whole milk, meat products (beef, pork, chicken, sausage), pizza and cheese.  

Unsaturated fat: Finally, there are unsaturated fats which are the “good fats.”  There are two types of unsaturated fats: monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat.  Goods sources of monounsaturated fats include olive, peanut and canola oils, avocados, nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans) and seeds (pumpkin, sesame).  One can find polyunsaturated fat in sunflower, corn, soybean and flaxseed oils, walnuts, flax seeds and eggs, fish.  Omega-3 fats are a type of polyunsaturated fat found in fish which significantly reduce our risk for developing heart disease.

Reprogramming our Bodies to Use Fat as a Fuel Source:

We all understood that our bodies use carbohydrates as a fuel source.  What is not well understood is that our bodies can also use fats as a fuel source when we reduce our intake of carbohydrates.  

Rule #1:
Reduce your intake of carbohydrates to between 20 – 50 grams per day.

Rule #2:
Ensure that you receive enough protein, using the formula

Required daily protein intake  = 0.8 grams/kilogram  x body weight in kilograms

For example, a 165 lb (75 kilogram) man needs to consume 60 grams of protein per day (0.8 grams/kilogram x 75 kilograms = 60 grams).  This is very important as insufficient protein consumption will lead to a loss of muscle mass.

Rule #3:
Add additional calories to your diet from the healthy fats (mostly unsaturated fat with some saturated fats) listed above.

By following these simple rules, we can reprogram our metabolism to enter “fat burning mode.”  When fats are used by the body as a fuel source, we enter a state of ketosis as molecules called ketone bodies are generated during “fat burning mode.”  Once we have managed to successfully reprogram our metabolism, burning our excess fat stores becomes within our reach.  However, there are many other advantages as well such as experiencing less hunger throughout the day and having a steady supply of energy to work with.

Who Should Avoid Ketogenic Diets:

Ketogenic diets are not intended for people with diabetes, people who take medication to control high blood pressure or women who are breast feeding.  Mostly people can safely go on ketogenic diets.  When in doubt, consult with your doctor.

Gain Muscle While Losing Fat:

Fortetropin® is a fertilized egg yolk derived product found in a line of functional food products called Qurr ( Fertilized egg yolk is pasteurized using high pressures that greatly exceed the pressures that are experienced  at the bottom of deepest part of the Pacific Ocean, the Mariana Trench while avoid the need for heat during the pasteurization process.  This technology, commonly known as high pressure pasteurization (HPP) helps to better preserve the nutrients naturally present in egg yolk.  Egg yolk is ideally suited for the ketogenic diet as it is very low in carbohydrates but is a rich source of protein and fats (saturated and unsaturated fats).  For many decades, egg yolk was avoided altogether due to fears that eating eggs would increase levels of serum cholesterol along with the risk of heart disease.  New research findings have shown that eating one egg per day is safe for most people [2-3].  In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted at the University of Tampa [4], subjects that consumed Fortetropin managed to gain more muscle mass over 12 weeks relative to subjects in the macronutrient-matched control group.  Muscle mass has very high glucose requirements.  Therefore, gaining muscle mass will help to further prevent the conversion of excess glucose into body fat and is excellent strategy to lose fat while deriving multiple additional benefits.


[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "National health and nutrition examination survey." (2009).

[2] Hu, Frank B., et al. "A prospective study of egg consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease in men and women." Journal of the American Medical Association 281.15 (1999): 1387-1394.

[3] Rong, Ying, et al. "Egg consumption and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies." Bmj 346 (2013): e8539. 

[4] Sharp, Matthew H., et al. "The Effects of Fortetropin Supplementation on Body Composition, Strength, and Power in Humans and Mechanism of Action in a Rodent Model." Journal of the American College of Nutrition 35.8 (2016): 679-691.



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