Another mechanism that could be involved in food-regulation during KD is the gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate regulation. Wu et al. demonstrated that GABAergic signaling from the NPY/AgRP neurons to the parabrachial nucleus (located in the dorsolateral part of the pons) is involved in many regulatory sensory stimuli including taste and gastric distension, regulate feeding behavior. GABA signaling seems to prevent animals from anorexia when AgRP neurons were destroyed (Wu et al., 2009). These findings are yet another contradictory aspect of KDs and food behavior; ketosis should increase the availability of glutamate (via diminution of transamination of glutamate to aspartate) and therefore increase GABA and glutamine levels; moreover, in ketosis, the brain imports a huge amount of acetate and converts it through glia into glutamine (an important precursor of GABA) (Yudkoff et al., 2008). The result of these mechanisms, together with the increased mitochondrial metabolism and flux through the TCA cycle, is an increased synthesis of glutamine and a “buffering” of glutamate. These results are not consistent with the well-documented anorexigenic effect of KDs, and therefore the GABA hypothesis cannot be taken into account despite the mild euphoria often reported during a KD that is probably due to the action of BHB (Brown, 2007) and can help to reduce appetite.
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Ketolysis is the process of breaking down ketones to ultimately provide energy through the Krebs Cycle and mitochondrial oxidative (using oxygen) phosphorylation. Ketone bodies are broken down in the mitochondria of virtually all tissues in the body. The liver is a notable exception, being unable to utilise ketones as a fuel because liver cells lack acetyl-CoA thiolase, a key enzyme in the ketone oxidative pathway. BHB enters the mitochondria of the cell through a monocarboxylate transporter, undergoes conversion to acetoacetate by BHB dehydrogenase and then addition of a CoA group from succinyl-CoA by 3-oxo-acid transferase. The resulting acetoacetyl-CoA acts a substrate for the formation of two molecules of acetyl-CoA in a reaction catalysed by acetyl-CoA thiolase. Acetyl-CoA is then available to condense with oxaloacetate and enter the Krebs cycle.
The hypothalamus is the brain's main center responsible for hunger/satiety (H/S) control. In the theory that Mayer proposed more than 60 years ago, he assigned a central role to glucose levels in the H/S control: the so-called “glucostatic theory” (Mayer, 1955). Mayer suggested that depletion of carbohydrate availability leads to hunger, and the hypothalamic centers with receptors sensitive to glucose levels might be involved in the short-term regulation of energy intake (Mayer, 1955). The “feeding center” in the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA), according to the glucostatic theory, reacts to the between-meal fall of blood glucose and stimulates food intake. The LHA contains glucose-inhibited neurons that are stimulated by hypoglycemia, a process crucial to mediating the hyperphagia normally induced by hypoglycemia. The subsequent post-prandial hyperglycemia activates the “satiety center” in the ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH), which contains glucose-excited neurons and inhibits both “feeding center” and food intake.
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I made two portions in flat soups bowls. Added a hard boiled egg & grilled onions from the pork rendering and sage dressing spices. It was awesome. The only thing I could have done to make it better would have been a quarter cup or less of water in the skillet for the flavor and poured it on top of the dressing. Don’t be afraid to experiment with this awesome bread recipe.
So happy I tried this recipe there are so many out there and you pick one to make and it has always been disappointing until now. I pinned both bread recipes the yeast one and the 90 second one and went for the 90 second since because not enough almond flour on hand. Wow so good!! No weird taste it really does toast up great like regular toast finally get that crunch. Thank you for all the work you put in to perfecting recipes. Finally found a bread recipe I will make again and again. Will try the yeast one soon. 🙂
Jennifer, The yeast has no carbs. The coconut sugar does have carbs, but the yeast feeds on it and through the process of fermentation uses the sugar for energy and releases carbon dioxide gas as a result. The yeast is for flavor, aroma, and in our opinion does help with a little bit of rise. Additionally, we don’t like to consider any foods “bad”, “off-limits”, or not keto. Instead, we opt to mainly eat nourishing real foods that fit into our daily macro intake. We hope this helps! Best of luck on your keto journey.
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Is there any way you can post at the beginning of a recipe: NOT for weight loss. I have tried a few recipes before reading the comments below, made it, then saw it was a no no for weight loss. Thanks! I made your pita bread too and it rocks. I am waiting for this amazing bread to come out of the over right now. I am worried about eating now though. Too many carbs for weight loss?
Hello from Jakarta, Indonesia! I just tried your recipe coz i was making an eggs bennedict & needed something for “bread”. Your recipe was BY FAR the easiest to make & quite tasty! Initially i was worried about the “eggy” taste, but didn’t happen. I think i will be making this often… i will pre-measure the 30gr of almond flour & cut up 10gr of butter pieces for easier assembly in the mornings. Cheers!
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As ketones are the only other metabolic substrate that can fuel the brain, there is a compelling mechanism whereby ketosis could improve brain energy metabolism and therefore improve symptoms of AD. Despite a declining ability of the brain to use glucose, cerebral ketone metabolism is preserved in AD (Castellano2015). This means that ketosis could be used to prevent an energy deficit in the brain. Another possibility is that ketone metabolism decreases mitochondrial damage caused by oxidative stress in the brain52. Individuals with AD tend to have increased mitochondrial oxidative stress, which can worsen brain energy production and increase plaque and tangle formation53.
