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KETO

CYCLE
THE DIET THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
POWERED BY

BY JASON WITTROCK
Congratulations on making

YOU
the decision to change your
life and improve your health.
The fact that you decided to start this program means you want
to reach your full potential and are willing to make the necessary
changes to become a better and stronger person.

ARE
Before you start your new journey, it is important to have a strong
‘WHY’. Take a moment to ask yourself why you decided to start
this journey? Why is this important to you? Having a strong WHY
will help you persevere in the face of adversity and help you conquer
obstacles along your journey.

You must practice positive visualization and set big goals. Instead
of thinking how painful it might be for you to reach your goal, focus
on the positive and how good you are going to feel once you
reach your goal. You are not helpless. You have everything it takes

STRONG
to become great and reach your full potential. Visualize yourself
reaching your goal and prepare your mind for the inevitable
obstacles that you must conquer along your journey.

You must believe 100% that you deserve success. Your past does
not determine your future, and nothing can stop you from reaching
your goal if have persistence. You are a lot stronger than you think.
Have faith in yourself, be patient, and enjoy the journey!

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THE
Furthermore, carbohydrates cause severe inflammation in your body
and are responsible for mood and energy swings throughout your day.
There are essential fats and proteins, but no such thing as essential
carbohydrates.

TRUTH
Understand: the most fattening foods are the ones that significantly raise
blood sugar and insulin levels. These foods include sugar, refined grains,
starches and sugary drinks.

New studies have proven the harmful effects of carbohydrates, however


the government and USDA continue to show an unwillingness to
change their advice. Most likely because large food companies lobby
Unfortunately, millions of americans attempt to lose weight and end up
the government with money and pay for biased scientific studies so they
failing simply because they have the wrong information. Most people do
can keep selling you cheap carbohydrates with high profit margins. For
not fail on their diet because they lack willpower. They fail because they
example, the American Heart Association lists Idaho Baked Potatoes as
have the wrong strategy and quit when they do not see the results of
a ‘heart healthy food’ and puts their ‘certified stamp of approval’ on every
their hard work and effort.
single potato. A single baked potato contains approximately 50 grams of
carbohydrates and has a score of 85/100 on the Glycemic Index, meaning
Believe it or not, you do not get fat simply because you eat too much food.
it causes a severe impact on blood sugar and insulin levels.
You also do not get fat because you don’t exercise enough. The truth
is fat accumulation is regulated by hormones in your body. The primary
Americans have followed the ‘low fat’ nutritional advice for the past 50
hormone that regulates fat accumulation is called, insulin. The medical
years, but we keep getting fatter and millions of deaths per year are
community has given insulin the name of ‘the fat storage hormone’.
caused by heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
So, what causes your body to release insulin? Carbohydrates! Foods
Basically, Americans removed fat from their diet and replaced it with
like sugar, bread, cereal, bagels, pasta, potatoes, corn, and beans.
more carbohydrates! The average American consumes between 300-
Carbohydrates cause a rapid increase in blood sugar (aka glucose). As
400 grams of carbohydrates every single day, and 152 pounds of sugar
a response, your pancreas must secrete insulin to get the glucose out
every year! This makes it easy to understand why we are facing an obesity
of your bloodstream and store it inside cells. Insulin acts like a key that
epidemic and record numbers of adults and children are being diagnosed
opens cell doors and allows glucose to enter to be stored as fat. Also,
with diabetes and dying from heart disease.
since insulin is trying to store glucose inside your cells, it prevents fat
from leaving the cell at the same time. Therefore, any time you have high
amounts of insulin in your bloodstream you are in ‘fat storage mode’ and
are unable to burn fat (even if you are working out).
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FAT
to over 600 million people worldwide. Diabetes has tripled to over 350 million
people. If eating a ‘low fat diet’ is the cure then why has America’s obesity and
diabetes rates continued to skyrocket the past 30 years?

Understand: fat does not make you fat. Carbs do!

PHOBIA
Your body wants to burn fat, but it never gets a
chance because it’s constantly burning glucose from
the carbohydrates in your diet.

Fat is considered an ‘essential nutrient’ because your body can’t


produce it on it’s own and must rely on dietary sources
During the 1920’s scientists and researchers discovered a high fat, very low carb
and moderate protein diet called the ‘ketogenic diet’ and used it to treat seizures
in children with epilepsy. During treatment they noticed the ketogenic diet was
Fat is a major component of every single cell in your body and is
essential for life
extremely effective at reducing body fat and improving many cognitive functions.
The results of their studies also showed patients who followed a ketogenic diet
significantly lowered triglycerides levels, lowered LDL (bad cholesterol), increased Fat is critical to proper organ function and protects major organs
HDL (good cholesterol), lowered blood pressure, and improved insulin sensitivity.
such as your heart, lungs, and brain

Ketogenic diets are now being used in the medical community to treat patients 50% of your brain is made of fat
who suffer from obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular and heart disease, high blood
pressure, high cholesterol, and metabolic syndrome. In fact, scientists and Fat helps regulate your immune system and body temperature
researchers are now using a ketogenic diet as an alternative treatment for cancer
patients (cancer survives off glucose). Additionally, studies show a ketogenic diet
Fat is necessary for building key hormones in your body that
is effective in curing and preventing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well help regulate metabolism, maintain healthy bones and muscle
as PCOS and infertility issues in women. development

