Keto is not hard to follow at all. See, this is why I took my diet and nutrition into my own hands. I have PCOS and the ketogenic diet has worked wonders for me. I’m finally pregnant at the age of 32 and after 11 years of marriage because the ketogenic diet made me lose over 100 lbs and brought my insulin resistance under control. I feel better than I’ve ever felt. Sometimes doctors don’t seem to know as much as they should, or as much as they assume they do, and that’s pretty disturbing. Just like they’re still using the old school and very inaccurate BMI charts that are just pure bs. I’ll just take care of myself outside of certain situations involving illness or injury. I’m doing great on my own.
Gluconeogenesis is the endogenous production of glucose in the body, especially in the liver primarily from lactic acid, glycerol, and the amino acids alanine and glutamine. When glucose availability drops further, the endogenous production of glucose is not able to keep up with the needs of the body and ketogenesis begins in order to provide an alternate source of energy in the form of ketone bodies. Ketone bodies replace glucose as a primary source of energy. During ketogenesis due to low blood glucose feedback, stimulus for insulin secretion is also low, which sharply reduces the stimulus for fat and glucose storage. Other hormonal changes may contribute to the increased breakdown of fats that result in fatty acids. Fatty acids are metabolized to acetoacetate which is later converted to beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetone. These are the basic ketone bodies that accumulate in the body as a ketogenic diet is sustained. This metabolic state is referred to as "nutritional ketosis." As long as the body is deprived of carbohydrates, metabolism remains in the ketotic state. The nutritional ketosis state is considered quite safe, as ketone bodies are produced in small concentrations without any alterations in blood pH. It greatly differs from ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition where ketone bodies are produced in extremely larger concentrations, altering blood ph to acidotic a state.
Ketone esters (BHB-BD) lowers glycogen use30. During exercise, the muscle breaks down stored carbohydrate (glycogen) to provide a fuel for the working muscle. When a ketone ester drink was taken pre-workout, the muscle used far less glycogen compared to when the pre-workout drink contained carbohydrate. The high levels of blood ketones meant that the muscle used ketones as a fuel before needing to use glycogen. Reducing reliance on muscle glycogen could improve performance and decrease the time for muscle glycogen to fully recover between exercise bouts.
Some clinicians[37] regard eliminating carbohydrates as unhealthy and dangerous.[38] However, it is not necessary to eliminate carbohydrates from the diet completely to achieve ketosis. Other clinicians regard ketosis as a safe biochemical process that occurs during the fat-burning state.[35] Ketosis, which is accompanied by gluconeogenesis (the creation of glucose de novo from pyruvate), is the specific state that concerns some clinicians. However, it is unlikely for a normally functioning person to reach life-threatening levels of ketosis, defined as serum beta-hydroxybutyrate (B-OHB) levels above 15 millimolar (mM) compared to ketogenic diets among non diabetics, which "rarely run serum B-OHB levels above 3 mM."[39] This is avoided with proper basal secretion of pancreatic insulin. People who are unable to secrete basal insulin, such as type 1 diabetics and long-term type II diabetics, are liable to enter an unsafe level of ketosis, eventually resulting in a coma that requires emergency medical treatment.[citation needed] The anti-ketosis conclusions have been challenged by a number of doctors and advocates of low-carbohydrate diets, who dispute assertions that the body has a preference for glucose and that there are dangers associated with ketosis.[40][41]
I’m so glad you love it, Tanya! Yes, $17 sounds like a lot for xanthan gum. I use this one here. Swerve is sweeter than erythritol, so you’d need less of it – I have a conversion chart here. You’re absolutely right about the xanthan gum and texture – it will make the bread more chewy. It will still be more of a “light and fluffy” bread, but definitely less muffin-like with the xanthan gum. I haven’t tried add-ins yet – let me know how it goes if you try!
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.  
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. 
