Ask Dr. O: Is a Ketogenic Diet Right for Me?

October 25, 2017

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Question: I’m interested in building muscle in the gym. Is a ketogenic diet right for me?


A true ketogenic diet is based on a strict macro breakdown of 75% fats, 20% protein and 5% carbs. By replacing your normal energy source, carbs, with fat, you train your body to burn ketones for fuel instead of glucose. This process is known as ketosis. If your goal is extreme weight loss, this diet has proven successful for many people.

However, if your goal is to lose weight while maintaining muscle mass, you might want to consider an alternative. One of the down sides of a keto diet is the potential for muscle loss. In a caloric deficit, your body searches for the fuel it is being deprived of. While we’d all love for it to immediately turn to our fat stores, in reality, the body will actually start to break down muscle tissue.

This is a reality on any diet, however the moderate protein intake required by the strict macro breakdown of the ketogenic diet creates an even more catabolic environment.

Supplementing with amino acids can help. By providing an alternative energy source for your body, aminos can prevent muscle loss and therefore, protect your metabolic engine. The more muscle you have, the more calories you’re able to burn.

This is the whole point of Keto Aminos™. This supplement not only helps you burn fat, it helps you build muscle at the same time.

Contrary to popular belief, amino acids are not an enemy of keto dieters. Yes, on a ketogenic diet, anything that you consume other than fats can and will be converted into glucose. This includes protein and amino acids. However, let’s take a step back and remember the goal of the keto diet. It is not to be in ketosis just for the sake of being in ketosis. The goal of the keto diet, or any diet for that matter, is weight loss.

When you’re in ketosis, the major advantage is that your liver starts to produce ketones. The ketones are then used by your brain and body as fuel instead of glucose (carbs). The beauty of supplementing with Keto Aminos™ is that the beta hydroxybutyrate (BHB) salts it provides act as an exogenous source of ketones. And whether you’re in nutritional ketosis or not, your body still has the machinery to use them as an energy source. To boot, you don’t have to be in ketosis to burn fat for fuel.

So, to answer your question, if you’re trying to build muscle, the ketogenic diet probably isn’t for you. However, you can reap the benefits of a ketogenic diet by supplementing with Keto Aminos™. With exogenous ketones to help you burn fat and BCAAs to help build and maintain your hard-earned muscle, it’s a no brainer.

Dr. Brett Osborn

All readers are advised to consult their physician before beginning any exercise and nutrition program. BPI Sports and the contributors do not accept any responsibility for injury sustained as a result of following the advice or suggestions contained within the content.

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