Keto Lie #4: Protein should be avoided due to gluconeogenesis

Perhaps the biggest differentiator between keto and every successful version of a lower-carb diet (e.g. Atkins, Paleo, Bernstein, Banting, Carnivore, etc.) is the misguided fear of ‘excess protein’ to keep ketones high, insulin low and avoid gluconeogenesis. Ever since Jimmy Moore discovered that protein could convert to sugar via gluconeogenesis and therefore lower your blood …

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What foods raise your blood sugar and insulin levels (other than carbs)?

Does X, Y or Z raise my blood sugar?  This is a common question we get when people start with Data-Driven Fasting.  It’s also an important question for people (like my wife Monica) who are managing diabetes to empower them to make well-informed food choices that will keep their blood sugars stable. While carbohydrates have …

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Want to lose fat? DON’T aim for stable blood sugars! (Why your CGM could be making you fat)

If there was anything I thought I knew when I was an insulin-fearing keto zealot, it was: the blood sugar roller coaster is bad, and  stable blood sugars were good.   According to the keto gurus that I was following, if you wanted to lose fat and optimise your metabolic health, the most important thing you …

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Does protein raise blood sugar?

gluconeogenesis... why do my blood sugars rise after high protein meal?

There is a lot of controversy and confusion over gluconeogenesis and the impact of protein on blood sugar and ketosis. I want to shed some light on protein, insulin, and how high protein meals impact your blood sugar. Some common questions around the interwebs include: If you are managing diabetes, should you avoid protein because …

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Dom D’Agostino’s breakfast – sardines, oysters, eggs and broccoli

At first, it sounds like a bizarre combination, but when one of the smartest guys in the keto scene says that he has sardines, oysters, eggs and broccoli as his regular breakfast I wasn’t surprised to find this diet scored well in the nutritional analysis. Before he started researching cancer and oxygen toxicity seizures for …

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