These Keto Breakfast Fat Bombs are a true lifesaver for frantic (Monday) mornings.  Personally, when I wake up in the morning after my alarm clock gives out a warning I don’t think I’ll ever make it on time.  By the time I grab my books and give myself a look, I’m at the corner just in time to see the bus fly by…wait no, scratch that…that’s Zach Morris, not me. Either way, I’m sure we’ve all had those mornings where we were saved by the bell, so let these little bacon covered bites of heavenly deliciousness make your mornings more calm*, I guess you could say you’re saved by the (fat) bomb.

Look, the good doctor is right – he only forgot to stress “portion control” which is why many fanatical dieters are so kee-jerk reactive to any discussion – odds are you over ate like a hog before your keto diet, and are weak and insecure in your diet plans. Eat EVERYTHING in small amounts, and you will live long and prosper. The only thing to avoid are processed foods. Cook your meals from scratch using quality ingredients.
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As the rate of oxidative phosphorylation approaches the capacity of the mtETC, Δp will increase and facilitate mtROS production [53]. Higher oxidative capacity should therefore decrease the potential for mtROS production and subsequent oxidative damage. Furthermore, greater oxidative capacity may compensate for the resulting decrease in efficiency of ATP production associated with increased mitochondrial uncoupling. Since oxidative phosphorylation occurs exclusively in mitochondria, mitochondrial density is a key determinant of oxidative capacity [154].
One side effect of ketosis that some people experience is the keto rash. It is rare but can be very irritating. The keto rash occurs in the armpits, chest, and back. These areas are red and itching. There are several theories about the causes of the rash. Because it is found in regions where sweat accumulates, the most plausible explanation is that acetone in the sweat irritates the skin. [7].
Further indicating that ketones influence mtROS production through alteration of electron transport, treatment of rat hippocampal slices with BHB + ACA (1 mM each) prevented the increase in mtROS and mitigated the decrease in ATP production that otherwise result from inhibition of mtETC complex I with rotenone [111]. In mitochondria isolated from the brains of mice injected with BHB, although inhibition of complex I with rotenone and 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium increased rather than decreased mtROS production, the BHB treatment prevented the decrease in O2 consumption caused by inhibition of complex I, and this occurred independently of uncoupling [112]. Consistent with the results from hippocampal brain slices, the BHB treatment also mitigated the decrease in ATP production caused by complex I inhibition [112]. These effects were prevented by inhibition of complex II with 3-nitropropionic acid or malonate, indicating that BHB primarily influences mitochondrial respiration at complex II [112], which is consistent with ketolysis increasing formation of succinate and FADH2. However, in mutated cells prone to complex I disassembly and an associated severe decrease in complex I activity, treatment with BHB + ACA (5 mM each) increased both the assembly and activity of complex I [113], indicating that ketones somehow promote repair of complex I damage and may therefore influence mitochondrial respiration at more than one site.
Hi Eva, That’s awesome that you are helping your son this way. I haven’t tried this with other tools, but you could probably use either the blender or the food processor. The key is to pulse in step 5, not just constantly blend, so that the whites don’t fully break down. Other than that, it should be pretty similar. As for the yolks, if you don’t want to make creme brulee, I usually just put a couple extras into an omelet (or breakfast casserole, or any other dish requiring cooked eggs) mixed with whole eggs.
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Development of metabolic syndrome depends on distribution as well as amount of fat. Excess fat in the abdomen (called apple shape), particularly when it results in a high waist-to-hip ratio (reflecting a relatively low muscle-to-fat mass ratio), increases risk. The syndrome is less common among people who have excess subcutaneous fat around the hips (called pear shape) and a low waist-to-hip ratio (reflecting a higher muscle-to-fat mass ratio).
Hi Danielle, The bread will not rise without the baking powder, but you could try it if you don’t mind that. Some people make homemade baking powder with baking soda, cream of tartar, and arrowroot powder. But, arrowroot is still a very small amount of starch. Divided among the slices, it’s actually fewer carbs than some of the other ingredients (e.g. almond flour has a small amount of carbs also).
