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What Is The Keto Metabolic Protocol (KMP)?

The cornerstone of The KMP is a strict reduction of carbohydrates. To put it simply, we train the body to use fat as the main energy source instead of sugar. On a standard Western diet, the body uses glucose as the main source of fuel. All the food pyramids I’ve ever seen recommend that we eat plenty of carbohydrates. But on The KMP, we strictly reduce them. And we’ll talk about what exactly carbohydrates are and what foods contain them.

Just as a brief overview, you’ll find them in grains, so all whole grains but obviously also the refined grains and any flours. Pulses like beans, peas and chickpeas are also quite “carby” as well as fruit and starchy vegetables like parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash or beetroot. Many drinks other than water can have sweeteners as well, of course. On the ketogenic diet, fats typically provide most of the calories- around 75% and more of total calorie intake comes from fats. There is a range of different options and the trick is to incorporate those fats in an easy but also enjoyable way. So good options for instance are avocados, coconut oil, olives and olive oil, oily fish, nuts and seeds, fatty cuts of meat and poultry . Ghee, which is the only dairy product allowed on The KMP is often better tolerated because most dairy components are removed.

So there’s loads of different ways of incorporating more fats into your diet, we’ll go into this in a lot more detail. Protein is sufficient but not unrestricted. This is what makes a well-designed ketogenic diet different to other low carb approaches like for instance the Atkins diet. Lots of different protein sources are available: fish, eggs, meat and also vegetable protein like chia, hemp and flax seeds, nuts and also tofu (only if it's organic). It is important to calculate the ratio carefully to make sure you don’t have too much protein in your diet because it can lead to gluconeogenesis, the creation of glucose from protein.

The diet is called ketogenic because when the body uses fats for fuel, ketone bodies are created in a process called ketogenesis.

Compare The Standard Western Diet With The KMP

Let’s compare the ketogenic diet with the Standard Western diet in terms of macro-nutrients: - Carbohydrate intake averages about half of calorie intake in most Western diets - Fat and protein intake varies but combined they make up the other half of calorie intake When looking at the Standard Western diet, carbs make up about 45-65% of calorie intake, protein about 10-35% and Fat is 20-35%.

Digestion of carbohydrates on a Standard Western diet usually leads to a rise in blood glucose. All carbohydrates, whether unrefined or refined, will eventually lead to increased blood sugars- at different rates, of course. Once blood glucose goes above a certain threshold and can become dangerous for the body, the pancreas starts to produce a hormone called insulin. Insulin has a lot of different roles in the body. One of them is to move glucose from the blood stream into the cells. There are glucose receptors on every cell membrane and they allow the transfer of glucose from the blood into cells where it is used for energy generation.

Insulin is also our “fat storing” hormone, i.e. turns glucose into fat when we can’t use it all up- which is often the case. Insulin also has an important role to play when it comes to regulation of sodium in kidneys, for instance. This is why initially, when somebody goes on a ketogenic diet, dehydration can become an issue when insulin drops. The membranes of cancer cells typically contain more glucose and insulin receptors than normal cells and we will see later why this is so important. So, this ready supply of glucose allows to “fuel” cancer cells, allowing them to survive and thrive. Fat intake on a ketogenic diet for cancer is at least 70% of total calorie intake but ideally much higher and for most people it is more around 85%. For children and in the case of epilepsy especially, it can be over 90% even. Protein intake is 12-20% of total calorie intake or about 1-1.5g per ideal body weight.

There are important considerations to make when it comes to protein: People who are going through treatment, are scheduled for surgery or need to support their immune system need a higher intake. We will look into this in further detail. Carbohydrate consumption is minimal at around 3-5% of total calorie intake, according to Professor Tomas Seyfried, author of the book “Cancer as a metabolic disease”. He recommends net carb intake of 12 gram per day.

Areas of Research Using a Ketogenic Diet

To sum it up, the classic ketogenic diet is a specific high-fat, adequate protein, very low carbohydrate lifestyle intervention. Current research now investigates different applications for ketogenic diets and there are a lot of studies on the way at the moment.