Fat has taken the blame for almost every single health problem known to mankind,
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, along with many others,
including obesity, heart attacks, high cholesterol, hypertension, stroke, and even have published studies showing NO correlation between saturated
cancer. Because of this, most people have a ‘fat phobia’ and consider eating fat as fat and heart disease
being unhealthy and potentially deadly. The government and food industries have
taught Americans to fear fat and started the ‘low fat’ diet craze that has lasted
over 30 years. In fact, obesity rates have doubled the past 30 years

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HOW
Blood Sugar & Insulin Levels
Kept Low

1 The Keto Cycle restricts carbohydrates in


order to keep your blood sugar and insulin

KETOSIS
levels low. Carbs are replaced with dietary
fat which does not raise blood sugar and
spike insulin

Fat Leaves the Cell

WORKS 2
Low insulin levels unlock your fat cells and
allow fat to escape in the form of fatty
acids. These fatty acids travel thru your
bloodstream and make their way to your liver

Ketones Are Produced

3
Once the fatty acids reach your liver they
A ketogenic diet switches your bodies are converted into ketone bodies. Newly
metabolism and puts you into ‘ketosis’. formed ketones exit the liver and travel to
your brain, muscles, organs and other tissues
in your body to be used as energy.
Ketosis is a physiological state where your
body starts burning fat and produces ketones Ketones Give You Energy
for energy, instead of using glucose from

4
You are now in a ‘state of ketosis’ and your
carbohydrates. body is burning ketones from the breakdown
of fat, instead of using glucose. Ketones are
the most efficient energy source in your
When you are in ketosis your body is in ‘fat
body, and studies show ketones produce
burning mode’ and uses stored body fat, and fat more energy per gram than any other fuel
from your diet as it’s primary energy supply. source

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For the past 8 years I have dedicated my life to helping people improve
their mental and physical health through the power of fitness.

I have helped hundreds of people change their life and done my best to
give hope and strength to people on a mission to reach their full potential
and live the life they deserve. I have worked with people from all walks of
life and helped people overcome all types of adversity.

Early in my career I was given an opportunity to train children who suffer


from mental illness. The experience profoundly changed my perspective
and I witnessed first hand how proper diet and exercise can save your life,
empower you, build your confidence, and increase your sense of purpose
and well-being.

From this experience, I also learned about the power of the ketogenic
diet and how it was being used to treat and cure people who suffer from
obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and metabolic
syndrome. I began using the ketogenic diet myself as a way to stay in peak
physical shape year round and ensure optimal health. My results were
incredible and I quickly began using the ketogenic diet to help clients
successfully lose weight and improve their overall health.

Hello, I created the Keto Cycle as an easy-to-follow program that anyone can
use to successfully reach their fitness and health goals. The program was
designed using the latest ketogenic research, feedback from my clients,

I’m Jason Wittrock and my own personal experiences with the diet.

I’m excited to be part of your journey and hope this program gives you
what you need to finally get the results you deserve. We are in this
I’m a personal trainer, Bodybuilding.com Spokesmodel, together!
EAS Myoplex Athlete, husband and a father to my
newborn son, Paxton.

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WHAT IS
THE KETO
CYCLE?
The Keto Cycle is a modified high­fat and very
low carbohydrate ketogenic diet with periodic
and strategic carbohydrate re­feedings.

During the weekdays you follow ‘Keto Days’


which puts your body into ketosis and

IMPORTANT
allows you to burn your own body fat
as energy, instead of carbohydrates.
On Keto Days you are consuming
high fat, moderate protein, and
very low carbohydrates. Before starting any diet, you should first speak
with your doctor. Please do not start Keto Cycle
Then, on a single day over the weekend (Friday,
before speaking with your physician. You must not
Saturday or Sunday) you take a ‘Carb Day’ which
temporarily switches you out of ketosis to allow rely on the information within this program as an
your body to replenish muscle glycogen, reset alternative to medical advice from your doctor or
hormone levels, and take a quick psychological
and social break from dieting.
any other professional healthcare provider.

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CHOOSE KETO
ADAPTATION
YOUR PHASE
CYCLE
Before you begin the Keto Cycle you must complete a two week Keto
Adaptation Phase. The Keto Adaptation Phase is the period of time
where your body adjusts and switches metabolisms to burning fat as fuel,
instead of carbs.

During this two week period you must follow the recommended calorie
and macro guidelines under the cycle you choose (see ‘Choose Your
SHORT Cycle’ below). On the final day of the Keto Adaptation Phase you must
Build lean muscle and take your first Carb Day. Then, the following day you begin the Keto
slowly reduce body fat
Cycle and follow the guidelines under the cycle you chose.

WEEK ONE
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

LONG KETO KETO KETO KETO KETO KETO KETO


Quickly DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY
burn fat, lose
weight, and
maintain muscle
SUPER
Lose a significant
amount of weight,
WEEK TWO
and reduce risk MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
of health problems
associated with obesity

KETO KETO KETO KETO KETO KETO CARB


DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY

start your cycle after this day


SHORT

SHORT
CYCLE

CYCLE MEN
KETO DAY Calories & Macros
GOAL FAT PROTEIN
NET
To build lean muscle and slowly CALORIES
75% 20%
CARBS
(carbs minus fiber)
5%
reduce body fat  
Current  Calories  Calories  Calories 
Weight x 15 multiplied by  multiplied by multiplied by
One week of Keto Days, followed by a example: .75  .20 .05
if your current Take that Take that Take that
single Carb Day on the weekend weight is 160lb number and number and number and
your calorie divide by 9  divide by 4  divide by 4
(Friday, Saturday or Sunday). intake would (2,400 x .75) / 9 (2,400 x .20) / 4 (2,400 x .05) / 4
= 2,400 = 200 grams = 120 grams = 30 grams

SAMPLE WEEK
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY CARB DAY Calories & Macros
KETO KETO KETO KETO CARB CARB CARB
DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY NET
CALORIES FAT PROTEIN CARBS
(carbs minus fiber)

Choose only one of these days as your carb day.


