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Flex your keto muscle with Ben Azadi
In this podcast, I brought in Ben Azadi, who is the author of Keto Flex. He is also the author of three other best-selling books: The Perfect Health Booklet, The Intermittent Fasting Cheat Sheet, and The Power of Sleep. Ben is the go-to source for intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet. He is a ‘Health Detective’ because he investigates dysfunction and educates, not medicate, to bring the body back to normal function. If you want to transform your life and get healthy, I would recommend going to Keto Kamp with Ben Azadi.
Topics covered in this episode
We start the podcast by Ben delving into how he got started with the ketogenic diet. He goes over his history as a vegan and the reason why he got away from it. In this episode, he does give some tips about being keto vegan and vegetarian.
Daily carbs he recommends
Ben recommends that you don’t count net carbs but instead focus on total carbs. In his approach to keto, he recommends staying 50 total carbs or below. I liked this recommendation because it gives people more flexibility when doing keto.
Three months for keto-adaptation
In this episode, we also discuss the whole concept of becoming “keto-adapted.” Ben explains why it takes 90 days for your mitochondria to achieve “keto-adaptation.” He says you can get in fat-burning mode in about a month; however, it takes three months if you want to experience true keto-adaptation.
Women and increased carbs during PMS
In our talk, we also delve into the “why” women should increase their carbs before starting the menstrual cycle. It turns out that there are actual physiological reasons. If you need more carbs during this time, then it is okay.
Ben is a big advocate of keto-carb cycling, and in his book, Keto Flex, he talks about his Keto Flex protocol. Overall, it is a good idea to incorporate keto-carb cycling when you are doing keto. Why is this? Well, because your body does need nutrients from foods that are higher in carbs.
Autophagy and fasting
I enjoyed Ben’s approach to autophagy and fasting. You see, when I fast, I always like to have my cup of coffee in the morning. One of my biggest concerns with drinking coffee is, “Is it going to ruin the autophagy of my fast?” Ben effectively cleared that question up for me. When you listen to the podcast, he will explain everything.
Stevia and MCT oil
We also talk about the use of stevia and MCT oil while fasting. He is a proponent of both!
Weighing yourself and calories
In this episode, I get his opinion on weighing yourself while doing keto and calories. He gives a good explanation on his approach to both concepts and “why” it is not good to get wrapped up in the scale or tracking calories in/out.
Fasting and Hunger
We wrap up the episode by talking about fasting and how to deal with hunger. Ben gives some excellent tips to help whenever you take on a fast!
I enjoyed interviewing Ben and his approach to keto. If you want to follow him and learn more about his keto method, go Keto Kamp with Ben Azadi. His concepts are very inspirational and are tried and true. If you want to learn more about the keto diet and chakra balance, you can also follow me on social media or sign-up for my newsletter.