The ketogenic diet is known mostly as a weight-loss tool, but is quickly emerging as a metabolic diet therapy for a wide range of degenerative diseases, obesity expert Jimmy Moore said on a podcast with fitness expert Ben Greenfield.
Moore is a health blogger and author of Keto Clarity, which many are calling the definitive guide to the ketogenic diet. Jimmy used the low-carb, high-fat diet to lose 180 pounds and turn his life around.
In researching his book, Jimmy discovered the ketogenic diet can manage a stunning array of illnesses, including type 2 diabetes, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, bipolar disorder and cancer. One of the experts in Moore's book, Dr. Dominic D'Agostino of the University of South Florida Medical School, said his research indicates the ketogenic diet starves cancer.
Greenfield, a triathlete, is the bestselling author of "Beyond Training." Ben has experimented with the ketogenic diet and trained for the 2013 Ironman Triathlon World Championships by following the LCHF diet. Ben completed the epic endurance race in an impressive 9:59:26.
Ben, a former bodybuilder, previously followed a low-fat, high-carb diet but switched after realizing that too many carbs fuel inflammation, which can lead to heart disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancer. Greenfield no longer follows the ketogenic diet, but advocates consuming plenty of healthy saturated fats.
Low-Carb Is Not the Same as Ketogenic
Moore said many people mistakenly believe they're in ketosis simply by going low-carb, but this is not true. "Being low-carb does not automatically mean you're in ketosis," said Jimmy, who said you need to decrease protein intake and dramatically boost fat intake to be in a ketogenic state.
"It's going to vary [from person to person]," said Moore. "You have to tinker around and find what's right for you." Moore said the macronutrient ratio of his diet is typically 80 percent fat, 15 percent protein, and 5 percent carbs. However, he noted that his wife Christine can achieve ketosis with a diet that's roughly 55 percent fat, 30 percent protein, and 15 percent carbs.
Moore explains in "Keto Clarity" how to implement a ketogenic diet that's right for you, but said his main message is that we should all be eating more healthy fats if we want to enjoy optimal health.
'We Are a Fat-Starved Nation'
Jimmy joins a long list of health experts who agree that unprocessed saturated fat does not cause obesity, diabetes, or heart disease. To the contrary, research indicates that eating unprocessed saturated fat actually prevents heart disease, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer's and cancer.
Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a cardiovascular research scientist, recently made headlines after saying the 40-year demonization of saturated fat was based on flawed data and that a high-carb diet is responsible for weight gain, heart attacks, high cholesterol, and early mortality.
“There is no conclusive proof that a low-fat diet has any positive effects on health," DiNicolantonio wrote in BMJ. "The public fear that saturated fat raises cholesterol is completely unfounded."
Moore, who has seen the dramatic beneficial impact a high-fat ketogenic diet has had on his own health, couldn't agree more. By cutting back on pro-inflammatory carbs and eating more fat, we can eradicate the scourges of obesity, diabetes, dementia and heart disease, said Jimmy, who also wrote "Cholesterol Clarity."
"We are a fat-starved nation," he said. "We aren't eating enough saturated fat. It's time to add fat back, baby."