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  • Writer's pictureDenise Reese, RN

My Go-To Peeps for Keto/Fasting/Metabolic Education

I love that I am doing so well on this journey, but to be honest, I will not take all the credit.

One thing about me, is that I am obsessed with research. I will dig, dig, and dig some more until it all makes sense. I grew up struggling with my weight, and at the same time, struggling with trying to understand what was the right way to do it. I remember all those ridiculous news stories about "coming up next, how pizza, hamburgers and nachos can actually be some of the healthiest meals", just because they has tomato and olives on em. I was confused about fat vs carbs, low fat vs gluten free, and all the nonsense. The more I veered away from heavily promoted and sponsored content, the clearer things became: Mainstream diet culture is the most toxic mess you can ever be involved with. It is heavily regulated, politicized, sponsored and dangerous. Here are some of my favorite, honest, insanely intelligent and folks with the highest integrity that have helped me get my and many many peoples lives on track:

Dr. Jason Fung

A Canadian nephrologist who has over 20 years of practice helping patients with kidney disease. The #1 cause of kidney disease among his patients is diabetes. He discovered that he can reverse many clients' diabetes, pre-diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and obesity with lowering their baseline insulin with lower carb eating and fasting. He is the owner of The Fasting Method, a comprehensive lifestyle institute with the emphasis on fasting and hormonal theory of weight loss and metabolism. Why I like him: He really helps you change your mindset and get rid of the fear when it comes to fasting. He takes the time to really explain insulin and its role in energy storage and weight loss!

Dr. Stephen D. Phinney

Stephen D. Phinney is a Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of California-Davis. He is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and has twenty-five years of clinical experience as a director of multi-disciplinary weight management programs. Currently, Dr. Phinney is dedicating his expertise in weight loss and metabolic management through his program called Virta health. He has PLENTY of free content all over the internet. Just google him and look him up on YouTube. He's been featured and served as a guest on many podcasts and serves as a content expert on insulin and weight loss. Why I like him: He answers the questions that many of us have, even after we have successfully lost weight. He explains how to avoid electrolyte imbalances, and debunks myths such about potassium, water, calories and protein.

Amy Berger- Tuit Nutrition

Amy is a Certified Nutritionist Specialist that focuses on low=carb and ketogenic lifestyles. As a woman, she offers a very beneficial concept on diet: that women have a completely different pathway to weight loss because of our ever-changing hormones. She helps women understand that we can burn body fat better if we prime our bodies to burn fat as the primary fuel, and debunks all the silly nonsense about starvation mode. Why I like her: She really gives me the confidence that I am doing the right thing, and I am doing it right. I also got the confidence that as long as my body is eating my body fat, I am not technically not eating too little calories, as long as I have the EXCESS bodyfat to get the remaining calories from. Game changer!

Thomas DeLauer- Lifestyle Influencer/Coach

Thomas has been a staple in my journey, by providing an insane amount of research reviews. He has lost over 100lbs and maintained it for many years by applying scientifically proven metabolic hacks, such as maintaining muscle mass, and focusing on cutting body fat by fasting and ketogenic approaches. If you love science and pathophysiology, he is your guy. He does talk about males looking to become ripped, but he does not neglect women at all, he even talks about the uniqueness of women, weight loss and metabolism. He offers many comprehensive guides that help you understand keto, how to avoid pitfalls, and how to maximize fasts. Why I like him: he's thorough, scientific and likes to put himself through experiments to prove what he's talking about. He also preaches about flexibility and not to get hung up on a mistake or two you may make. Forgiving yourself and moving on is hard, but he reminds us that one cheat, one slip up will NOT undo all your progress. He's also heavily sponsored by many keto companies and I get amazing discount codes from his vids.

Dr. Becky Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy is a medical doctor that focuses on overcoming bad habits that lead to weight problems, and she promotes the abstinence of added sugar and heavily processed foods. She teaches her audience about food addiction, cravings, bingeing and emotions. Why I like her: One thing I really like about her is that she takes the time to reassure us that the way we are eating now (healthy) will lead to sustained changes overtime. She addresses the roadblocks that we all experience, such as stalls, plateaus, water weight gain, cravings, and more. Watching her videos help keep you focused, motivated and reassured that you WILL reach your goals!

Honrable Mentions:

I can go on and on and on, but here are more of my favorite people that help me stay focused, educated and ready to smash goals:

Dr. Timothy Noakes: Sugar toxicity, low carbohydrate diets:

Dr. Benjamin Bickman: Insulin, keto, fasting

Dr. Bret Scher: Keto, Insulin, Fasting

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