The remaining 2 days should be KETO days.
Same as  Less than  Same as  300-350
Keto Days 75 grams  Keto Days grams
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LONG
SHORT
CYCLE

WOMEN
KETO DAY Calories & Macros
CYCLE GOAL
FAT PROTEIN
NET
CARBS
To quickly burn fat, lose weight, and
CALORIES
75% 20% (carbs minus fiber)
5%
maintain lean muscle. 
Current  Calories  Calories  Calories  Two consecutive weeks of Keto Days,
Weight x 13 multiplied by  multiplied by multiplied by
example: .75  .20 .05 followed by a single Carb Day on the weekend
if your current Take that Take that Take that
weight is 130lb number and number and number and (Friday, Saturday or Sunday).
your calorie divide by 9  divide by 4  divide by 4
intake would
= 1,690
(1,690 x .75) / 9
= 140 grams
(1,690 x .20) / 4
= 84 grams
(1,690 x .05) / 4
= 21 grams
SAMPLE WEEK 1
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

CARB DAY Calories & Macros KETO


DAY
KETO
DAY
KETO
DAY
KETO
DAY
KETO
DAY
KETO
DAY
KETO
DAY

NET WEEK 2
CALORIES FAT PROTEIN CARBS MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
(carbs minus fiber)

KETO KETO KETO KETO CARB CARB CARB


Same as  Less than  Same as  250-300 DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY
Keto Days 75 grams  Keto Days grams

Choose only one of these days as your carb day.


The remaining 2 days should be KETO days.
LONG LONG
CYCLE CYCLE

MEN
KETO DAY Calories & Macros
WOMEN
KETO DAY Calories & Macros
NET NET
CALORIES FAT PROTEIN CARBS FAT PROTEIN CARBS
75% 20% CALORIES
(carbs minus fiber) 75% 20% (carbs minus fiber)
5% 5%

Current  Calories  Calories  Calories  Current  Calories  Calories  Calories 


Weight x 12 multiplied by  multiplied by multiplied by Weight x 10 multiplied by  multiplied by multiplied by
example: .75  .20 .05 example: .75  .20 .05
if your current Take that Take that Take that if your current Take that Take that Take that
weight is 200lb number and number and number and weight is 150lb number and number and number and
your calorie divide by 9  divide by 4  divide by 4 your calorie divide by 9  divide by 4  divide by 4
intake would (2,400 x .75) / 9 (2,400 x .20) / 4 (2,400 x .05) / 4 intake would (1,500 x .75) / 9 (1,500 x .20) / 4 (1,500 x .05) / 4
= 2,400 = 200 grams = 120 grams = 30 grams = 1,500 = 125 grams = 75 grams = 18 grams

CARB DAY Calories & Macros CARB DAY Calories & Macros


NET NET
CALORIES FAT PROTEIN CARBS CALORIES FAT PROTEIN CARBS
(carbs minus fiber) (carbs minus fiber)

Same as  Less than  Same as  250-300 Same as  Less than  Same as  200-250


Keto Days 75 grams  Keto Days grams Keto Days 75 grams  Keto Days grams
SUPER

SUPER CYCLE

CYCLE MEN
KETO DAY Calories & Macros
GOAL
To lose a significant amount of weight (over 30lbs) and reduce NET
risk of health problems associated with obesity (BMI over 35) CALORIES FAT PROTEIN CARBS
such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and stroke. 75% 20% (carbs minus fiber)
5%

Three consecutive weeks of Keto Days, Current  Calories  Calories  Calories 


Weight x 9 multiplied by  multiplied by multiplied by
followed by a single Carb Day on the weekend example: .75  .20 .05
if your current Take that Take that Take that
(Friday, Saturday or Sunday). weight is 250lb number and number and number and
your calorie divide by 9  divide by 4  divide by 4
SAMPLE WEEKS 1 &2 intake would
= 2,250
(2,250 x .75) / 9 (2,250 x .20) / 4 (2,250 x .05) / 4
= 187 grams = 112 grams = 28 grams
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

KETO
DAY
KETO
DAY
KETO
DAY
KETO
DAY
KETO
DAY
KETO
DAY
KETO
DAY CARB DAY Calories & Macros
WEEK 3 NET
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY CALORIES FAT PROTEIN CARBS
(carbs minus fiber)

KETO KETO KETO KETO CARB CARB CARB


DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY DAY Same as  Less than  Same as  200-250
Keto Days 75 grams  Keto Days grams

Choose only one of these days as your carb day.


The remaining 2 days should be KETO days.
SUPER
CYCLE You can purchase coconut oil at your local grocery store. Look
for a Coconut Oil brand that has ‘cold pressed’, ‘unrefined’, and

WOMEN
‘extra virgin’ on the label. Coconut Oil can be used in cooking,
taken directly spoon to mouth, or even added to coffee or other
beverages.