Fantastic! So easy to make. Not sure if I didn’t mix mine well enough, but it had a couple of “air holes” in it after baking. Did not matter…tastes great. I made a grilled cheese out of two of the slices…delicious! I can’t wait to try some of the ideas from the comments: adding herbs and/or spices, adding cinnamon and stevia, etc. Seems the possibilities are endless.
Unfortunately I did not care for this recipe. I’ve been cooking snow I was 8yrs old and cook everything from scratch but I always make a recipe and follow it to a T the first time..based on that..this was like eating scrambled eggs..the taste was very very eggy! Texture was like scrambled eggs too on the inside.. Also very very salty!! I’m wondering if taking out the yolk and eliminating half the salt could make this better. I’m bummed because I really wanted to like it.
Have breakfast within an hour or two of waking up and then eat a snack or meal every three to six hours after that, says Rebecca Denison, RD, doctor of integrative medicine and diabetes educator at Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s Geckle Diabetes and Nutrition Center. This will add up to three to six total meals and snacks daily. It takes about four to six hours for your body to digest a meal. “You want to eat just a teeny bit before you actually need it so that your body doesn’t have to figure out how to keep your blood sugar stable,” Denison explains.
This is the advice that people with type 2 diabetes received a hundred years ago. Even in Sweden, with the high fat-Petrén diet that included fatty pork cuts, butter and green cabbage. And when they start eating this way today the same thing happens as it did in the past. Their blood sugar levels improve dramatically from day one. This makes sense, as they avoid eating what raises blood sugar.
Maria I have ALL your books, except your 30 day cleanse, and I have attempted the 7 day weight loss and healing plan, and dairy free I might add, but was so hungry and dizzy on it! My husband pointed out the the “lunch” area, item, says Side. Well I’ve read it 3 times – the front of the book and such, it doesn’t say add food to the “SIDE”…it says use this plan. Also you maybe have said elsewhere, but the math is wrong on the second page for total calories….lastly the intermittent fasting – I thought I read previously in the Metabolism book that you shouldn’t fast more than 3 days at a time, but this book doesn’t mention that. Have you updated your thoughts?
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I have tried four times to make the bread recipe with no success, but on my next try I will make sure the egg whites are truly room temp. I have not seen that come up in any discussion but it’s the only thing I can think of at this point. I am an experienced baker, not a novice. I added 1/8 tsp each garlic powder and onion powder and added 1/2 tsp stevia powder. These make the flavor a little more complex and definitely solves the complaint of vinegar or fiber taste. The taste is very good. However unlike some other disappointed bakers on this site, I did not throw away the failed attempts. I took the wet heavy bread from one failed try and tore it into small bits to dry for bread pudding with whiskey sauce. That is DELICIOUS, the next failed batch was sliced very thin and cut in half vertically for “toast points.”. I dried the pieces on a cookie sheet in a 300 degree oven until dry and somewhat brown and crispy. They taste EXACTLY like bagel chips we used to buy. My next batch became seasoned bagel crisps. I still want bread, but these are GREAT! Please don’t throw away failed attempts! There are other uses! I also fried some of my dried cubes in garlic oil for croutons, which were also delicious. I’m still trying, because I think if you can do it, surely I can do it.
Certain ionophores are capable of completely uncoupling mitochondria by transporting H+ across the inner membrane. Such ionophores are therefore commonly used to measure maximal mitochondrial respiration. In mice fed a ketogenic diet (Bio-Serv F3666, ∼6 : 1 ratio of fat to carbohydrate + protein) for 6 days, respiration of hippocampal mitochondria was fully uncoupled with the ionophore carbonyl cyanide 4-(trifluoromethoxy)phenylhydrazone (FCCP) . The ratio of respiration during oxidation of palmitic acid to maximally uncoupled respiration induced by FCCP was greater in response to the ketogenic diet, indicating increased uncoupling . Although this interpretation relies on the assumption that ATP production was not changed by diet, it is further supported by the higher levels of UCP2, UCP4, and UCP5 detected in mitochondria after the ketogenic diet. Furthermore, mtROS production was lower in the ketogenic diet group , supporting the role of uncoupling as an antioxidant defense. Although not based on direct measurement of mitochondrial function, in rats fed a ketogenic diet (% energy: 89.5 fat, 0.1 carbohydrate, and 10.4 protein), increased uncoupling in response to nutritional ketosis is further indicated by increases in fat oxidation and overall O2 consumption occurring in conjunction with decreases in CO2 production and energy expenditure . However, based on observations of greater palmitate-induced uncoupling (determined by measurement of ΔΨ) during state 4 respiration in rats fed a high-fat, low carbohydrate diet (% energy: 50 fat, 21 carbohydrate, and 29 protein)  that was likely too high in carbohydrate and protein to induce nutritional ketosis, it is possible that moderate carbohydrate restriction may increase mitochondrial uncoupling independently of ketones.
