I’m seeing stars! and not the dizzy kind. No, in fact yesterday I got to attend a talk and actually meet one of my favourite podcasters and health advocates…Jimmy Moore.
Many people aren’t going to recognise his name, but Mr Moore is the blogger behind Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb, the voice behind the podcast The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show, author of many books, but most popularly Cholesterol Clarity and Keto Clarity. He’s known as the ketosis king (well to me anyway), an authority on the subject through his own research and self experimentation.
After being heavily overweight and trying many diets over the years, Jimmy gave the Dr Atkins diet a go and finally saw the weight start to drop off. However, he realised along the way that he needed to tweak the diet for his body, and now enjoys what is more readily known as a low carb diet. The low carb diet promotes increasing fat and lowering carbohydrate intake, the opposite of what conventional wisdom will tell us, in that we should be eating low fat products (high in sugar) and minimising fats (eating lean meats, skim milk and margarine). On this diet, once you find the low carb balance for your body (yes it’s different for everyone), you can enter a state of ketosis.
Ketosis is described as ‘a metabolic state where most of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis where blood glucose provides most of the energy.’ As Jimmy describes it, it’s your body morphing from being a sugar burner to a fat burner. When sugar levels (from carbs as well) are higher it promotes storage of body fat and blocks the release of fat from adipose tissue. While in ketosis, however, fat reserves are readily released and consumed (for energy).
We are told that our body needs sugar to create energy, and this is somewhat true, but it actually needs very little and can find energy from other sources, such as fat and protein. This process is called Gluconeogenesis. I will leave explaining that process for another day, but it is important that you know you don’t need to consume that sweet treat in the afternoon to make it through the rest of the day. If this is how you are feeling then you need to look at your diet, and importantly the amount of sugar you are consuming and look to increase the good fats…low carb eating may be the way for you.
I should also mention this low carb way of eating also concentrates on the types of vegetables and fruits you are eating. When you switch to paleo eating you are eliminating processed carbohydrates from your food and replacing them with carbs from fruit and vegetables. When you choose to (or for medical reasons) follow a low carb diet you are eliminating those same processed carbohydrates, but also limiting the total number of carbohydrates you consume. This is achieved for most by increasing their fat intake…a lot.
Jimmy is much better at explaining the actual process, and I suggest you read his book Keto Clarity to fully understand the benefits of this way of eating and effectively how it can reprogram your body. To truly know you are in a state of ketosis, however, you need to test your blood, urine or breath. This is a big commitment for many, but don’t let it deter you. Following the low carb philosophy can see many benefits for those that can stick to it.
I have followed Jimmy’s podcast The Livin’ La Vida Low Carb Show now for a few months (I know, I was late to stumble across it), but the knowledge he shares about this subject and much more truly inspires me. He also shares the limelight with many authorities on their related subjects and this has broadened my knowledge and desire to find out more to share.
Not only all that, but the guy is lovely. I was lucky enough to get this selfie with him (thanks to his long arms) and a hug. I am so appreciative that he came all the way from the United States of America to talk in Tasmania, Australia, no one ever gets down this way on their talk circuits, and I hope that a few people walked away yesterday with the same desire I had, to learn more. After all, thats what we want from this so called ‘health movement’, for individuals to start finding out the best health for themselves.