WHAT
You can purchase MCT Oil from online and retail supplement
stores, as well as many specialty grocery stores. MCT Oil can be

FOODS
taken directly spoon to mouth, or added to beverages. Warning:
KETO DAY Calories & Macros If you have never taken Coconut Oil or MCT Oil it’s best you take
a small amount and assess your tolerance. Some people have

YOU
negative reactions and consuming too much at once can lead to
stomach pain and diarrhea.
NET
CALORIES FAT PROTEIN CARBS
75% 20% Warning: If you have never taken Coconut Oil or MCT Oil it’s best

SHOULD
(carbs minus fiber)
5%
you take a small amount and assess your tolerance. Some people
have negative reactions and consuming too much at once can lead
Current  Calories  Calories  Calories 
to stomach pain and diarrhea.

EAT ON
Weight x 7 multiplied by  multiplied by multiplied by
example: .75  .20 .05
if your current Take that Take that Take that
weight is 200lb number and number and number and
your calorie divide by 9  divide by 4  divide by 4

KETO
intake would (1,400 x .75) / 9 (1,400 x .20) / 4 (1,400 x .05) / 4
= 1,400 = 116 grams = 70 grams = 17 grams

CARB DAY Calories & Macros


DAYS
NET
CALORIES FAT PROTEIN CARBS
(carbs minus fiber)

Same as  Less than  Same as  150-200


Keto Days 100 grams  Keto Days grams
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SATURATED
You can purchase coconut oil at your local grocery store. Look
for a Coconut Oil brand that has ‘cold pressed’, ‘unrefined’, and
‘extra virgin’ on the label. Coconut Oil can be used in cooking,

FATS
taken directly spoon to mouth, or even added to coffee or
other beverages.

You can purchase MCT Oil from online and retail supplement
stores, as well as many specialty grocery stores. MCT Oil can
Saturated Fats are primarily found in animal origins be taken directly spoon to mouth, or added to beverages.
such as eggs, meat, butter, cheese and dairy products.

The idea that saturated fats are bad for you and clog your WARNING:
arteries has been proved false by several scientific studies. If you have never taken Coconut Oil or MCT Oil it’s best you
In fact, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown take a small amount and assess your tolerance. Some people
absolutely no correlation between saturated fat and elevated have negative reactions and consuming too much at once can
risk of heart disease. Eating saturated fats only raises ‘large’ lead to stomach pain and diarrhea.
LDL cholesterol particles, which is not associated with heart
disease like small particles. Saturated fats also increase HDL
(good cholesterol) which lowers your risk of heart disease.
Additionally, saturated fats are preferred as they provide the
quickest source of energy for your body.

High amounts of healthy saturated fats are also found in


Coconut Oil and MCT Oil. Coconut Oil is a ‘Superfood’ and
should be a staple of your diet. Coconut Oil contains unique
fatty acids and MCT’s (medium-chain triglycerides) that
provide your body with incredible health benefits. MCT’s
are a very quick energy source for your body because they
bypass normal digestive processes and pass directly to the
liver to be converted into energy.

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MONOUNSATURATED
& POLYUNSATURATED
FATS
PROTEIN
Protein is essential for the development of
These types of fats are very ‘heart healthy’ and have been proven to
reduce risk of heart disease and improve lipid profiles. your body and brain.
Monounsaturated fats include foods such as: oils (i.e olive oil, sunflower,
sesame, avocado, flaxseed), nuts (especially macadamia and almonds), nut
However, going over your daily protein
butters (i.e peanut butter, almond butter), and avocados. requirement will keep you out of ketosis,
There are two main types of Polyunsaturated Fats: Omega-3’s and
simply because your body will convert
Omega-6’s. Good sources of Omega-3’s include fatty fish (i.e salmon), excess protein into glucose
fish oil, and seeds. (gluconeogenesis).

QUICK WAYS TO Ketones have a ‘protein sparing’ effect, so you don’t need a high
amount of protein from your diet.

ADD HEALTHY FAT Choose protein sources that are high in fat, instead of lean proteins.
For example, ground beef instead of ground turkey, beef or pork
Add butter, coconut Oil or MCT oil to instead of chicken breast or tuna.
1 your coffee (keto coffee)
Your primary protein sources include:
Select fattier cuts of meat (i.e 80/20
2 ground beef, ribeye or strip steak, bacon) Eggs, meat, ground beef, fish, cheese, nuts and seeds

Snack on pumpkin seeds, sunflower seed


3 kernels, nuts and pork rinds

Cook with olive oil, butter or


4 coconut oil

Add cheese and sour cream


5 to your food
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EAT WHAT
YOUR FOODS
VEGGIES TO AVOID
ON KETO
Green leafy vegetables are high
in fiber and include foods like:
broccoli

DAYS
spinach
kale
asparagus
brussel sprouts
You will most likely crave carbs in the first few days. Your
Fiber is a very important component to good health and body is fighting you to get it’s carbs back! You must remind
has been linked to the prevention of cancer and heart yourself that fat is your new energy source, not carbs!
disease.
Your carb cravings will go away if you feed your body enough
If you aren’t able to get enough fiber from fat and give it the energy it needs.
food then a fiber supplement is recommended.

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WHAT FOODS Additionally, you must avoid Hydrogenated
TO AVOID ON and Trans Fats as much as possible.