Epilepsy is the first and the oldest application of the ketogenic diet. Especially in children it can lead to improvements and reduction of seizures when medication doesn’t have the desired effects. It is also being used for diabetes, both type 1 and type 2. At the beginning of 2015, a new research paper was published that clearly states 12 reasons why the ketogenic diet can and should be used as a first protocol in diabetics.

Another emerging area of research for the ketogenic diet is for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurological disease. PCOS, or poly-cystic ovary syndrome, is often treated with metformin, a drug that reduces glucose and therefore insulin levels. The ketogenic diet has very similar mechanism and can therefore be useful in PCOS and also infertility.

Cardiovascular risk parameters can also be targeted with ketogenic diets. Saturated fat and cholesterol were demonized for the wrong reasons for too long. Following a high fat, low carb diet has shown many beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. We also know that acne can be caused by high levels of IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor), which is lowered on keto.

The other - more obvious condition - is metabolic syndrome and weight management. And very recently more and more endurance athletes have approached me to give them guidance on how to implement the ketogenic diet. I also wrote an e-book about how they can enhance their athletic performance and it’s mainly useful for athletes who do long distance races and very much rely on aerobic performance. It makes sense if we consider the fact that a sugar-burning athlete has access to about 2,000 calories (glucose and glycogen) whereas an athlete that is in fat-burning mode can tap into 100,000 calories and more stored as fat reserves.

Metabolic Changes

There are a lot of other predictable metabolic changes happening and I think it’s important to know what is going on in the body when we started moving towards a ketogenic way of eating.

First of all, food sources of glucose are used up. When we eat carbohydrates and also excess protein, they are converted into glucose, which is being used by the cells. Glucose stored in the liver as glycogen is the next energy source that is starting to be depleted. When glucose and insulin levels are low, the liver is triggered to make glucose from fatty acids, amino acids, lactic acid and also recycled waste. This process is called gluconeogenesis and happens when glucose is required by the body.

Once glucose and insulin levels are consistently low, the liver starts converting both dietary and stored fats into usable energy molecules called ketone bodies. Healthy normal cells operate like hybrid engines and they are metabolically very flexible. This means that they can switch between using glucose or ketone bodies as the main energy source. A metabolic state where ketones are used as the main source of energy is called “ketosis” or “nutritional ketosis”.

Nutritional ketosis has many benefits and there’s more and more research coming out showing what functions ketone bodies have. Research suggests that ketones also may inhibit cancer cell viability. So it’s not just about reducing glucose and insulin, which obviously is a very important step because they are important pathways for cancer, but ketone bodies themselves may have anti-cancer properties. Ketone bodies also reduce inflammation and this is of great importance because inflammation is one of the key drivers in cancer.

There is a lot of research into that, and that’s why I also like to test for systemic inflammation. Ketone bodies are neuroprotective - they help mitigate damage to healthy neurons from cancer treatments such radiation and chemotherapy, for instance.

Neuroscientists are also looking into possible ways to manage conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS and others. The other thing that is important to know is the ketones are water-soluble and therefore don’t need any carriers to cross the blood brain barrier. Glucose for instance needs transporters to cross the barrier but that’s not the case for ketone bodies.

Gluconeogenesis, so the production of glucose from fatty acids, amino acids or lactic acid is continuously meets the needs of glucose-dependent cells such as red blood cells. Nobody denies that there are certain cells and processes in the body that require a little bit of glucose like for instance the conversion of certain thyroid hormones. These needs can be met by the process of gluconeogenesis. And the other thing that is important to know is that lowering protein intake both directly and indirectly lowers the levels of cancer-promoting insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). That’s one of the reasons why we can’t eat limitless amounts of protein. The ketogenic diet and fasting also affects other cancer pathways like for instance AMP-K.

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Is Cancer Really a Genetic Disease?

