Self Experimentation & Bio-Individuality on the Keto Diet

Self Experimentation & Bio-Individuality on the Keto Diet

July 26, 2019 0 By William Morgan


We all deep down have
a little bit of a desire
to do some self-experimentation.
And what I mean by that
is truly understanding
what works for our specific bodies.
I’m Thomas DeLauer with Keto Mojo,
and today I want to talk about
something I call bio-individuality.
All that means is that
we all respond to things
in a different way.
And when we’re specifically talking
about ketosis and particularly
testing your ketones
when you’re on a ketogenic diet,
we have to remember that
we all utilize nutrients
in a different way.
I’m gonna lead off by giving
you a personal example.
I am someone that gets kicked out
of ketosis very, very easily.
What that means is that
through self-experimentation
and through lots of testing, I have found
that ultimately proteins
kick me out of ketosis
if I have too much of them.
However, I know people that
don’t have that situation.
I know plenty of people that
can consume large amounts
of protein and never get
kicked out of ketosis
through the process of gluconeogenesis.
So self-experiementation
is very, very critical
when it comes down to finding
what works best for you.
You might find through the course
of testing multiple
times throughout the day
that certain foods
affect your ketone levels
more than others.
You might also find that
certain kinds of exercise
affect your ketone
levels more than others.
And by understanding
your bio-individuality,
you can start cherry picking the foods
that are going to be
most effective for you
and get you the best results.
But it’s also going to help ketosis become
a lot more of a sustainable
lifestyle for you.
Because quite frankly, it can
get very, very frustrating
when you’re getting kicked out of ketosis
and you’re not sure why.
So if you start testing and you find out
that perhaps a chicken breast
kicks you out of ketosis,
maybe try reducing the amount
of chicken that you’re eating
and seeing what happens.
This way, over time, over a
period of weeks and months,
through accurate testing
you can truly know
if a food is a go or a no-go.
And when it comes down to exercise,
a lot of people find
that low intensity cardio
doesn’t kick them out of ketosis
but doing high intensity
exercises like weight training
or high intensity interval
training does sometimes
kick them out of ketosis.
But again, by testing multiple
times throughout the day,
you can see if it’s a
temporary response or if it’s
something that is affecting
your fatty acid utilization
more throughout the day
than you would think.
Last but not least, some of the science
is starting to show that
some people are better
fatty acid oxidizers than others.
All that means is some people utilize fats
more efficiently than others.
It means their body is more efficient
at breaking down triglycerides
into fatty acid molecules
that can be used for energy.
It doesn’t mean that
you’re not gonna burn fat.
It doesn’t mean that you’re
not gonna create ketone bodies.
It just simply means that some people
will create more ketones
and utilize more fatty acids than others.
It’s not the end all be all,
and it doesn’t mean you’re not in ketosis.
And again, it doesn’t
that mean you’re burning
more or less fat than someone else.
It just means that you
oxidize less per gram
than someone else might.
‘Cause here at Keto Mojo we’re all
about rising the tide
so that all ships rise,
so we can all learn
about the ketogenic diet
and take the best steps
that we possibly can
to live the healthiest life possible.
I’ll see you in the next video.