KETO DAYS Trans fats are not produced by nature, but instead are
chemically engineered and created by food companies to
increase the shelf lives of their products. Trans fats are used
The following types of foods digest very quickly and cause significant primarily in margarine and processed foods. Your body does
increases in blood sugar and insulin levels which will keep you out of not recognize these fats and they cause significant amounts
ketosis.
of harm. Look on the ingredient list for ‘hydrogenated oil’ and
‘partially hydrogenated oil’.
These types of foods should be avoided:

SUGAR Finally, the following types of oils are considered


This includes table sugar and foods like: candy, ice
unhealthy and should be avoided:
cream, soda, fruit juice, wine, and fruit (contains
fructose). Check the ingredient list on foods for
hidden sugars like: dextrose, maltodextrin, fructose, vegetable oil
glucose, sucrose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup,
honey, syrup safflower oil
REFINED GRAINS sunflower oil
This includes foods like rice, bread, pasta, bagels,
cereal, oatmeal, baked goods, granola canola oil
STARCHES soybean oil
This includes foods like baked potato sweet potato,
corn, beans, peas corn oil
LIQUID CARBS grapeseed oil
This includes foods like soda, wine, beer, fruit juice,
sports drinks, milk, fruit smoothies
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WARNING SODIUM
ELECTROLYTES Sodium (salt) is responsible for several metabolic actions in
your body and is essential for life. You have been taught that

ARE CRITICAL
sodium is bad for you. That is true when you are running on
a high carbohydrate diet. However, this isn’t true when your
body is in ketosis. Insulin sends a signal your kidneys to store
sodium. Since you are suppressing insulin your kidneys no
longer receive the signal to store sodium and begin flushing
it. Therefore, you must continually replenish the lost sodium.
The simple solution is to eat foods high in sodium (i.e pork
rinds, salted nuts), add salt to your food, drink a cup of water
with 1 tbsp of salt, or drink 1­-2 cups of chicken broth every day.
Chicken broth can be purchased at your local grocery store.
Any brand is fine, as long as it is not ‘low sodium’. Simply pour
the chicken broth in a coffee mug and heat in the microwave
Not getting enough electrolytes is the number one cause of failure for 1­-2 minutes. It’s recommended you have two cups per day.
on this diet. If you do not keep your electrolytes high your body will If you experience tiredness or headaches drinking chicken
stop functioning properly and you will experience symptoms such as: broth is a quick remedy.
tiredness, blurred vision, constipation, muscle cramping, irritability,
lightheadedness, and lack of mental clarity.
WARNING:
Getting an adequate supply of electrolytes is especially important most generic salts sold in grocery stores contain dextrose
during the Keto Adaptation Phase. Additionally, electrolyte levels (sugar). Before purchasing your salt make sure to check the
are decreased with strength training and exercise, which further ingredient list.
increases the need to replenish electrolytes.

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WHAT CAN YOU
POTASSIUM DRINK ON KETO DAYS
WATER Drinking plain water is your best option. You can use a squeeze
Potassium is another important mineral involved in many of lemon or lime juice to enhance the flavor of your water. Note: sparkling
processes inside your body, including contractions in your water is good, however you must avoid distilled water
muscles and heart. Lack of potassion can cause side­ effects
UNSWEETENED TEA Tea has many health benefits and contains
such as brain fog, muscle cramps, and organ failure. Avocados antioxidants
are an excellent source of potassium and it’s recommended
you eat at least two per day to get your required daily amount COFFEE ­Do not add sugar, use heavy whipping cream or almond milk as
of potassium. You can also get potassium from foods such as: creamer. You can also make ‘keto coffee’ by adding butter and coconut oil
green leafy vegetables (i.e spinach or kale), mushrooms, salmon UNSWEETENED ALMOND & COCONUT MILK These are good
and nuts. You can also use Morton’s Lite Salt or Morton’s sources of healthy fat and do not contain sugar (lactose) found in regular
Salt Substitute found in your local grocery store as a way to milk
increase potassium intake.
COCONUT WATER Coconut Water has several health benefits and
contains a large amount of the electrolytes to help keep you hydrated and
energized

MAGNESIUM LA CROIX La Croix is a flavored sparkling water found at your local


grocery store. You can choose from a variety of different flavors

Magnesium is essential for system regulation. If you are low on DIET SODA Diet soda contains many harmful chemicals that are bad
magnesium you may suffer from dizziness, fatigue or muscle for your health. It is highly recommended you stay away from all sodas.
However, some studies show little to no effect on blood sugar. Therefore,
cramps. You can ensure you meet your daily recommended you may have one diet soda beverage per day. If you stop making progress,
intake by taking a magnesium supplement. Magnesium or plateau, then immediately stop drinking diet soda.
supplements can be purchased online or at your local pharmacy.
CRYSTAL LIGHT Crystal Light is an artificial flavored water enhancer and
can be found at your local grocery store. It contains artificial sweeteners
It’s recommended you take between 400­-500 mg per day. that can potentially raise your blood sugar and knock you out of ketosis.
Use as directed on the label. You can have 1­-2 glasses of water with Crystal Light added per day.
However, if you stop making progress, or plateau, then immediately stop
drinking Crystal Light
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TOO
MANY
CARBS
TOP 5 Keeping your carbohydrate intake within the daily recommended
limit is very important. Food companies have become professionals

KETO
at hiding carbs in foods. In fact, studies show up to 75% of packaged
foods on store shelves contain a form of added sweetener!
Additionally, sugars are used as a way to preserve packaged foods
such as bacon and sausages. The easiest way to avoid this problem is
to only consume whole foods that haven’t been processed.

MISTAKES
Check for hidden sugars... such as agave, cane sugar, corn syrup,
dextrose, maltodextrin, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, high fructose
corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, starch, maltose, molasses, sucrose.

Also, beware of ‘low fat’ foods!


Food companies remove the fat and replace it with carbs!

Finally, always check the food label to see how many grams of
carbohydrates are inside. You may think corn and peas are good
vegetables, but in fact they have almost 30 grams of carbs per
serving!

