Quick multiple choice question:
What is the most important asset to own in this new world economy?
A) blue chip stocks like APPLE, GOOGLE & MICROSOFT
B) gold & silver
C) real estate
D) a healthy & resilient human body
What did you choose? I think many of us know that D is the correct answer, but our daily habits certainly don’t back this up. The mainstream media doesn’t help our focus. Rarely do we see good, scientific evidence presented regarding fitness and nutrition. Instead we see silly fad diets promoted, sandwiched between a Doritos and pharmaceutical commercial!
Pay attention to your body, it is the most important asset you’ll ever own.
For the most part, in our industrialized world, selection pressure is gone and most of us will survive, on average, 78 years of life. The question is, what will our quality of life be? It wasn’t that long ago that we were all hunters and gatherers and we still possess those genetic traits today. 30,000 years ago it was the survival of the fittest and most resilient, but now it seems like it is the survival of the analyst. The individual that is motivated to seek out the truth when it comes to diet and lifestyle will have the best chance at a rewarding existence.
#1 strategy for an optimal diet
We have found that the most important factor when it comes to diet is avoiding simple carbohydrates (sugar and flour).
Sugar and flour in the form of glucose burns quickly for energy in the body, but it comes at a heavy cost. This quick and dirty glucose reaction in the body creates inflammation. Repeatedly exposing your body to high levels of inflammation will make you more vulnerable to chronic degenerative diseases (stroke, heart attack, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disease).
How do you avoid sugar and flour? Simple, just avoid all processed foods! Basically, if it has an ingredient list, you should avoid eating it. This could be the best thing you can do for your health.
So, if I can’t eat processed foods, what am I going to eat?
Main Components of the KetoFlex Diet:
- whole, predominantly plant-based foods
- low carb and no sugars
- 8-15 servings of non-starchy vegetables/day
- healthy fats (nuts, seeds, MCT, coconut & olive oil)
- small amounts of lean protein
- low-glycemic fruit
To read all about this very effective eating strategy that will help keep your insulin levels relatively constant, clink the link below:
Hopefully after reading about the Keto Flex diet, you realize that keeping your insulin level in check is crucial for avoiding excess body fat. The chart below is a good summary of how each food type will affect your insulin level.
Remember, insulin is the body’s primary fat building hormone. If you want to avoid storing excess body fat, then you need to keep your insulin response in check. So eating fatty foods won’t necessarily make you fat, but eating sugary foods probably will!
What type of fat?
There are 2 types of fat: subcutaneous and visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat is right under your skin and visceral fat lives around your abdominal organs. We are now recognizing that visceral fat can contribute to many health problems.
How do I measure my visceral fat?
A tool that we use at BTF is the InBody. It uses bioelectrical impedance to determine your body’s levels of lean muscle mass, total body fat and visceral fat. The doctors at BTF are trained to analyze your InBody results and give you a plan of action to resolve any issues you may have. If you are interested in getting an InBody scan (free to current BTF clients), give us a call at 310-534-1900 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.