Although the majority of links between energy sensing and antioxidant defense are manifested further downstream, there is some direct influence at the level of AMPK and sirtuins. AMPK is activated by oxidative stress [259, 260], likely through ATP depletion and a subsequent increase in the AMP to ATP ratio, or facilitation of tyrosine phosphorylation, which occurs independently of AMP and ATP concentrations [259]. SIRT3 contributes more directly to antioxidant defense by deacetylating and activating SOD2 [261–263]. The overlapping effect of SIRT3 on antioxidant defense and bioenergetics is further supported by SIRT3 knockout increasing lipid peroxidation in conjunction with decreased O2 consumption in mouse skeletal muscle and also by SIRT3 knockdown increasing H2O2 production and decreasing O2 consumption in myoblasts [264].
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Nutritional ketosis is a natural metabolic state in which your body adapts to burning fat rather than carbohydrates as its primary fuel. It is clinically proven to directly reduce blood sugar (as measured by HbA1c), improve insulin sensitivity (as measured by HOMA-IR) and reduce inflammation (as measured by white blood cell count and CRP). Nutritional ketosis can be induced by following a ketogenic diet. Learn more in our FAQ below!
Ketosis occurs either as a result of increased fat oxidation, whilst fasting or following a strict ketosis diet plan (ENDOGENOUS ketosis), or after consuming a ketone supplement (EXOGENOUS ketosis). When in a state of ketosis the body can use ketones to provide a fuel for cellular respiration instead of its usual substrates: carbohydrate, fat or protein. 
Although there are numerous sites of mtROS formation, the most prominent are those in the mtETC, where the superoxide radical (O2•−) is formed through reduction of O2 by leaked electrons, particularly at complexes I and III [41, 53–55]. Production of O2•− at complex I is particularly high during reverse electron transport (RET), which occurs when a high proton-motive force (Δp) develops across the inner mitochondrial membrane in conjunction with the pool of coenzyme Q (CoQ) being in a highly reduced state (i.e., mostly present as ubiquinol) as a result of electron transfer through complex II and electron transfer flavoprotein:ubiquinone oxidoreductase (ETF-QO) [56–62]. This dependence of mtROS production on Δp during RET is mainly influenced by proton gradient (ΔpH) [59].

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The alternative is to perform studies were participants undergo nutrition counseling, follow a specifically prescribed diet and self-report their food intake. The advantage is that these kinds of studies can be of long duration, so it is possible to study long-term effects – assuming people are actually eating what you’re telling them to. Of course, they don’t.
I made this tonight for the first time and I don’t think I ground my psyllium husk enough because the bread had some “crunchy” parts (and not in a good way). Also, I did get a little sinkage, though not too bad. I also inadvertently added baking soda instead of baking powder, so tried to scoop it out and then add the baking powder. I think ultimately, I had too much. Finally, I felt like it needed more salt. It seemed to lack flavor.
The ketogenic is known to improve the metabolic syndrome risk factors [8]. Type 2 diabetes is like a subset of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome can be seen as the umbrella term harboring the conditions necessary for setting you up for outright type 2 diabetes, and a low-carb or ketogenic diet may even prevent the development of the condition.

