Keto with Cliff
Cliff Harvey is literally ‘Dr Keto’. He 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.
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.
Additional Keto and Low-Carb Resources
Articles on keto
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
A lot of people freak out about protein when following a ketogenic diet. There is an idea that eating a high, or even moderate protein diet, will result in large amounts of glucose creation from amino acids in protein (gluconeogenesis). However, this idea is unfounded and there are significant benefits
The Carb-Appropriate Podcast Ep.13 Paul ‘Cadsy’ Cadman is a nutrition and performance coach specialising in custom nutrition, supplementation, and training programming for endurance athletes. I love chatting to Cadsy as he is a self-experimenter who’s always willing to do the hard yards, walking the talk, before applying it with his
The 2019 edition One of the most common questions any nutritionist gets is “So, what do YOU eat?” This is not necessarily the best question for a client to ask, because what I do, will not always be what you should do. On the other hand, the example of someone
A monthly research review by Cliff Harvey PhD (c) Are you sick of reading boring research reports that you don’t understand? In this monthly review, Cliff breaks down nutrition, health and performance topics, and summarises the latest, trending research in plain English The Carb-Appropriate Review only costs $10 USD per