The Benefits of a Cyclical Ketogenic Diet

The Benefits of a Cyclical Ketogenic Diet
The MMT diet is a cyclical ketogenic diet,
high in healthy fats and fiber, low in net carbs with a moderate amount of
protein. Nutritional ketosis is the metabolic state associated with an
increased production of ketones in your liver; i.e., the biological reflection
of being able to burn fat, and is defined as having blood ketones in the range
of 0.5 to 3.0 mmol/L.
However, a key component that differentiates MMT
from most other ketogenic eating plans is its emphasis on CYCLICAL ketosis.
Once your body starts to burn fat for fuel, you need to switch to a cyclical
ketogenic diet, as long-term continuous ketosis has some serious drawbacks that
may actually undermine your health and longevity.
The “metabolic magic” in the
mitochondria actually occurs during the refeeding phase, not during the starvation
phase. Alas, you cannot get to that magic unless you first go through the
starvation phase. This is why we refer to the MMT plan as a cyclical ketogenic
diet. So, just what might you gain from MMT? The following chart lists some of
the most important benefits of this program:
Weight Loss
rebalancing your body’s chemistry, weight loss and/or improved weight
management becomes nearly effortless. Studies have shown a ketogenic diet can
double the weight lost compared to a low-fat diet.
3 By reducing hunger
and carb cravings, it also lowers your risk of overeating.
Reduced Inflammation
When burned for fuel, dietary fat releases far fewer ROS and
secondary free radicals than sugar. Ketones are also very effective histone
deacetylase inhibitors that effectively reduce inflammatory responses.
In fact, many drugs are being developed to address immune related
inflammatory diseases that are HDAC inhibitors. A safer and more rational
strategy is to use a ketogenic diet, as it is one of the most effective ways to
drive down your inflammation level through HDAC inhibition.
Reduced cancer risk
While all cells (including
cancer cells) can use glucose for fuel, cancer cells lack the metabolic
flexibility to use ketones for their energy needs, which your regular cells
can. Once your body enters a state of nutritional ketosis, cancer cells are
more susceptible to being removed by your body through a process called
autophagy. A cyclical ketogenic diet is a fundamental, essential tool that
needs to be integrated in the management of nearly every cancer.
Increased muscle mass
Ketones spare branched-chain
amino acids
, leaving higher
levels of them around, which promotes muscle mass.
4 However, be
careful and make sure to implement cyclic ketosis. Chronic ketosis will actual
result in muscle loss as your body is impairing the mTOR pathway, which is
important for anabolic growth. mTOR needs to be stimulated, just not
consistently, as many people do with high protein diets.
Lowered insulin levels
Keeping your insulin level low helps prevent insulin resistance,
type 2 diabetes and related diseases. Research has demonstrated that diabetics
who eat a low-carb ketogenic diet are able to significantly reduce their
dependency on diabetes medication and may even reverse the condition.
Lowering insulin resistance will also reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.
Recent research strengthens the link between insulin resistance and dementia
even further, particularly among those with existing heart disease.
Mental clarity
One of the first things people really notice once they start burning fat
for fuel is that any former “brain fog” lifts, and they can suddenly
think very clearly. As mentioned earlier, ketones are a preferred fuel for your
brain; hence, the improved 
mental clarity.
Increased longevity
One of the reasons you can survive a long time without food is due
to the process of ketosis, which spares protein breakdown.
9 A fairly consistent effect
seen in people on a ketogenic diet is that blood levels of leucine and other
important structural proteins go up, allowing these proteins to perform a
number of important signaling functions.
Ketones also mimic the life span extending properties of calorie
10 (fasting), which includes
improved glucose metabolism; reduced inflammation; clearing out malfunctioning
immune cells;
11 reduced IGF-1, one of the
factors that regulate growth pathways and growth genes and is a major player in
accelerated aging; cellular/intracellular regeneration and rejuvenation (autophagy and mitophagy)