[We are the Foolish Couple, Andy and Minna, founders of the Foco Academy. We focus on mentoring and teaching the Success Principles and how to apply the principles to the 3 areas of life that money can’t buy: Health, Time, and Love Relationship.]
It is a beautiful bridge and has lots of history. But it is also one of the busiest bridges in the States. So the one thing that you never want to do is to have your car stalled on that bridge, during rush hour traffic.
And that’s exactly what happened to my friend. He’s a young kid, driving his yellow Miata, crossing the bridge at 5pm in the afternoon. Everyone was eager to get home and so was he. So he’s driving along the bridge in the middle lane, when all of a sudden, the car just stopped. The first thing he thought was, ‘Oh shoot, what happened?’ And then he remembered. That low fuel light has been on for a while now and he has forgotten to put gas in the car. He’s out of gas. So he managed to somehow roll the car to the far right lane but on the bridge there is no emergency lane. So there he was. Sitting in a bridge yellow car with his top down. And his car stopped. The nasty glare and the swearing that he got as people behind him try to change lane and go around him, that’s something he’d never forget. As he was there on the bridge, if a genie had come along, what do you think he would’ve asked for?
Can I have some gas please! Right. Of course. Who wouldn’t? That embarrassment is almost too much to bare.
Now, I was talking about a car, but your body works the same way.
Your body is a machine that burns fuel all the time as you move and think and talk and as your heart beats. And you’ve probably had experienced a moment where you felt like you just ran out of gas. There’s no fuel in your tank. And you just need to sit down, not move, chill out and get something to eat so that you can refuel your body.
So, what would you feel, if your body can somehow find something else inside to burn as energy? Wouldn’t it be so cool if my friend’s car could’ve somehow just switch to solar power and keep it going?
And with all the scientific advancements and all these cool technology, we now have hybrid cars which can run on either Electricity and Gas. And that’s cool right, it can switch from one fuel source to another.
And wouldn’t it be just as cool if your body can also switch from one fuel source to another? So if you ran out of carbohydrates that is the primary source of energy for most of us? Wouldn’t it be so cool if your body can just switch to burn your own body fat instead?
Best of all, you actually can! Your ancestors had been doing that all along. They would eat a big meal when they catch a deer or a wild boar or whatever animal they caught. But they could also go on for days without eating. Your body is built the same way as your ancestors.
Meaning, you can also be an efficient fat burning machine, just like your ancestors, and just like a hybrid vehicle.
Your body can naturally burn both carbohydrates and fats, or more specifically, glucose and ketones. You can be an efficient hybrid engine. It’s just that your body has forgotten how to burn your own body fat as energy. Most people can only use carbohydrates or glucose for fuel because their bodies has lost the ability to burn fat or ketones for fuel.
The ketogenic diet seems to be the latest fad. In the supermarket you’d probably see lots of packaged foods that says ‘keto friendly’ on them. Don’t be fooled by the packaging. Keto pizzas and keto cookies and keto cakes are usually not good for you. They are highly processed, with lots of chemicals in them, and really, they don’t put your body into ketosis. Meaning, eating those keto foods will not teach your body to burn ketones.
The good news is, getting your body to re-learn to burn fat for fuel is not difficult. Like our ancestors, we are born with the ability to burn fat.
However due to the diets that we grew up and got accustomed to, we lost our ability to use fat as a fuel source. Our bodies has learned to depend on carbohydrates as fuel, not just for instant energy, but sustained energy because of our constant refeeding of food into our bodies.
You probably know a few spoiled brats. They are people who are completely dependent on their parents to hand them money. They have no desire to go out, get a job and make money and try to be self-sufficient because they got used to just sticking their hand out and they get everything they need.
You have spoiled your own body. Your body sends you a signal saying ‘I’m hungry’, and immediately you would put food into your mouth to satisfy your hunger. Your have spoiled your own body into that spoiled brat.
But it doesn’t mean that you can’t get that spoiled brat to start making money and be self sufficient. There is no reason why you can’t train your body to become keto-adapted and metabolically efficient.
When you are metabolically efficient, your body can easily switch between burning carbohydrates and fats. Doing the ketogenic diet the right way will train your body to learn to burn fats.
And the ketogenic diet is supposed to help you lose weight quickly, give you better endurance and a clearer mind.
However if you don’t do the keto diet right, you may experience discomfort or even health issues.
Although the ketogenic diet may be helpful for many people, it is not suitable for everyone.
For example, the ketogenic diet may not be appropriate for pregnant or breastfeeding women, children and teens, unless it is being used therapeutically under medical supervision.
Furthermore, those with certain health conditions like kidney disease, liver disease, gallbladder or pancreatic conditions should avoid the ketogenic diet.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the ketogenic diet and I intend to stay on it. My diet is mostly fats with some meats and nuts and lots of vegetables and fruits that are high in antioxidants and low in sugar.
You may ask how long you need to be on the ketogenic diet until you are in ketosis and burning fat for fuel. Well that depends, it depends on your physical level, your current diet and your current cellular condition. For some people it can be days, others weeks and for most people it can take months.
In our next blog, I will share with you hacks you can use to boost your body into ketosis faster. Cutting down the time it takes from months to just within a week. Stay tuned for the next blog
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