Our bodies are built to work on impulse. These impulses come, and then they go. The same is true when it comes to insulin release in the body. The impulse for insulin release comes, and then it goes. We should learn to play around that inbuilt impulsiveness as we manage our diet in order to enhance our health and well-being. This is the secret to maintaining a healthy weight and healing metabolic disorders. The impulsive keto (IK) diet combines these principles of impulsive insulin release with the keto diet to promote weight loss, as well as overall health and wellbeing.
This means that the IK diet, on one end, is concerned with food choices. On the other end, however, it is also concerned with meal timing. The aim of the impulsive keto diet is to help manage the insulin pulses from your food. This can promote the healing of insulin resistance, improve metabolism, and promote weight loss. How does the IK diet do this? It restricts dietary carbs and causes your body to use fat as fuel while relying on the impulses of your body for proper meal timing, and frequency.
What is The IK Diet All About?
Impulsive keto seeks to use proper meal timing and a healthy diet to influence your hormonal state. This approach has been proven to speed up weight loss and heal metabolic disease.
If you carefully manage your nutrition and meal timing, you can heal from obesity and metabolic dysfunctions. How do you manage your nutrition in impulsive keto? This is very simple. You will restrict your intake of dietary carbs while eating more fats and proteins.
When you do this, your body will use up all the sugar stored in your body. When there is no more sugar to draw energy from, your body will enter a ketogenic metabolic state where it uses fat as fuel. This, in turn, improves your metabolism and optimizes the ability of your body to melt stored fat.
This process is beneficial for your overall health. It can heal you of metabolic diseases like Type II Diabetes. Type II diabetes is a progressive disease caused by insulin resistance. The IK diet primarily reverses insulin resistance. It can also reverse other health conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
But then, the IK diet goes a step further beyond the keto diet. There is no counting of macros. It’s all about plate composition.
Furthermore, it follows a model of insulin holiday that gives the cells of your body a break from the effects of insulin. There are drugs that could help do this, but this is a natural model.
This model is quite incredible, yet very simple. It does not rely on drugs, because these drugs have their side effects. More so, it saves you the cost of buying expensive drugs to control your insulin levels. Meanwhile, you can use it freely on any schedule.
Your body releases insulin in response to food consumption. However, your body can learn from your eating habits and meal timing to release insulin by impulse.
So the IK diet uses a pattern that some people call intermittent fasting to control insulin release and train your body’s impulse. That impulse usually reverts to base levels if you don’t eat for 12 hours.
If you can simply skip breakfast, insulin will not be released by your body. This will, in turn, create an ideal state for your body to burn a lot more fats as an energy source. But it doesn’t end there. Your body will then become more sensitive to insulin when its release is eventually triggered by your future meals.
Meal Composition for an Impulsive Keto Diet
The keto diet does not major on counting macros. Rather, it follows a more simplified method that measures intake by visual food portions.
This method was developed by experienced keto experts, comprising medical doctors. They developed this method based on their understanding of how to address different health problems with low-carb nutrition.
The major recommendation of the impulsive keto diet is for you to eat 30 grams of protein with each of your meals. A cut of meat that’s about the size of your palm will supply the needed amount of protein.
Note that you are not advised to eat 30 grams of meat. No. You should get 30 grams of protein from meat. This means you will need more than 30 grams of meat to supply the needed amount of protein.
The main idea is that your attention should be on your protein consumption. This is your one and only goal. Also, your food should be nutrient-dense. Every bite counts and you must get as many nutrients as possible from each bite. This means junk foods and processed foods are not allowed on this diet.
Furthermore, you will need to cut carbs in order for your body to reach a state of ketosis. You can start by reducing your carbohydrate consumption to less than 20 grams per day.
Your fat controls the flow of fuel or energy in your body when you are on impulsive keto. If your body has plenty of fat, you would want to burn it off. So allow your body to use that for fuel, and don’t take in too much. However, don’t hesitate to add enough fat to add great taste to your food and to keep you full.
Finally, when you are on impulsive keto, you should eliminate the following foods from your diet:
- Grains, grain products, and grain-based foods
- Sugary foods, especially those with added sugar
- Fruits (you can add small amounts of berries to your meal after about 2 weeks)
- Starchy vegetables like potatoes, butternut squash, corn, etc.
- Legumes, e.g. different types of beans and peas
Brief Description of IK Pathways
Before you start the impulsive keto diet plan, you should do a quick self-assessment. This will help you manage your food choices and meal timing better. Your current state of health and your goal will determine which one of the four IK pathways is good for you.
These are the 4 pathways:
1. The MET pathway
If you are pre-diabetic or have been diagnosed with diabetes, this is the right pathway for you. It enhances metabolic healing.
If you are following this track, you should get your net carbs only from vegetables and keep them below 20 grams daily. In addition to this, you should do a 16/8 intermittent fasting or an alternate day fasting.
2. The LOSE pathway
This track is for you if you are overweight but otherwise healthy. It is designed for those who simply want to lose weight
If you are following this track, you should get your net carbs mostly from vegetables and keep them below 30 grams daily. In addition to this, you should do a 16/8 intermittent fasting or an alternate day fasting.
3. The MAIN pathway
You should align yourself with this track if you are doing the impulsive keto plan just to maintain good health. It is designed to help you maintain health and wellness.
If you are following this track, you should keep your carb consumption below 75 grams daily. In addition to this, you should do a 23/1 intermittent fasting or an alternate day fasting.
4. The RARE pathway
This track is for unusual situations that are a bit more complex. For instance, cancer, thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, epilepsy, and so on.
If you are following any of these impulsive keto pathways, ensure to get an adequate intake of water and electrolytes. Drink 5 oz of water per lb. of your body weight daily and add a pinch of salt to your water before drinking. It is a plan that fits everyone regardless of current health conditions and future goals.