After two failed attempts to follow the classic ketogenic diet, I came up with the Gottfried protocol, a method that worked for me and also worked for many women. This is a modified ketogenic diet. Starting from detoxification, this is missing from the classic ketogenic diet, but it is needed by most women to burn fat. It contains more carbohydrates and supports women’s hormonal balance. [Editor’s note: The classic ketogenic diet is generally a high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carbohydrate diet.]

The three pillars of the agreement are detoxification, nutritional ketosis, and low-stress intermittent fasting. The order is important. Follow the three pillars for four weeks. Then you add healthy carbohydrates in increments of five grams to define your carbohydrate threshold. It has been successful in my medical practice with hundreds of women. More information about each step:

The first step: detoxification. Detoxification can remove toxins from the liver and eliminate circulating hormones that affect metabolism. Clinically, we call it metabolic detoxification. For most of my female patients, their bodies do not detoxify well.So in this agreement, we have integrated some helpful things, such as more polyphenols From plant foods, including oils; Cruciferous vegetables, Such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower; and Dark green leafy vegetables. Stool every day is also important for the detoxification process.

The second step: nutritional ketosis. When you follow a high-fat, medium-protein, and low-carbohydrate diet plan, your body will enter nutritional ketosis. I adjusted the classic ketogenic diet by adding carbohydrates to make it more effective in restoring women’s insulin levels. But with this diet, you will still consume a lot of plants and consume tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (sometimes medium-chain triglyceride oil) as well as prebiotics and probiotics. We track net carbohydrates and other macronutrients, calculate your ketogenic ratio, and if you want, you can also measure your glucose-ketone ratio (more on this book).

The third step: intermittent fasting. One of my favorite things about intermittent fasting is that it is the back door to ketosis. This type of fasting means that you do not eat for twelve to twenty-four hours a day. Intermittent fasting can improve the balance of many hormones (such as insulin, ghrelin, leptin, and cortisol) and cause metabolic conversion, thereby inhibiting insulin and glucose to trigger your body to switch from burning carbohydrates to burning fat s level. Fasting helps regulate inflammation, enhance brain function and lower blood pressure. It can also regulate leptin to make you feel more satisfied.

About hormones:

  1. Insulin transfers glucose into your cells.

  2. Leptin will tell you when you are full.

  3. Cortisol is a stress hormone that controls blood sugar levels and regulates metabolism and inflammation.

  4. Ghrelin, known as the hunger hormone, will tell you when you are hungry.

  5. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism.

  6. Testosterone is involved in muscle growth and repair, libido and mood.

  7. Lack of growth hormone can cause anxiety, premature aging, fatigue and accumulation of abdominal fat.


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