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NOT LOW ON
ENOUGH ELECTROLYTES
FAT
Not enough sodium, potassium and magnesium is the leading cause
of negative side effects like tiredness, muscle aches, headaches and
foggy thinking.

NOT
Remember, your body is now being fueled by fat so you need to eat
more fat! Not consuming enough calories from fat will leave you
tired and groggy. Eat plenty of high fat foods like: ground beef, eggs,

ENOUGH
steak, bacon, avocado, coconut oil, butter, etc.

TOO MUCH WATER


PROTEIN
If you consume a high amount of protein your body will start
Water is essential to transport nutrients and keep your body
hydrated. 70% of your body is made of water! If you become
dehydrated you will experience many negative side effects and put
converting excess protein into glucose the same as it does with stress on your internal organs. You goal is to drink at least one gallon
carbs (called gluconeogenesis). This will keep you out of ketosis and of water per day.
affect your energy levels. Try your hardest not to exceed your daily
protein requirement.

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WHAT FOODS
SHOULD YOU EAT
GETTING
ON CARB DAY BACK INTO
KETOSIS
You may eat fast digesting carbs (bad carbs) as long as you stay under
your daily carbohydrate limit. These include foods like: sugary drinks,
cereal, pancakes, pasta, sushi, candy, fruit, bagels, bread, baked potato,
pretzels, sorbet, etc.

Eating too many fast digesting carbs may cause you to experience
excessive water retention, bloating or inflammation, and low energy. If this Carb Day will temporarily knock you out of ketosis. Your goal is to get back into
happens, you should switch to using slow-digesting carbs (good carbs). ketosis quickly as possible. If you you aren’t able to get back into ketosis within
3 to 4 days after Carb Day then you should switch to good carbs instead of bad
Slow digesting carbs are complex, so they take your digestive system carbs. After your Carb Day is over you must recommit yourself, stay disciplined,
longer to breakdown and have less of an impact on blood sugar and insulin and keep moving forward with determination.
levels. They also have more nutritional value than fast digesting carbs. If
your primary goal is to lose weight it is highly recommended you stick to
eating ‘good carbs’ on your Carb Day.

Slow-digesting carbs include foods such as: brown rice, sweet potato,
quinoa, oatmeal, berries, and whole grains.

Another option is to start your day off with fast digesting carbs and move
into consuming slow digesting carbs as the day progresses, or vice versa.
You may also decide to stick primarily with good carbs, but allow yourself
one ‘cheat meal’ with bad carbs like pizza, pancakes, candy or ice cream.
Your decision should be made depending on how you feel and what your
instincts are telling you.

Carbs add up very quickly! It’s very important you use MyFitnessPal to
keep track of your daily carb intake.

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SETTING TRACKING
UP YOUR YOUR
MEAL PLAN CALORIES
You are provided with a Meal Plan Guide to give you direction on
what types of foods to include in your meals. Use your Meal Plan
Guide to create and customize your own meal plan based on your
personal calories and macros, and choose foods you enjoy. It is
& MACROS 
During the first few weeks of the Keto Cycle it is very important to
best to keep your meal plan simple during the first few weeks. You
track your daily calories and macros to ensure your success. The
can be creative and flexible once you get more comfortable with
diet is most likely new to you and you are going against everything
your new eating routine.
you have learned and done before. It is easy to fall into your old
habits and without knowing it you could make critical mistakes.
When you sit down to create your meal plan it helps to enter foods
into MyFitnessPal to get an idea of how many calories, fat, protein
By tracking your food intake you can easily troubleshoot when a
and carbs are in each meal. Keep experimenting with different
problem arises. For example, are you getting enough fat? Are you
foods and meals until you have a plan that works. You can use the
eating too much protein? Too many carbs? Are you getting enough
Keto Cycle Grocery List to help you pick foods.
sodium and potassium? Also, by actively logging and tracking your
food you are setting new patterns in your brain and holding yourself
Additionally, Keto Cycle shares healthy meal options and recipes
accountable. What gets measured gets managed.
on our social media pages. If you find a great recipe or meal that
you enjoy please share it with our community. We are all in this
together!

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YOUR HIGHEST
PRIORITIES
1. GET AS CLOSE as possible to your macro ratio

75% 20% 5%
HOW TO USE FAT PROTEIN CARBS

MYFITNESSPAL
2. DO NOT go over your daily carb limit
3. DO NOT go over your daily protein limit
4. DO NOT go under your daily fat requirement.
MyFitnessPal is a FREE app for iPhone and Android devices. It is a very Being slightly over on your fat intake is better than being under
convenient and effective way to track your daily calories and macros.

There are other apps and methods, but MyFitnessPal seems to be the
most accurate and has the largest food database. You can easily enter
foods using the barcode scanner, or type the name of the food in the
search field.
HOW ACCURATE DO
To view your daily calorie and macro breakdown click the ‘Nutrition’
button at the bottom of the ‘Diary’ page.
YOU NEED TO BE?
Your goal is to come close as possible to your calorie and macro goals,
Set your personal calorie and macro goals inside the app by following
these steps: but it’s very difficult to match your requirements exactly on the dot. Your
first few days of tracking can be frustrating. Stay patient, practice makes
Step 1: Go to the ‘Diary’ perfect!
Step 2: Scroll down and press the ‘Nutrition’ button
Step 3: Under the ‘Calories’ tab press the ‘Goal’ field
Step 4: Press the ‘Calories’ field and enter your goal At the end of each day you have an opportunity to troubleshoot and make
(press the checkmark) corrections for the next day. For example, if you have too many carbs you
Step 5: Press any of the macro fields to change your macro ratios can find which foods you are eating that are highest in carbs, and replace
Note: the macro breakdown pie chart does not factor in net carbs. To them with something different. Keep playing around with different foods
calculate net carbs, simply go to the ‘Nutrients’ tab and subtract total until you find what works. It’s a process and you will get better as you go
carbs from total fiber. along.

