Fat Burning Science Cracked In a Navy Funded Study

Dr. Dominic D'Agostino explains how nutritional strategies for the US Navy have led to some incredible discoveries about the role of nutrition with far reaching implications on everything from neurological diseases to cancer.

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By Karl Lawrence on Thursday, April 23, 2015
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In this week's episode of Your Best Life, Karl Lawrence interviews Dr. Dominic D'Agostino, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida. What started as the use of nutritional strategies in hyperbaric medicine for the US Navy has led to some incredible discoveries about the role of nutrition and, specifically, the broad ranging implications ketones have on everything from neurological diseases to cancer. Dr. D'Agostino shares why everything we've been taught - the Food Pyramid, carbs, fat - is all wrong.

Main Questions Asked:

  • What are Ketones, and what is a Ketogenic diet?
  • Will your research potentially substantiate previous unsubstantiated metabolic (dietary) therapies? What is epigenetics, gene expression, and how does diet change gene expression?
  • What diets promote optimal blood glucose levels and sustained energy?
  • Is there an ideal ratio of fats, proteins and carbohydrates we should be following?
  • Do we need carbohydrates?
  • What are the actionable steps we can take to program our body for fat burning & optimal health?

Key Lessons Learned:

  • Ketogenic diets were originally developed as effective metabolic strategies to deal with O2 toxicity of the central nervous system, but have been shown to have neuroprotective properties that affect multiple central nervous system disorders, including Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinsons and MS.
  • Diets containing carbs still need to "count" caloric intake because you tend to eat more. With a high fat diet like paleo, your appetite and blood glucose is better controlled.
  • Different types of starches in small concentrations have a therapeutic effect on the gut microbiome, promoting better digestion, immune function and overall metabolic function.
  • Carbohydrates are not a requirement. Our body can make the glucose it needs.
  • With a ketogenic or paleo diet, many people can feel satiated on just one meal every 12 hours (two meals a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon).
  • You can't burn fat when insulin is high.
  • When you eat healthy fats, your body become keto-adapted, and learns how to more effectively burn fat for fuel.
  • Intermittent fasting helps promote using stored fat for fuel and prevent sluggish fat metabolism.

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I agree with last post. This is old "news?". Lots of truth here but there is so much more available. Check out the A4M website and the University of South Florida Medical School. Thousands of M.D.s are already on the bandwagon with Metabolic Medicine.
Posted 8 years ago by techno
A very interesting read, but all it does is lead to more questions, instead of answers.
Posted 9 years ago by Erin
Agreed.... BUT, This is old news....this info has been around for 15 years or more. Nothing new.
Posted 9 years ago by Eric

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