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I absolutely LOVE this bread. I make a fresh loaf every 1-2 weeks as needed. It took 3 tries to get it right. I had tried it with pre-ground NOW foods powdered psyllium husk powder and got a gooey, purple version [that still tasted great and toasted fine], and then I must have used a tiny bit too much liquid in another version because it was too dense, but now I precisely weigh everything and grind up my own psyllium husks in my coffee grinder as fine as I can get it and it comes out perfect every time. This is going to sound dramatic, but this bread has changed my life. lol… it’s a go-to for a quick meal if I have nothing else prepared because I can always find something delicious and keto-friendly to either slather on top, or make toast for my eggs, French toast [I can’t REMEMBER the last time I had French toast before I started making this bread!], or a quick little sandwich on the go. Maria – I’ve read almost all of your books and use so many of your recipes and tell everyone that will listen about you. I’ve sent your books to numerous family members, too. Thank you so much for everything you do. I started eating ‘The Maria Way’ last September and have lost that ‘inner carb demon’ that made me hungry all the time. That alone is priceless to me. I feel like I’ve finally been set free! Food has no hold over me anymore, now it’s about all the delicious and healthy food I CAN have and LOVE.
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.  
The only reason to continue to give this bad advice is the lingering fear of natural fat. If you’re going to avoid fat you need to eat more carbohydrates in order to get satiated. But in recent years the old theory about fat being dangerous has been proven incorrect and is today on its way out. Low-fat products are simply unnecessary. So this reason doesn’t hold up either.
I made this yesterday and had 3 pieces. Had another 2 for breakfast today and after a few minutes I started feeling nauseated. The nausea got worse and worse, and I ended up projectile vomiting in the bathroom. I looked it up and it’s a symptom of psyllium husk overdose. I read that the max dosage per day is around 2tsp. I had around 10 times the daily dosage in my breakfast alone… I love all of Maria’s recipes but this is just a warning to watch out with the husk powder in this recipe! I did not grind mine to decrease the density of it. I am semi comatose in bed now while my husband takes care of our kids. 😁😁😁
If for any reason you get a fail…a spongy loaf , or one with a buble don’t throw it away. Cut off the top bubble and cut into squares or triangles then taost for great pita like chips…cube the bottom sprinkle on some spices and toast or rebake for croutons…I have had my successes and failures wih this loaf but the ingredients are too expensive to waste…another idea would be to toast the bottom after you slice the top off and then add butter, garlic and cheese for a good garlic bread.
Ketone bodies are acidic, but acid-base homeostasis in the blood is normally maintained through bicarbonate buffering, respiratory compensation to vary the amount of CO2 in the bloodstream, hydrogen ion absorption by tissue proteins and bone, and renal compensation through increased excretion of dihydrogen phosphate and ammonium ions.[9] Prolonged excess of ketone bodies can overwhelm normal compensatory mechanisms, defined as acidosis if blood pH falls below 7.35.
In the absence of acetyl CoA (several ways this can happen, including substrate shortage, as I’m describing here) we evolved a cool trick.  Our liver can make – out of fat or protein, though we much prefer to use fat so we can spare our protein and prevent severe muscle wasting – something called beta-hydroxybutyrate, one of the 3 ketone bodies I described above.
I can’t tell you how this changed my life. This keto bread is extremely versatile and can be used for many dishes. I found that just adding a bit of stevia and vanilla to it makes it the perfect replacement for lady finger biscuits or savoiardi in our keto tiramisu. It’s also fantastic to use to make keto bread crumbs with and perfect for burgers or sandwiches. This bread is also just 4 net carbs for the entire mug, so that is a definite plus point. And with 28 grams of fat and 13 grams of protein, it really balances out, macros-wise.
My loaves always had air pockets and a gummy texture. I made a loaf yesterday and when I was putting it in the oven, the power went out. The dough sat on the counter for 3 – 4 hours until the power came back on and I was able to bake it. The finished loaf cooled in the oven all night (I took it out of the loaf pan) and when I cut into it this morning, the texture was perfect – no gooey middle, no air pocket! Perhaps the secret is to let the dough rest before baking??
In our keto bread recipe, we use a combination of coconut and almond flours so neither is overpowering. We also use a touch of psyllium husk powder to help achieve the right texture. A little bit of beef gelatin acts as a binder and adds bread-like “chew” to the final result. Our recipe only contains egg whites, which add structure and act as a natural leavening agent, but without the eggy flavor that the yolks would add.
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