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DO YOU HAVE GROCERY
TO TRACK
FOREVER? SHOPPING
Your first trip to the grocery store is an interesting and shocking
Tracking your food is very important for the first few weeks, but it can experience. All the foods you were taught to avoid are now ending up
become cumbersome and hard to keep up with forever. After a few in your grocery cart. Stay on the outside perimeter of the grocery store
weeks you will discover what works for you and automatically know what since most processed and refined carbohydrates are located in the aisles.
When you are traveling through the grocery store focus on getting high
types of foods you should be eating, and what meals are best. At this point
fat foods, instead of focusing on avoiding carbs.
you can stop tracking your daily calories and macros.
You are used to buying leaner cuts of meat, avoiding dairy, and choosing
However, if you decide to stop tracking your food and experience a fat­free products. However, on the Keto Cycle it is important to select the
plateau or negative side effects then you need to immediately return to fattier cuts of meat and full fat dairy products. For example, steak, pork,
tracking your food so you can troubleshoot the problem. salmon and ground beef are much better than chicken and ground turkey.
Do not buy low­fat dairy products.

DOWNLOAD FOR FREE AT: Cheese and dairy are an excellent source of vitamins, protein and healthy
fat. Try new varieties of cheeses, and don’t be afraid of cottage cheese,
sour cream, butter and mayonnaise.
www.myfitnesspal.com/iphone
Foods labeled ‘low­fat or ‘reduced fat’ are actually worse for you. Food
companies remove the fat from the product and replace it with more
carbs! They have used ‘low fat’ marketing tactics for the past 30 years to
sell more products.
www.myfitnesspal.com/android
Finally, you may get ‘sticker shock’ as many healthy fats come at a high
price. This serves as evidence that the foods you are now eating are
indeed healthy. Carbs are cheap for a reason! One gram of fat has 9
calories and one gram of carbs has only 4 calories. So, technically you are
www.myfitnesspal.com/windows
getting a better value in terms of overall energy. Also, many food items
like coconut oil last a long time.

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HOW DO
Additionally, urinalysis ketone strip tests tend to range from
high to low throughout the day and readings can be affected
by several things. For example, your ketone readings will be
lower immediately after workouts, after eating a meal, and
after drinking large amounts of water.

YOU As long as your stick turns any shade of red you are
considered to be in ‘fat burning mode’. If your stick reads
negative, then you can troubleshoot your diet to determine

MEASURE
what you are doing wrong (i.e hidden carbs, too much protein,
not enough fat). Be patient and don’t get discouraged if you
have a negative reading.

KETONES
More accurate methods such as ketone breathalyzers
or ketone blood tests are available, but are much more
expensive compared to urinalysis tests.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU TEST?


Unlike glucose, ketones do not get stored inside your body. During the Keto Adaptation Phase you should test your
Your body uses the amount of ketones that are necessary and ketone level at the end of the first week. By this time your
flushes excess ketones out thru your urine and breath. You body is close to making the transition to burning fat as energy
can measure your level of ketones by purchasing ketone strip and most likely you will have trace amounts of ketones.
tests at your local pharmacy or grocery store. After urinating
on the end of the ketone strip you are shown the level of You should also test the days following your Carb Day to
ketones your body is producing. The darker the color the determine how long it takes you to get back into ketosis.
more ketones you are producing. This is extremely beneficial
It is important you don’t become obsessed with measuring
for keeping track of your progress and adds assurance that
your ketones. Measuring your ketones every day is not
your diet is working. necessary and will cause you to overanalyze and complicate
matters.

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MEAL
TIMING & HUNGER &
PORTIONS APPETITE
It is not necessary to During ketosis you will notice your appetite starting to go
be concerned with meal down, especially in the morning. Your body is now efficient
timing and portion control. at burning it’s own body fat as energy, and is no longer
You can simply eat when dependent on glucose for survival. When you were running
you are hungry, and portion on glucose your body sent you the signal to eat every time
your food according to your your blood sugar level went down. Now, your body can
appetite. Eating meals late at simply tap into your fat stores to produce the energy it
night is completely fine, as long needs.
as it fits into your calorie and
macro goals. Also, you can choose However, it is important not to go long periods of time
to eat small meals throughout the without eating. If you notice you haven’t eaten in a while,
day, or a few large meals. simply grab a snack or eat a small meal.

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MEAL PREP TIPS
EATING AT
Preparing your meals in advance is a great way to add convenience
and set yourself up for success. Meal prep is especially beneficial if
you work long hours, get short lunch breaks or travel for work. You
can designate a ‘meal prep day’ where you cook food in bulk and

RESTAURANTS
package meals for the week.

