So after many years of eating “all the carbs”, I’ve decided to give the Ketogenic Diet a good run.

Personally I have good insulin sensitivity and a faster metabolism so I have no real need to do Keto, but there’s a lot more to health than how you look. I want to explore all avenues of health unbiasedly and maybe learn a thing or two in the process.

I’ll be sticking to the Standard (75% fat, 20% protein, <5% carbs) keto approach for at least the first 2-4 weeks and then will assess from there if the Cyclical or Targeted approach is better suited.

What i’ll be tracking

  • Ketone levels

  • Macros / Calories

  • Bodyweight

  • Body Fat %

  • Gym performance

  • Mental performance

  • Sleep (using Oura ring)

  • HRV

  • Neurotransmitters (using Braverman test)

Some of the proposed benefits:

  • Better cognition

  • More stable energy / moods

  • Clearer skin

  • Better endurance

  • Less sleep required

  • Less hunger

One area I’m especially interested in is the impact ketosis has on brain neurotransmitters. I tend to be very dopamine dominant (typical highly motivated type A person). Ketosis has been shown in recent studies to boost both serotonin and gaba, both of which I could do with more of. Which has potential benefits to things such as sleep and some people have claimed to have completely cured their anxiety using keto.

Another area is sleep. I typically get a tiny amount of REM sleep (which is linked to low gaba levels) and I want to see how much the different stages of my sleep cycles will be affected while being in ketosis.

Coach Jay.