From the author of the New York Times bestselling Plant Paradox series comes this revolutionary take on the keto diet that debunks common myths and shows readers how to reap the rewards of keto with less restriction
Like many doctors and nutrition experts, bestselling author Dr. Steven Gundry has long endorsed the ketogenic diet—a style of eating that heavily restricts carbohydrate intake to make the body burn fat for fuel. Because ketosis offers a variety of health benefits, including weight loss, reduced risk of illness, and enhanced energy, Dr. Gundry believed his patients’ efforts to adhere to the challenging regimen was worthwhile. That is, until his research uncovered a shocking truth: We’ve gotten keto all wrong.
In Unlocking the Keto Code, Dr. Gundry reveals the biological mechanism that makes keto diets so successful: a cellular process known as “mitochondrial uncoupling.” As it turns out, ketones are not the magical fuel source they’ve been made out to be; in fact, the body cannot run on ketones and fats alone. Over the long term, a very low carb-diet can lead to muscle wasting and poor cognitive health.
Luckily, you don’t have to restrict all carbs to reap the benefits of ketosis; you simply have to have enough ketones and other plant compounds called polyphenols present in your body to “unlock” the process of mitochondrial uncoupling. In this insightful, empowering, eminently practical book. Dr. Gundry explains the many ways readers can ignite this process, from feasting on plant-based foods (carbs that are typically off-limits on a keto diet!) to enjoying ketone generating foods such as goat and sheep milk products, to implementing a timed eating schedule. You will even discover the real reason how superfoods, even apple cider vinegar, work their magic; and its not what they you think!
Grounded in cutting-edge science, this is the book for all the people who have tried and failed on a keto diet; for vegetarians and vegans who want to go keto; and for anyone who wants to lose weight and enjoy better health while eating a wide variety of foods. With food lists, hacks, and all-new recipes, Unlocking the Keto Code makes going keto easy and enjoyable for the first time.
Steven R. Gundry, MD, is the director of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California, and the founder and director of the Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. After a distinguished surgical career as a professor and chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Loma Linda University, Dr. Gundry changed his focus to curing modern diseases via dietary changes. He is the bestselling author of The Longevity Paradox, The Plant Paradox, The Plant Paradox Cookbook, The Plant Paradox Quick and Easy, and Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution, and has written more than three hundred articles published in peer-reviewed journals on using diet and supplements to eliminate heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and multiple other diseases. Dr. Gundry lives with his wife, Penny, and their dogs in Palm Springs and Montecito, California.
“An epochal piece of research. ‘Unlocking the Keto Code’ is a mind-bending, head-scratching new tome that is going to cause a ruckus....in all the right ways. Required reading for anyone on — or ever thinking about – a keto diet.” — James Nestor, bestselling author of Breath
"Dr. Gundry has done it again. He has the unique ability to take complex scientific information and turn it into simple and practical solutions. His latest book is a must-read for anyone interested in optimal health and longevity." — Dr. Jack Wolfson, board-certified cardiologist and founder of The Natural Heart Doctor
“[Dr. Gundry's] new approach will offer a fresh perspective for dieters eager for a change… those dedicated to radical approaches to weight loss and healthfulness will welcome the author’s presentation of the latest research. An encouraging “tune-up” diet guide featuring a host of weight-loss alternatives.” — Kirkus Reviews
"Dr. Gundry has always been a skilled disruptor of commonly held beliefs that tend to cause people to struggle with their health. Ketogenic diets, though rooted in long-lived nutrition principles, have led to a startling misconception about how they work. Dr. Gundry, true-to-form, comes sweeping in with Unlocking the Keto Code to clarify this nutritional phenomenon like only he can. You'll be healthier, happier, and more empowered by reading this book." — Shawn Stevenson, bestselling author of Eat Smarter and host of The Model Health Show