Ground beef, vegetables, hard boiled eggs and snacks can all be
prepared in advance. Use tupperware and insulated bags to store
and carry meals. Also, you can use a crock pot to cook large meals
at once. The challenge of sticking to your diet largely
depends on the type of restaurant you visit.
CAN YOU HAVE Obviously, going to an italian restaurant is going to be more
challenging than a steak and seafood restaurant. If you visit a

ALCOHOL? restaurant simply focus on avoiding carbs and go for the protein
and vegetables. For example, you can order a hamburger without
the bun, chicken or cobb salad, steak or chicken with vegetables,
etc. Also, you can ask your server to give you extra vegetables as
Unfortunately, alcohol is not allowed on Keto Days. Alcohol a side dish, instead of fries or bread.
completely impairs the use of fat by your body. Most alcohol is
produced using carbohydrates such as rice, barley, grapes and If you are eating with other people who aren’t following a diet you
potato. may notice an element of insecurity on their part. Your decision to
eat healthy naturally makes them feel like they are making unhealthy
However, you may have alcoholic beverages on Carb Day in decisions. Try your hardest not to make a point to them or make
moderation. Your best options are liquors such as: vodka, tequila, them feel guilty for their foods choices. Just focus on yourself and
whisky, rum, gin, scotch, brandy, cognac. live your own journey.

Alcohol has an increased effect when your body is in ketosis, so


be careful and use good judgement. If you feel you can’t have just a
few drinks then stay away from alcohol completely.

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MYOPLEX MYOPLEX
PROTEIN BLEND CREATINE
This premium combination of quick-digesting and slow-digesting proteins works Creatine Monohydrate is the most clinically
by providing muscle-building nutrition for up to a 6-hour time span. It is a unique studied form of creatine. Your body produces
combination of whey protein, egg protein, and casein. Having a positive muscle creatine, but when you add more to your diet,
protein balance at the end of the day allows you to build muscle. The 2 ways to you can increase your body’s ability to produce
achieve this are by increasing muscle protein synthesis and decreasing muscle energy rapidly. More energy means you can
protein breakdown. The Myoplex Protein Blend contains 3 unique ingredients train that much harder.
that do both. Each scoop contains 1.5g of HMB, which has scientifically been
proven to decrease muscle breakdown. 300mg of Phosphatidylserine (PS) is
added to decrease the catabolic effects of cortisol post-exercise. Additionally,
the Myoplex Protein Blend delivers 500mg of leucine, which is the most important
amino acid responsible for stimulating protein synthesis.

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MYOPLEX MYOPLEX
PRE-WORKOUT GLUTAMINE
Myoplex Pre-Workout is scientifically formulated L-Glutamine is an amino acid produced in the
to improve nitric oxide (N.O) levels and vasodilation muscles and plays an important role in muscle
via 2 separate pathways. The first is the oxygen- repair and immune function throughout your body.
independent pathway in which nitric oxide is formed You can lose a significant amount of glutamine
from the chemical reduction of nitrate, which is why during intense workouts. If it’s not replaced quickly,
Myoplex Pre-Workout contains 5g of beet root extract muscles may be broken down more rapidly. This
per serving as a natural source of nitrate. The second supplement helps maintain your glutamine levels
pathway is the oxygen-dependent pathway in which so you can quickly recover and continue making
ATP is used to increase vasodilation by stimulating lean muscle gains.
the production of nitric oxide by nitric oxide synthase
in your blood vessels. Myoplex Pre-Workout contains
200mg of ‘Peak ATP’ to stimulate the oxygen-
dependent pathway.t

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SUPPLEMENTS
THE
SCALE
Omega 3 & Fish Oil
Omega 3 fats are essential for cardiovascular health and brain
function. You can take an Omega 3 supplement during your
Keto Adaptation Phase, as well as on Keto Days and Carb
Days. Use the directions on the label.

Magnesium
The importance of Magnesium has been discussed The scale lies. There are several factors that determine the number
previously, and should be taken during your Keto you see on the scale, such as the time of the day, whether you
Adaptation Phase, as well as on Keto Days and have eaten prior, and how much water you’ve had.
Carb Days. Use the directions on the label.
Dieters who dramatically cut calories lose a significant amount of
Multivitamin muscle, which factors into their significant weight loss. The Keto
You may use a multivitamin of your Cycle is designed to maximize fat loss, keep energy levels high, and
choice to ensure you are getting proper preserve muscle. Your weight might not plummet like you expect
micronutrients, vitamins and minerals. it to, but you will still be burning body fat. Even if the scale doesn’t
Use the directions on the label. move much, you are still getting leaner and losing body fat. Take
notice of the difference in how your clothes fit, how you look in the
Fiber Supplements mirror and pictures, and most importantly how you feel.
You may use fiber supplements
to improve gut health and The scale is responsible for killing motivation and making you
bowel movement regulation. question everything you are doing. If the scale doesn’t show the
Use the directions on the number you are looking for you automatically get disappointed
label. and get negative thoughts and feelings. The scale is not your friend,
and it doesn’t determine your progress.

Progress pictures are a much better way of determining and


benchmarking your success. A picture tells a thousand words and
pictures don’t lie.
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PROGRESS
PICTURES
On the first day of the Keto Cycle you must take a ‘before picture’.
This picture will allow you to visually measure your progress as
you go along your journey. It’s important you take the picture in a
location that you can return to every week. Take a single picture
from the FRONT and a single picture from the BACK. You can take
a selfie, or have a friend take it for you. Stand relaxed and do not
flex.

You should monitor your progress by taking a progress picture


once every week. Also, it helps to wear the same clothing for each
progress picture. This will help show your results as the clothing fits
you differently as you go along your journey.

These pictures are for you, and only you! You can share them if
you want as a way to document your progress and encourage
other people. Don’t be embarrassed to take the picture! One day
you are going to look back at that picture and smile.

Each month, two individuals are selected as winners of the


‘Progress Prize’.

To be selected, please send your progress photos to


progress@ketocycle.com

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