There’s a delicious new way to jump-start a sluggish thyroid — one that works so well, women with stubborn weight gain and constant tiredness are suddenly high-energy and speeding off up to 17 pounds a week. The secret? Turbocharging a traditional keto diet with “fat bombs.”
The bite-size treats come in yummy candy flavors like nut fudge and almond joy, and each one is loaded with a perfect dose of fat-rich ingredients “to quickly shift hormonal balance in favor of reduced appetite, faster fat burning, and optimal thyroid function,” says Tennessee-based physician and keto guru Ken D. Berry, MD. Especially true for beginners, “fat bombs help amplify the benefits of a keto diet, so even people who have struggled to lose weight start getting impressive results without hunger.”
For anyone not familiar with the keto diet, here’s the gist: You switch from getting most of your calories from carbs to getting most of your calories from dietary fat. As carb intake drops, your body no longer produces enough blood sugar to fuel itself, so it begins turning stored fat into compounds called ketones. “Ketones become the primary fuel for most of your cells,” explains Dr. Berry, author of Lies My Doctor Told Me ($19.13, Amazon). Once that happens, “fat is burned almost constantly.”
Cutting carbs also helps eliminate problems with the belly-fattening hormone insulin. Another key: Keto eating helps heal damage to the body’s “metabolism gland.”
Why Thyroids Love Keto
The thyroid, a tiny gland in your throat, pumps out hormones crucial to regulating everything from mood and memory to breathing and heart rate. But it’s best known as the thermostat of your metabolism, determining how quickly you turn calories to energy.
“A typical high-carb diet causes chronic inflammation inside the body that triggers many health problems and is particularly hard on the thyroid,” notes Adam Nally, DO, author of The Keto Cure ($20.74, Amazon). And for the millions of us who’ve begun to develop problems with insulin function, “every time you eat carbs, you increase inflammation by up to 50 percent.”
This makes it harder and harder for the thyroid to function normally. Metabolism drops, energy crashes, and a host of other issues begin to crop up. Good news: “A keto diet removes sugar and processed carbs that drive inflammation, and on top of that, research shows that ketones have a strong anti-inflammatory effect,” says Dr. Nally. Going keto rejuvenates your thyroid!
New studies suggest many keto dieters misjudge their nutrient intake, getting too many carbs and just half the fat they need to stimulate the production of fat-destroying, thyroid-soothing ketones. That’s why keto experts prescribe fat bombs. Like a tasty supplement, “they deliver a concentrated dose of the healthy fats you need for maximum results on keto,” says Dr. Nally.
“My thyroid patients who use a keto diet can often cut their medication in half or come off it entirely in four to eight weeks.
Keto Fat Bomb Recipes to Try
The keto diet calls for about 70 percent of your calories from fat, 25 percent from protein, and 5 percent from carbs — which allows for roughly three servings of protein, 3 to 6 cups non-starchy veggies, and 3 generous servings of fat, plus an additional 3 to 4 fat bombs a day. To make tracking easy, use a free app like Carb Manager. As always, get a doctor’s okay to try any new plan. If you have or suspect a thyroid condition, talk to your doctor and follow his or her advice, as you may need prescription meds to protect your health.
Salted Peanut Fudge Bombs — Beat 2 sticks softened butter, 1⁄2 cup cocoa powder, 1⁄2 cup Swerve zero-carb sweetener, and 1 tsp. vanilla until smooth. Fold in 3⁄4 cup chopped cocktail peanuts. Spread in a small foil-lined pan; chill. Cut into 24 servings.
Coconut Joy Truffles — Mix together 6 Tbs. shredded coconut, 1⁄2 cup superfine almond flour, 1⁄4 cup melted coconut oil, 2 Tbs. Swerve, and 1⁄8 tsp. coconut extract. Chill until firm. Roll into 8 balls and dredge each in more coconut.
Berry Bliss Squares — In food processor, blitz 1 cup coconut butter, 1 cup coconut oil, 1⁄2 cup raspberries, 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla, 1 Tbs. lime juice, and Swerve to taste. Spread in a small foil-lined pan; chill until firm. Cut into 16 servings.
Cookie Dough Bites — Mix 1⁄2 cup coconut oil, 2 Tbs. Swerve, 1⁄4 tsp. vanilla, pinch kosher salt, 1 cup superfine almond flour and 1⁄4 cup Lily’s sugar-free chocolate chips until well combined. Roll into 10 balls; chill until firm.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.