Why is Keto Ideal for Women?

there’s actually some pretty solid reasons as to why women can really excel on the ketogenic diet not to say that men cannot but women actually physiologically have some advantages that make it so that they can possibly utilize fat as a fuel source even better than men I’m going to break them down I’m Thomas de Lauer with keto mojo and today we’re breaking down the science of women and the keto diet so basically what’s going on is women have a higher percentage of overall fat mass than men do basically women are gonna be more like twelve and a half percent of their overall mass being fat whereas men might be more like three to five okay now that’s not percent body fat that’s percent total like mass right so when we look at it like that it actually makes sense that the female body is a little bit more efficient at utilizing fats now the theory in general is that women have a little bit more body fat to handle childbearing but it also makes sense when we look at from an oxidation standpoint so here’s what I mean there’s a study that was published in the Journal of medical and science and sports and exercise and it investigated how women utilize fuel in this particular case during exercise but it still translates into just everyday life they found that women oxidized lipids significantly better than men and actually use a lot less carbohydrates than men so a female body when exercising actually utilizes what’s called beta oxidation and actually mobilizes fat and uses fat for energy more so than a male would now additionally it’s also found that women have a higher level of what is called intro Mya cellular triglyceride content this is really cool because this is the fat that is sort of in the muscle that readily gets used for fuel so because they have a higher degree of fat already weaved into the muscle it indicates that their muscle tissue in the cells are much more likely to utilize fat as a fuel source again this all makes sense with keto right we want our bodies to be adapted to using fat for fuel and it’s like the female body is already more fat adapted than the male body the other thing is that women have far less leucine oxidation so the cool thing is they burn less muscle they waste less muscle now when we look at it from somewhat of an evolutionary standpoint this might make sense right we look back in time and the women were usually ones that were walking along distances and carrying somewhat large loads and carrying children as they would trek from village to village whereas men would have more anaerobic quick bursts where they would go out hunting and doing things like that so it makes more sense that women would have more of a slow oxidizing fat burning process than men having a more carbohydrate quick-acting quick energy response right now additionally if we take a study that was published in the journal applied physiology we find that adrenaline burns more fat in women than it does in men now it’s important to know that adrenaline is a big driver for hormone sensitive lipase for actual fat burning to occur for men and women but it just so happens that if we were to put it into a simple analogy form or a simple form like this one drop of adrenaline burns a lot more fat in women than that same drop of adrenaline in men this all makes sense right it makes perfect sense it’s because women have more fat that is able to be used as fuel it would make more sense than the adrenaline would cause it to burn more so basically less of a catalyst is needed to actually burn more fat so keto and fasting you a lot of the fat burning occurs because of adrenaline adrenaline mobilizes the free fatty acids send them to the liver where they get packaged into ketones it’s a simple process and it just makes sense with women now the other thing that we talked about is thyroid issues right so women are much more susceptible to hypothyroidism which means that the ketogenic diet scares some of them off however when we are on a ketogenic diet we might see a decrease in our thyroid levels but we potentially see an increase in thyroid sensitivity which means that even though our levels are lower our receptors don’t need as much thyroid to actually get the job done so we’ve actually decreased our need for as much thyroid which works very very well for women who might have a potential of going hypothyroid right so how do we figure out if we’re in keto for fasting well the simple way is utilizing your keto moto-meter right this is exactly where it comes into play it’s exactly where you want to measure your ketones to see if you’re fasting properly to see if you’re in keto properly and to see if your body is utilizing those fats for fuel specifically for women in this particular case so make sure you’re leaving the guesswork out of the equation leave the measuring to the meter so you can determine if you’re really living up to your full female potential with the ketogenic diet

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