From fad diets and supplements to a new gym membership that motivates us for a solid month until our enthusiasm entirely fizzles—we are constantly getting drawn into weight loss programs, only to find that these programs either promise too much or leave us feeling frustrated by the process. With The Keto Reset Diet, the idea is to end any dependency on carbohydrates or other unhealthy addictive foods, and carefully take steps towards changing your appetite in a way that will positively affect your metabolism in the long term, reprogramming it to perform in the most optimal way it can. This program isn’t just another diet plan; it’s a different way of fueling your body—a way that is thoughtful to your body’s specific needs and focuses on personal nutrition for better internal performance. Read on for details from the author, Mark Sission, on why The Keto Reset Diet is not a shortcut program and why its effects are lasting. And don’t forget to try Mark’s keto-friendly recipe for Stuffed Turkey Burgers. This turkey burger recipe is infused with goat cheese and an assortment of herbs that are so delectable, it barely categorizes as “diet food”—dare we even call it that.
The Keto Reset Diet Is Not a Shortcut Program
While rapid weight loss can be easily achieved with an extreme and regimented program, the goal with the more deliberate process outlined in The Keto Reset Diet is to make sure that you don’t fail or backslide after three days, 30 days, three months, or 30 months. The speed of your progression toward full-blown keto depends upon your current personal starting point with your health and fitness, and how well you respond to the dietary and lifestyle recommendations. One thing is for sure: you’re not going to fail from lack of preparation. If you’re not ready, you’ll know why you’re not, and you’ll learn exactly what action to take to get ready. We’re in this together for the long haul, and you’ll have an understanding, supportive, patient, and focused coach in your corner the entire time.
What’s more, nothing here is going to be a struggle, because that’s a sure setup for failure. Unlike so many programs that shove a rigid agenda down your throat and disregard intangibles like “Are we having fun yet?,” The Keto Reset Diet will feel like fun, it will be sensible, and it will be doable at all times. To succeed with long-term diet and lifestyle transformation, it’s essential to enjoy every step of your journey, and to never struggle or suffer in the name of health. Suffering is as unhealthy to your psyche as junk food is to your body.
This is one way that The Keto Reset Diet differs from the all-too-popular “hack” approach—where results are obtained via enticing shortcuts instead of honoring the laws of nature, the realities of hectic modern life, and the long-term consequences of a shortcut strategy. My 21-Day Metabolism Reset will ease you into an effective plan that will help transform your body naturally. If you are able to lose weight following one of those typical ill-prepared, poorly designed keto shortcut plans, it will largely come from an extreme overstimulation of fight-or-flight hormones. Pumped up for your challenge (perhaps fueled by anger, frustration, desperation, vanity, or other tenuous extrinsic motivators), you can restrict carbs and total calories with tremendous willpower, exercise like crazy at those 6 a.m. workouts, and temporarily feel pumped full of extra energy thanks to a cocktail of powerful adrenaline-like adaptive (conferring a fitness or metabolic benefit) hormones, especially cortisol.
You can perform like a champ to meet extreme demands and “watch the fat melt away” for a few weeks or a few months, if you are particularly bull-headed and lucky enough to not fall apart sooner. Then one day the buzz wears off and you wake up and realize, “This sucks. I’m fried.” The fight-or-flight hormonal processes that you’ve egregiously abused become exhausted, and you have arrived at the familiar destination of burnout. Regardless of your impressive willpower and type-A personality gold-level membership card, you start producing lower than healthy baseline levels of these important endocrine hormones, and you find yourself in a PTSD-like haze: your appetite goes haywire and all the fat you lost—and then some—comes back quickly. You wake up feeling unmotivated, lethargic, and craving sugar, and you go to bed the same way. These are the laws of nature, balance, and karma kicking in.
Regardless of your impressive willpower and type-A personality gold-level membership card, you start producing lower than healthy baseline levels of these important endocrine hormones, and you find yourself in a PTSD-like haze: your appetite goes haywire and all the fat you lost—and then some—comes back quickly. You wake up feeling unmotivated, lethargic, and craving sugar, and you go to bed the same way. These are the laws of nature, balance, and karma kicking in.
This disturbingly familiar story is the dirty little secret of the diet and fitness industry. The popularity of clean eating and active living is currently at an all-time high, but if you look more closely, you’ll see massive attrition and turnover rates with gym memberships, personal trainer clientele, and on the starting lines of endurance events. The chaos, confusion, and dead ends in the diet and fitness game are such that the average fitness enthusiast’s dusty bookshelf is a graveyard of false hopes and false promises.
This will not happen with The Keto Reset Diet. What we are going for here is not just a quick-fix cleanse or a detox, but something much deeper: a reprogramming of your genes and a long-term recalibration of your appetite and metabolic hormones in the direction of fat-and ketone-burning and away from carbohydrate dependency.
STUFFED TURKEY BURGERS WITH GOAT CHEESE
Makes 4 servings
Calories: 510 ♦ Fat: 37 G ♦ Carbohydrate: 1 G ♦ Protein: 43 G
The addition of this one simple ingredient transforms an average turkey burger into something special!
1 teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
¾ teaspoon (4 ml) dried oregano
¾ teaspoon (4 ml) dried thyme
¼ teaspoon (1 ml) black pepper
11 ounces (320 g) chevre (goat cheese), in a log
1½ pounds (680 g) ground turkey, divided into 4 portions
1. Mix the salt, oregano, thyme, and pepper in a small bowl.
2. Cut 4 slices of chevre approximately ¼ inch (6 mm) thick (you will use the remaining chevre in step 5).
3. Divide one portion of meat in half and form into 2 thin patties approximately 3 to 4 inches (8 cm) in diameter. (If the turkey is sticky, it helps to wet your hands.) Sandwich 1 slice of goat cheese between the 2 patties, pressing the edges together and gently flattening. Repeat with remaining 3 portions.
4. In a large skillet set over medium heat, heat enough avocado oil to lightly cover the surface. Season the top of each burger with some of the spice mixture and place seasoned side down in the skillet. Cook until lightly browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes.
5. Season the tops of the burgers with the remaining spice mixture, then flip the burgers. Crumble or slice the remaining goat cheese over the tops of the burgers evenly. Place a lid on the skillet and cook another 5 to 8 minutes, or until the burgers are cooked through.
6. If desired, place the burgers under a broiler to lightly toast the goat cheese.
Excerpt and recipe from The Keto Reset Diet by Mark Sisson. Copyright 2017 by Mark Sisson. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.
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