Keto with Cliff
Cliff Harvey has been working with clients to optimise ketogenic and low-carbohydrate diets as part of his philosophy of ‘carbohydrate appropriate’ (finding the right carb intake for you) for well over twenty years.
His Master’s degree research focussed on ‘keto-flu’ and he published the first papers on this along with the first review of ketogenic supplements along with a randomised controlled trial on the use of medium chain triglycerides to improve time to ketosis and reduce keto-flu symptoms. He also, with his colleagues, performed the first qualitative study of the ‘lived experrience’ of people following a ketogenic diet.
Cliff’s Doctoral research continued to delve into ketosis and keto-flu in different types of low-carb and ketogenic diets.
[Peer-reviewed scientific journal articles can be found HERE]
Ketogenic diets and ketones have been shown to:
- Increase fat-loss vs a low-fat, high-carb diet
- Improve brain-health and reduce neurodegeneration
- Aid recovery from brain injury and concussion
- Reduce markers of future health risk and improve metabolic syndrome and diabetes
- Reduce inflammation and oxidation
- Improve anxiety and provide possible benefits in depression and bipolar disorder
What is a Ketogenic Diet?
A (good!) ketogenic diet is very low in carbohydrate, moderate to high in protein and moderate to very-high in fat. Basically, by restricting carbohydrate, the body produces more ‘ketone bodies’ to help fuel the body and the brain and central nervous system (which usually rely on glucose [sugar]).
What are 'Ketones'
‘Ketones’ refers to ‘ketone bodies’. These are chemicals the body produces all the time but in tiny amounts. When there is not enough carbohydrate to fuel the brain and nervous system, the body ramps up its production of these these fuels; beta-hydroxybutyrate, acetoacetate, and acetone.
Ketones can also be increased in the body by supplementation. Medium chain triglycerides can boost ketone production, while exogenous ketones provide BOHB directly to the body.
Learn the Science Behind Keto from Cliff!
Why study Keto-Mastery with me?
Let’s face it, everyone’s on the keto bandwagon now. From former high-carb devotees, to Paleo and Primal experts…
But if you study with me, you’re getting 22 years+ of practical experience applying, prescribing, and studying ketogenic diets be and keto supplementation. Heck, I even did my Master’s and PhD in keto!
In Keto-Mastery, you’ll learn what ketogenic diets, ketones, and ketosis are; how to apply them; for whom keto is best (and worst) for; and the evidence behind the use of keto for a range of conditions.
All this is delivered online so you can study at your own pace and is backed by support from the team at Holistic Performance Nutrition (and me!)
Complimentary Keto Guides
Additional Keto and Low-Carb Resources
Articles on keto
There has recently been significant discussion in clinical circles about the appropriateness of the ketogenic diet for the treatment of ovarian cancer. In this article, I summarise the available research on ketogenic diets and ovarian cancer to shed some light on whether it is or isn’t appropriate…
Cliff chats with James Walsham on his Hypertrophy Hub Podcast about keto, calories, and so much more!
Recent media articles have highlighted the debate between low-carb and low-fat diets for treating diabetes. In this article, Cliff examines recent media reporting and the evidence for diet and the treatment of diabetes.
Some animal studies have suggested that a keto diet can result in insulin resistance and this is supported by some glucose tolerance challenges in humans. But is this phenomenon all that it seems, or could this actually be a healthy adaptation to a low-carb diet?
Cliff Harvey PhD was recently on Danny Lennon’s podcast, Sigma Nutrition Radio. Check it out to hear about ketosis and fat-loss, neuroprotection. MCTs, Lion’s Mane and more!
Ketogenic diets have become massively popular in recent years but they are misunderstood and often overcomplicated. Cliff Harvey is a clinician and researcher with over 20 years experience with keto. In this article, he simplifies the main concepts behind the ketogenic diet.
Cliff Harvey started changing the world 20 years ago, he’s still going. Catch up with his doctoral research, views on keto, mental health and more.
Recent articles have suggested that higher fat intakes are responsible for ‘keto-crotch’. Does this study support that contention?
Ketogenic diets and ketones themselves offer a promising treatment option for neurodegenerative disorders and cognitive decline.
The ketogenic diet is often touted as a ‘cure’ for cancer. But is this justified? Could there be risk from using a keto-diet for cancer?
The Carb-Appropriate Podcast Ep.15 Chris Miller has a wide and varied background in health and performance. He has completed graduate and post-graduate qualifications in history, health science, Chinese medicine, and much (much!) more. He has worked with many Olympians, world level and professional athletes. Chris is the founder of Primalthenics
A common claim currently doing the rounds is that a low-carb or keto-diet will negatively affect either ‘female hormone balance’, menstrual cycles, or ovulation. It is claimed that there is a minimum amount of carbohydrate (i.e. 200 g per day) required to preserve hormone status and ovulation, along with other
Rebuttal to the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine article: “Keto Diet Is Dangerous for Veterans with Diabetes”
A recent article by vegan advocacy group PCRM has attacked using low-carb for veterans with diabetes. In this article, researcher Cliff Harvey provides a rebuttal to the PCRM arguments against LCHF for diabetes.
Cliff talks with former pro bodybuilder and entrepreneur, Toney ‘the X-man’ Freeman.
A Summary of Our Research: How did people ‘feel’ on a keto diet? Very little research has been conducted on people’s subjective experiences of diet. The study of this is incredibly important because if we are to properly understand diet and prescribe, based on holistic effects, we need to know