To conclude, athletes may consider adopting a ketogenic diet in the hope of improving endurance, well being and body composition but unless the diet is well formulated they risk causing fatigue, under fuelling and ultimately compromising performance. There is currently insufficient scientific research to definitively support the use of ketogenic diet for athletes to improve performance, although beneficial effects on fat oxidation, body composition and well-being have been described. However, the anecdotal reports of success and the increasing number of pro and elite athletes claiming to be experimenting with the ketogenic diet is compelling. Furthermore, people who are training and competing at a sub elite level may have a greater net benefit from the effects of the diet on recovery, wellness and body composition that may outweigh the loss of top end power resulting from the diet. Finally, it is unknown if there would be a beneficial effect of following the ketogenic diet but adding in strategic carbohydrate refeeds around more intense training and competition periods. Given the popularity of the ketogenic diet, one hopes these questions will be addressed in the near future.
I made it tonight and use a mini loaf pan. It came out delicious. I used the http://www.tasteofhome.com/article/how-to-cut-down-recipes/ link to adjust the recipe measurements using the one third column. I used 2 egg whites. The slices will be small but it was delicious with melted butter. Keto bread recipes and I have tried quite a few have not turned out well for me. I do not like to waste expensive ingredients that is why I will usually do a small amount first. This recipe has been the exception. It is good simple and delicious. I will make it again using the recipe as written. Note: I whipped the egg whites for 10 minutes to get the right consistency. I hope this helps and thank You Maya for finally for me making a bread that tastes great and is easy to make.
Eating some protein, fiber, and healthy fat with all of your meals can help stabilize blood sugar and manage your appetite, especially when your meal also contains carbohydrate-dense foods like high-sugar fruits (mangos, grapes, cherries) or starchy vegetables (potatoes). Each of these nutrients helps balance blood sugar on its own, but they’re even better together. We love a good kale salad topped with avocado and grass-fed steak.
You’ll recall, from the point I made above, that my brain requires about 400 to 500 kcal of glucose per day (100 to 120 gm). You’ll also recall (from the video, above) that I can store about 100 to 120 gm of glucose in my liver. While I can store much more in my muscles, (on the order of about 300 to 350 gm), because muscles lack the enzyme glucose-6-phosphatase, glucose stored in muscle as glycogen is unable to re-enter the bloodstream and is meant for the muscle and the muscle alone to use. In other words, muscle glycogen is a stranded asset of glucose in the body to be used only by the muscle.
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I have made this bread and as everybody knows it is wonderful. I have one problem though, my son loved it but the next day he told me he was gasy and a bit painful. I know that fiber causes some gas but I was wondering if you know from your experience with so many people, if this will go away after a while or does it mean that he shouldn’t eat any psyllium husk anymore…
The low carbohydrate content of the ketogenic diet prevents blood sugar spikes and stabilizes insulin levels. Chronically high insulin levels and the disrupted incretin signaling (gut derived molecules) lead to insulin resistance over time (pre-diabetes). This means that our cells are not willing to take up vast amounts of glucose anymore and more and more insulin is needed for glucose uptake – a vicious cycle.
As previously mentioned, numerous studies have demonstrated a profound increase in fat oxidation in response to ketogenic and low-carbohydrate diets. Some studies have even shown an increase in O2 consumption [148, 155–158]. However, fats contain fewer oxygen atoms per carbon than carbohydrates, thereby necessitating greater O2 intake to produce the same amount of energy . Furthermore, since β-oxidation and ketolysis produce a greater proportion of FADH2 to NADH, the resulting decrease in passage of electrons through complex I decreases potential for ATP production per unit of O2 consumption . Increased O2 consumption in response to a ketogenic diet may therefore merely be an effect of the differences in the metabolism and molecular structures of fat and carbohydrate rather than a true indication of increased capacity for oxidative phosphorylation. However, in rat hearts perfused with glucose, the addition of ketones has decreased O2 consumption . This discrepancy may be related to variations in mitochondrial uncoupling. Either way, several studies have shown ketogenic diets to increase mitochondrial content, and numerous studies have shown these diets to increase expression, content, or activity of mitochondrial proteins involved in oxidative phosphorylation and fat oxidation. Compared to O2 consumption alone, these findings provide more conclusive support for an increase in oxidative capacity in response to nutritional ketosis.
Brittany, Thank you so much for leaving a comment! Without being there in the kitchen with you, it’s difficult to say what the issue was; however, I can definitely help you troubleshoot…did you cook it for the full amount of time the recipe calls for, and did you cover the top with foil for the last 15 minutes? If so, there might be an issue with your oven’s calibration (you can get an inexpensive oven thermometer to check this). Another tip is to let your eggs come to room temperature first. Another factor is the altitude at which you’re baking; if you’re at high altitude, you might need to slightly adjust the oven temperature and bake time. The other thing to remember is that there will usually be a little bit of fall to most keto breads (in fact, every keto bread we’ve ever made) because keto flours lack gluten and are naturally quite dense; however, you can see in the photos, we still got a good rise on this loaf. I hope these tips help!