Recently, more and more researchers have started to question whether it’s a good idea to pour a lot of money into genome projects. Hundreds and thousands of gene mutations in different cancers have been identified and have certainly led to advances in the field of molecular biology, but have they done much to defeat cancer?

Gene-based targeted therapies show a lot of promise against those few cancers that are inherited (5-10%) but what about the rest of them that aren’t? Dr Thomas Seyfried provides plenty of evidence that cancer is a metabolic rather than a genetic disease. Source: “Cancer as a Metabolic Disease”,  Thomas Seyfried.

You see on the left that a healthy cell begets two healthy cells and a cancer cell begets two cancer cells. But what is responsible for the unregulated cell growth in the tumour cell? Is it the mutations in the nucleus as mainstream medicine views it or is there a possible connection with abnormalities in the mitochondria? Mitochondria are small organelles sitting in the cytoplasm, the area surrounding the nucleus, and generate the energy in a cell.

We know that they’re also abnormal in the tumour cell because energy metabolism is disrupted. In experiments, when the nucleus of a tumour cell is moved into a healthy cytoplasm, the result is normal cells and sometimes even normal tissue. Although the nucleus is supposed to contain the mutations that drive cancer, we don’t see this happening in these experiments. When the nucleus is taken out of a normal cell and put into a cancer cell cytoplasm, the result is dead or cancerous cells. Could it be that normal mitochondria suppress the formation of tumours? Could this indicate that the gene mutations in the nucleus are NOT the drivers of this disease? Does it make sense to focus the majority of research on finding all the possible mutations?

Mechanisms of the KMP Framework

So why exactly is it that a ketogenic diet compromises cancer cell metabolism - in other words how a cancer cell produces energy? How can a simple reduction of carbohydrates  and an increase fat intake make such a difference? So the first thing we need to know is that: - Tumour tissue relies heavily on glucose as a fuel. In cancer diagnostics this has been taken advantage of for quite a good while now with the PET scan. With the help of a PET scan, oncologists aim to detect cells that take up glucose at a much higher rate, i.e. cells that are metabolically more active and “gobble up” glucose. Before the scan, radioactive glucose is injected into the veins. Once the glucose starts to spread, the metabolically active areas light up more than others.

We also know that when insulin levels are low because the glucose is at a consistently low level, there’s a decrease amount of glucose that can reach cancer cells. And this has several consequences: less insulin means that fewer insulin receptors are activated and we know cancer cells have up to 10 times the number of receptors as normal cells both for glucose and insulin. If fewer receptors are present, less glucose is moved across the cell membrane.

As a result, glucose is becoming scarce for healthy cells but they just switch to burning fat as a fuel. The graphic below hopefully helps to illustrate this whole process: On the left side, you see differentiated tissue- which are the healthy cells- and what happens if oxygen is present so (+O2). Glucose enters the cell, it is split into two molecules (by glycolysis) and turned into pyruvate. Pyruvate then enters the so-called mitochondria, small organelles that are the powerhouse of cells. Through oxidative phosphorylation, 36  molecules of ATP are produced. ATP is the energy currency of the cell.

As a by-product, there’s some CO2 and also a little bit of lactate. If no oxygen is present (-O2), for instance when we exercise heavily and go into an anaerobic state as a sprinter, then glucose enters the cell, it is split and we end up with pyruvate again. Also as a by-product, a large amount of lactate is produced. It’s what causes that burning sensation in our muscles.

As you can see, this process is a lot less efficient in terms of energy generation. Through anaerobic glycolysis, we generate 2 molecules of ATP as opposed to 36 when oxidative phosphorylation is used. On the right side, we have proliferative tissue or a tumour cell. It doesn’t matter whether oxygen is present or not - the process of energy generation in a cancer cell is usually the same.

