It was a few years ago when I found out, i’ve been lied to. Everyone out there telling us that we need to be eating a lot of carbs and to stay away from fats. Anyways, what are exogenous ketones? Do they really help with fat-adaptation?
Even those who went out of their way to receive a “nutrition degree” is falsely educated on what it really means to stay healthy.
I figured, screw it, I’m gonna do my own experiments and see what suits me best.
I did the IIFYM (if it fits your macros) diet, a low fat high carb diet, and of course, the ketogenic diet.
Being someone who exercises a lot, I was told by countless people that I needed carbs if I wanted to perform optimally.
They couldn’t be any further from the truth.
You’re probably in the same position I was in a couple years ago.
You had this belief that the only way to make the gains in the gym, drop body fat, and look sexy is by eating as low fat as possible while eating carbs to “fuel your workouts”.
Because fats make you fat, right?
While every diet regimen out there can definitely make you lose weight, some diets can do some serious damage to your metabolism and hormonal function.
I used to follow a strict low fat high carb diet. And it worked, I had a six pack and looked good with my shirt off. But my testosterone levels were complete shit. I had no energy to do anything and I felt like a plank of wood. Lifeless.
It wasn’t until I began to follow a low carb high fat ketogenic diet did I start to have awesome energy levels and STILL look physically great.
I realized that being in a state of ketosis gave me the most energy and mental clarity.
Ketosis is a
State where your body’s energy comes from ketones. This is achieved by restricting carbohydrates. By cutting carbs out, your body can no longer function off of glucose and begins to produce ketone bodies. Ketones are known to be the more effective and efficient form of energy. By eating a low carb high fat diet, your body turns into a “fat-burning” mode.
Ever since I discovered ketosis, it’s completely changed my relationship with food.
I’m no longer trying to eat every 3 hours, nor am I craving carbs, nor am I getting tired in the middle of the afternoon. It’s crazy that the simple shift from becoming a fat-burner rather than depending on carbs could change my life so much. The thing is, you still have to put in the work. There’s going to be the days where you’re craving every damn carb in sight.
There’ll be the days where all you want to do is plop your ass on the couch, open up a bag of chips then maybe go for some cookies afterwards.
But it does get easier.
Especially with exogenous ketones because they allow your body to stay in a fat-adapted state even when if you’ve had a little carb bender.
With that being said, I’m going to explain what are exogenous ketones? And how they can help you to start your keto-adaptation.
First off, there are two types of ketones:
Endogenous Ketones are ketones that are produced inside your body. They are created when you begin to restrict carbs and eat high in fats. It is the “internal” source of ketones.
Ketones are used by our mitochondria in order to generate energy. Your body can only produce energy from either glucose or from ketones. When you deprive your body of carbs, you begin to utilize ketones instead.
There are 3 different ketone bodies that is produced inside our body.
BHB is the most stable of ketone bodies and is generally the ketone that most exogenous ketone supplements are made out of.
Think of BHB as the finest top shelf vodka money can buy. It will get you to where you want to be with no hangover. It’s just a great addition for your goals.
By supplementing with exogenous ketones, you can begin to feel the benefits of being in a ketogenic state without having to worry about restricting your carbs too much or eating super high in fats.
It’s like the quick shortcut to ketosis.
As stated before, most, if not all exogenous ketones are made from BHB. This is because it’s the most stable form of ketone body. It’s also usually prepared with a salt base.
Exogenous ketones helps your body become a well-oiled machine.
Picture this, imagine you’ve been on another one of your carb benders and spent the weekend drinking beer / wine and snacking on donuts / grapes.
You wake up the day after feeling like you just got hit by a truck.
With some exogenous ketones, you will be able to start burning off fats for a more efficient energy source and begin to function smoothly.
Exogenous ketones come with a crap ton of benefits that may almost seem too good to be true. Fact of the matter is, converting into a keto-adapted state has cured a host of health diseases and you will begin to see even more science backed studies popping up every day.
Using exogenous ketones will help with:
Once you take exogenous ketones, there are a few things that happen inside your body.
Exogenous ketones are becoming more popular as time goes on. Especially with the recent boom in the ketogenic diet industry, they will only improve each and every day.
I’ve been using exogenous ketones to drive myself back into ketosis any time I’ve had a lot of carbs. I also recommend them to my clients in order to speed up the process of keto-adaptation.
Again, you need to figure out what works best for you, but in my personal opinion, most if not all people can benefit from supplementing with exogenous ketones.
I like to compare exogenous ketones to having a personal trainer.
You can either go in the gym and lolligag around jumping from one machine to the other and not really having a plan. Sure, you’ll get results, but it will definitely take a while.
OR, you can get a personal trainer who will show you everything you need to do (if they’re good) in order to achieve the results you want.
Exogenous ketones are almost the same way, by supplementing with them, you’ll know right away what it feels like to be in a ketogenic state. You’ll simply skip the whole “induction phase” step of the ketogenic diet that everyone cries about.
With that being said, be sure to subscribe below for more tips and stories on how to succeed in life with the help of a ketogenic diet.
No one likes going in the food store without a plan, subscribe below to receive your FREE keto grocery list to get started on the ketogenic diet lifestyle.
You'll also gain access to tips I've personally accumulated through a lot of trial and error on the ketogenic diet.