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Unlocking the Keto Code

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Unlocking the Keto Code

The Revolutionary New Science of Keto That Offers More Benefits Without Deprivation

Harper Wave,

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Learn why keto diets often fail – and a better way to put ketones to work for health and longevity.

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Keto diets have been getting it wrong all along, contends renowned cardiologist Steven R. Gundry – and that’s why so many people fail to see results. Instead of acting as a super fuel, ketones play a key role in regulating metabolism within the cells, Gundry argues. This insight forms the basis of the Keto Code, a detailed, multifaceted program to alter mitochondrial function and help you lose weight, get healthier and live longer. According to Gundry, the Keto Code program offers all the benefits of a traditional ketogenic diet, with far more flexibility and fewer restrictions. Alongside thorough descriptions of the science, Gundry provides recipes and tips for food preparation.


Conventional wisdom about the keto diet makes out ketones to be a super fuel.

The ketogenic or “keto” diet – a high-fat, low-carbohydrate way of eating – promises to offer massive longevity, weight loss and health benefits, according to proponents. They claim that by dramatically cutting carbs and instead eating 80% of your daily calories in the form of fat, you can trigger your liver to enter a metabolic state called ketosis, producing ketones. Ketones are said to act as a super fuel for your body, a superior alternative to using carb-sourced glucose for energy. Ketosis is supposed to make your body an efficient fat-burning machine.   

Scientists first discovered ketones in 1880s Germany in patients with diabetes. Later, research on children with epilepsy showed both fasting and eating a high-fat, low-carb diet could reduce seizures. However, it wasn’t clear why until 1921, when endocrinologist Rollin Turner Woodyatt discovered the connection to ketones.

Woodyatt found three conditions incite the production of ketones: feast, as in a high-fat, low-carb, low-protein diet; famine, as in fasting; and diabetes. The link between all three: glucose. When the body ...

About the Author

Steven R. Gundry is a cardiac surgeon, medical researcher and founder of the Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs, California. His books include Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution and The Plant Paradox

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