So glucose enters the cell, then glycolysis breaks down glucose and forms pyruvate. Some pyruvate then can go into the mitochondria as well but that’s very much dependent on how damaged the mitochondria are- usually they are severely compromised in cancer cells or even lack completely. The majority of the pyruvate is converted into lactate. Lactate has a few major roles in cancer cells: it makes sure that the immune system has a hard time recognizing that tumour tissue is present and it also makes it easy for a cell to metastasize.

In case anybody is wondering what happens to the 10% here because we have 5% going into the mitochondria and 85% converted into lactate. About 10% of glucose is diverted into so-called bio-synthetic pathways upstream of pyruvate production. These pathways are very necessary for producing new cells for instance and but also just to maintain a certain balance of the cancer cell (called redox balance).

This whole process of energy generation in a cancer cell here is called “aerobic glycolysis” and it’s also called the Warburg effect. Otto Warburg was a Germany scientist carrying out lots of research in the 1920’s 1930’s. He showed that whether oxygen is present or not, cancer cells prefer to use glycolysis (the splitting of glucose) for energy generation. The whole process or effect is also referred to as “fermentation”.

As we have seen, in comparison to oxidative phosphorylation, this process is a lot less effective because it only generates 4 molecules of ATP. You will probably come across the term “Warburg effect” quite a lot when researching the ketogenic diet and I hope you have a clearer idea now what it is.

Did you know… … that Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize for his research into metabolism of tumours and respiration of cells in 1931?

So is cancer as a metabolic disease really a new discovery? As a summary of what we looked at earlier, cancer cells are “glucose-avid”- this is the scientific terms for cells that require unusually large amounts of glucose. When an oncologist gets the result of the PET scan, he will also know what the rate of glucose efficiency is. By lowering glucose levels and interfering with glucose and insulin transport, cancer cells are deprived of their preferred fuel.

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Who Is Suitable For The KMP?

  • People who are motivated and prepared to change!
  • Conditions relating to blood glucose dysfunction/insulin resistance
  • Weight loss
  • People with cardio-vascular disease
  • Chronic and acute inflammatory conditions
  • Neurological dysfunctions
  • Poor energy production (inc. mitochondrial dysfunction/Chronic fatigue)
  • People with cancer and autoimmune disease
  • Endurance sport performance

Who Is Not Suitable For The KMP?

  • People that cannot commit
  • Pregnant women
  • People with unusually high blood lipid profiles when on a reasonably healthy diet (still possible but with monitoring)
  • People with chronically high life-load and/or with ‘exhausted’ A-HPA axis
  • Vegetarians & vegans?
  • Carnitine deficiency (primary)
  • Carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT) I or II deficiency
  • Carnitine translocase deficiency, CAT
  • Fatty Acid Desaturase Deficiency FADS
  • b-oxidation defects
  • Medium-chain acyl dehydrogenase deficiency (MCAD)
  • Long-chain acyl dehydrogenase deficiency (LCAD)
  • Short-chain acyl dehydrogenase deficiency (SCAD)
  • Long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA deficiency
  • Medium-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA deficiency
  • Pyruvate carboxylase deficiency
  • Porphyria
  • Caution is also advised with elevated liver enzymes, impaired gut function, history of kidney stones or renal disease, certain heart conditions, history of pancreatitis or abnormalities in blood chemistry.

The KMP Step-By-Step...

Keto Adaptation Can Give Rise To Some Temporary Adjustment Issues...



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Common in early stages. Cravings usually stop completely when keto adapted.

Use fat based drinks (coffee/cocoa) or coconut oil based snacks to induce satiety


Usually resolves as body adapts to diet - essential that fibre intake is high. KD causes a shift in micro biome by changing bacterial food supply.

Increase vegetable intake. Add in a prebiotic (& probiotic?) to support micro biome Add in Psyllium husk, flax and chia seeds to add bulk and lubrication to stool. If there is digestive discomfort may be low mucin production due to too LOW carbs. Consider adding in small amounts of more starchy vegetables to establish tolerance.


Some people find the high level of fats can leave them nauseous.

