Ketogenic Intermittent Fasting for Heart Health?

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Not long ago, I experimented with what I called “intermittent carnivore fasting”.

Effectively, it is exactly as it sounds. I intermittent fasted while eating a carnivore diet.

You can call it an experiment if you want. I just called it fun.

Catch up on the three part series here if you like:

Intermittent Carnivore Fasting Part One

Intermittent Carnivore Fasting Part Two

Intermittent Carnivore Fasting Part Three

On a personal level, I enjoyed my experience. It was well-suited to my tastes, helped me get in better shape, and boosted my energy.

But is this just the tip of the iceberg?

The hype around both intermittent fasting and low-carb diets is growing every day. So much so that these diets are starting to catch the attention of the scientific journals.

Specifically, this opinion piece was recently published in the journal Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity.

Authors from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Yale New Haven Health System wrote an opinion piece that looked anecdotally at two individuals who reversed hypertriglyceridemia (high blood levels of triglycerides) using a ketogenic intermittent fasting diet.

High blood levels of triglycerides are believed to be a risk factor for atherosclerosis, or the restriction of blood flow in arteries due to a buildup of substances within them.

Traditionally, the dietary advice to those who suffer from hypertriglyceridemia has consisted of a very low-fat diet. So, for any individuals to have success reversing theirs using the opposite could be an indicator of change on the horizon.

With that said, this reflects on just two anecdotal cases. Not exactly a tidal wave of cases and still only anecdotal.

However, with more and more people reporting their success on these types of diets and the medical community starting to take notice, it might be wise to keep an eye on the research as it comes out to see if these types of diets might be appropriate for some of us.

Health and diet orthodoxy changes all the time, so sometimes the best thing we can do for our health is to have an open mind.

So be sure to talk to your doctor about any health or diet plans to determine what is best for you.

And keep your mind open! You never know when you might be pleasantly surprised.


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  1. Pursuit of Great

    My pleasure and I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for your support!!

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