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Boost Your Metabolism With a Cyclical Ketogenic Diet

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Recent research shows that as your carbohydrate ratio diminishes, energy expenditure increases. On average, those eating just 20 grams of carbs a day burned 250 calories a day more than those eating 60 grams
  • The U.S. Army failed to reach its recruitment goal this year. Overall, 71 percent of men and women aged 17 to 24 failed to qualify for service; 31 percent were disqualified due to obesity
  • Two-thirds of active military are also overweight or obese, including nearly 61 percent of the Marine Corps and nearly 70 percent of all active Army personnel, up from 13 percent in 2008 and 2 percent in 1995
  • Low-fat, high-carb diets prevent healthy mitochondrial function, thereby contributing to chronic diseases such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer and more
  • When your body is able to burn fat for fuel, your liver creates water-soluble fats called ketones that burn far more efficiently than carbs, thus creating far less damaging reactive oxygen species and secondary free radicals

The U.S. dietary guidelines were launched in 1980. As revealed by investigative journalist Nina Teicholz, the first guidelines were written by a single U.S. Senate committee staffer, Nick Mottern, who was heavily influenced by a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, and that first edition laid the groundwork for decades of flawed advice.

In 1965, Americans ate about 40 percent of their calories as carbohydrates and another 40 percent of their calories came from fat. The original 1980 guidelines called for a diet lower in fat and higher in carbohydrates, and by 2010, Americans had reduced their fat consumption to 35 percent, and increased carbohydrates to 55 in to 65 percent, based on the USDA's report on dietary guidelines for Americans.


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