Nov 10, 2014


Hormesis is the term for generally favorable biological responses to low exposures to toxins and other stressors. A stimuli or toxin showing hormesis has an opposite, and beneficial effect in small doses where it would be damaging in larger doses. An example of this would be weight training. The muscles are broken down to allow the body to adapt and ultimately build them stronger than before.

With the ketogenic diet the body eventually reaches a state of homeostasis. Even if the diet is ketogenic, and the calories are below the maintenance level many people find they do not lose all of the weight they desire. This is because the metabolic rate has slowed down to accommodate the ketogenic state. What can overcome this is to briefly spike the body with an insulin spike by consuming extra carbohydrates at one meal. There are several cautions that need to be followed when doing this.

If the conditions are right then the person should, at one meal only, add a large amount of easily digested, relatively tasteless, carbohydrates such as white rice. They should have a large portion eating at least 100 grams of carbohydrate at the one meal. The one meal should be the evening meal. After the spike they should return to a strict ketogenic diet with 20 grams of carbohydrate a day or less.

This sudden spike in blood sugar and insulin will have a hormetic effect causing the body when it returns to the default ketogenic state to burn more fat. This is a technique which is well researched and is similar to methods used by bodybuilders to reach very low levels of body fat. It is important to do this only as often as once a week or less. When the body returns to a steady ketogenic state it should settle down to a weight lower than before the spike. Only then should another spike be considered. These brief spikes should not be enough to lose keto adaptation. 

If a person has blood sugar problems or is diabetic this might not be advisable. If a person has a strong carbohydrate addiction they need to be careful that they don’t return to eating a higher carb diet. Most people don not have a return of carbohydrate craving after this spike but obviously if you do then it’s not for you. Most importantly a person needs to be well keto adapted, having been on a ketogenic diet for 4 to 6 weeks.

Sep 12, 2014


In episode 863 , Jimmy Moore on the Livin La Vida Low-Carb podcast had Dr. Ron Rosedale as a guest. Dr. Rosedale has been on the leading edge of the low carb ketogenic approach to health for many decades. An interesting point he brought up during this interview was that one could reach ketosis on a high protein diet with very few carbs and low fat. The problem with this is it’s not healthy. That’s why it’s important to achieve ketosis through a high fat moderate protein low carb diet. One cannot go wrong however if one uses the keto ratio calculator as the unhealthy approach would not show the ratio as being ketogenic, as Dr. Woodyatt specifically developed this ratio to show the appropriate way of achieving healthy ketosis. Well worth listening to this podcast.