From the author of the New York Times bestselling Plant Paradox series comes this revolutionary take on the keto diet that debunks common myths and shows readers how to reap the rewards of keto with less restriction
Like many doctors and nutrition experts, bestselling author Dr. Steven Gundry has long endorsed the ketogenic diet—a style of eating that heavily restricts carbohydrate intake to make the body burn fat for fuel. Because ketosis offers a variety of health benefits, including weight loss, reduced risk of illness, and enhanced energy, Dr. Gundry believed his patients’ efforts to adhere to the challenging regimen was worthwhile. That is, until his research uncovered a shocking truth: We’ve gotten keto all wrong.
In Unlocking the Keto Code, Dr. Gundry reveals the biological mechanism that makes keto diets so successful: a cellular process known as “mitochondrial uncoupling.” As it turns out, ketones are not the magical fuel source they’ve been made out to be; in fact, the body cannot run on ketones and fats alone. Over the long term, a very low carb-diet can lead to muscle wasting and poor cognitive health.
Luckily, you don’t have to restrict all carbs to reap the benefits of ketosis; you simply have to have enough ketones and other plant compounds called polyphenols present in your body to “unlock” the process of mitochondrial uncoupling. In this insightful, empowering, eminently practical book. Dr. Gundry explains the many ways readers can ignite this process, from feasting on plant-based foods (carbs that are typically off-limits on a keto diet!) to enjoying ketone generating foods such as goat and sheep milk products, to implementing a timed eating schedule. You will even discover the real reason how superfoods, even apple cider vinegar, work their magic; and its not what they you think!
Grounded in cutting-edge science, this is the book for all the people who have tried and failed on a keto diet; for vegetarians and vegans who want to go keto; and for anyone who wants to lose weight and enjoy better health while eating a wide variety of foods. With food lists, hacks, and all-new recipes, Unlocking the Keto Code makes going keto easy and enjoyable for the first time.
Cardiologist Gundry (Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution) puts an unconventional spin on the high-fat, low-carb keto diet in this fascinating survey. While ketones have long been believed to be the key to keto, Gundry argues that they actually result in one's body being more fuel inefficient. Instead, he writes, one should focus on "mitochondrial uncoupling," a cellular process that is boosted by the diet and that facilitates weight loss. To achieve it, Gundry offers a three-part plan: creating ketones with time-restricted eating, rejuvenating the microbiome with fermented foods, and eating foods high in plant nutrients (which helps with uncoupling). Readers are encouraged to eat nuts, sheep and goat's milk, shellfish, and small amounts of grass-fed beef, and to avoid vegetables high in lectin, including potatoes, tomatoes, brown rice, and beans (they're bad for the gut, he writes). And melatonin-rich foods including red wine, olive oil, and coffee are a go, while artificial sweeteners, wheat, and trans fats are off-limits. Gundry provides plenty of recipes, including keto biscuits and gravy, and broccoli fritters, and he's persuasive while offering support for readers who have found keto to be a bust. Those looking for a new approach to a low-carb diet will find plenty to consider here.