Cut back on levels, particularly early in the morning and increase more gradually. Consider gallbladder support - artichoke and dandelion extract, taurine/ magnesium taurate, lecithin/phosphatidyl choline, lipase enzyme & ox bile.

Keto Flu

Can occur in early adaptation stages as body shifts to a different fueling system. Manifests as fatigue and brain fog.

Increase fluid electrolyte intake - bone broth with added Himalayan salt. Carnitine for >12 Carbon Long fatty acid transport into Mitochondria

What Foods Are Included In The KMP?

YES Foods

These foods are lowest in carbohydrates and can be included in your diet


These Foods need tracking due to their carbohydrate content

NO Foods

Avoid these foods





Organic Eggs

Small Oily Fish*










White Fish

*Prefer the small fish- e.g. sardines, anchovies, mackerel, wild salmon, freshwater trout



Alfalfa sprouts





Bamboo Shoots

Beet Greens

Bok Choy


Brussels Sprouts



Celery (Root)


Collard Greens

Courgette (Zucchini)




Green Beans

Green Leafy Veg






Olives (Tapenade)




Snow Peas


Spring Onions

Swiss Chard


Water Chestnuts


NUTS/SEEDS & BUTTERS Almond (Butter)

Brazil nut

100% Cacao

Flax seeds

Hemp seeds

Macadamias (Butter)


Sesame Seeds/Tahini Coconut (Butter)




Animal Fats (Ghee, (Goat) Butter, Lard, Chicken/Duck/Goose Fat, Beef Tallow)

Avocado (Oil)

 Coconut Oil/Milk

Macadamia Oil

Mayonnaise (dairy free)

Olive Oil



Herbal Teas (unsweetened) Filtered or bottled water

Clear Broth (e.g. Chicken Stock)



Lemon, Lime


Pork:  bacon and chorizo as a condiment or snack rarely but must be chemical-free and not in large amounts.



Bean Sprouts


Bell Peppers

Carrots Squash






Sweet Potatoes




Fish Oil as a supplement

Flax Oil (store in fridge) Peanut


Sesame Oil (store in fridge)

Sunflower Seeds OILS



Tempeh, Tofu Sprouted Legumes



Almond Milk (unsweetened) Coconut Milk (full fat) Decaffeinated Coffee Unsweetened Protein Powder, Organic Soy Milk (when no alternative)



 Small amounts of fresh berries, cherries, ½ kiwi, ½ small apple or a small amount of papaya.






Coconut Aminos Soy Sauce (Tamari)



Contain carbs that need to be taken into account if following a strict ketogenic diet


TREATS Coconut Yoghurt (unsweetened)

85-99% Dark Chocolate


Meat and fish in a batter Processed meat/fish with preservatives and additives





White potatoes




Coconut Juice/Water Coffee/Coffee Drinks/Coffee Shakes

Fruit Juices

Milks except for those in yellow section



Vegetable Oils like Corn, Canola, Soybean and Sunflower Oil




Black Beans





Pinto Beans


Red Beans
























Processed Pizza



Wheat Products



All except for those mentioned in the “Limit Foods” section



All except ghee



Bottled Salad Dressing Ready-made Sauces Relishes



Or artificially sweetened food or beverage items of any kind

What Foods are Included in The KMP?

The list above gives you a clear indication of the foods that are included on The KMP, But from a volume perspective by far the most abundant part of The KMP are your organic, non-starchy vegetables - just think the colours of the rainbow with regards your vegetable intake!

However , the most abundant part of The KMP with regards your calorific intake are your good fats. This includes your organic saturated animal fats, organic coconut oil and MCT oil, organic flaxseed, macadamia, olive and avocado oils and your nuts and seeds!

Protein is also a very important part of The KMP and should only be free-range, organic and local in origin. Being careful not to 'over eat' proteins is very important as the body will convert the proteins to glucose!

Fats as Part of The KMP

So, through reading all of the above information on this page, you will have got the clear picture that The KMP is ALL about your fat intake.

The KMP and Carbs

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