The world has gone crazy for the keto diet — a low-carb, high-fat approach credited with helping folks whisk off up to 100 pounds in 100 days while eating truly decadent foods. Can it get better than that?
Yes! Top natural-health expert Josh Axe, DNM, CNS, has created an anti-inflammatory version of the plan “that’s like super keto,” he promises. “You lose weight, often very quickly, while simultaneously transforming your overall health.” So instead of feeling drained and deprived as you slim, you feel vibrant and satisfied. “So many women tell me their results are beyond what they dreamed was possible!”
Normally, your body turns carbs into blood sugar to burn as its main fuel. “On a keto diet, you restrict carbs, taking blood sugar out of the equation,” says Dr. Axe, author of Keto Diet ($16.80, Amazon). “Instead, you begin turning dietary and stored fat into compounds called ketones that become your main fuel.” Producing ketones drains fat cells and suppresses cravings, so flab melts away fast. Read on to find out how Dr. Axe takes it to the next level.
The Super Keto Secret
Dr. Axe started experimenting with the keto diet 13 years ago, as his mother, Winona, struggled with weight gain and low energy during a battle with cancer. She responded so well — losing 22 pounds, reversing her fatigue, and eventually going into remission — that Dr. Axe began making it part of his treatment for many patients.
Dr. Axe has found that the more healing nutrients a keto dieter gets, the better her results. And that’s especially true of collagen. “It’s the most important nutrient people are missing,” he says. Turns out, collagen — the “glue” that holds all our tissue and bones together — is crucial to repairing any damage to our cells, so we end up in optimal condition.
A slimming bonus: According to functional medicine expert Amy Myers, MD, collagen bolsters key weight-control mechanisms in our bodies, “helping turn us into fat-burning machines.” Dr. Axe notes that our bodies can make their own collagen, but production declines with age. Plus, most of us need more than we get. “Bone broth is the number one collagen food,” he says. “You can also add collagen powder to everything from smoothies to tuna salad. It’s a very easy way to maximize your results on keto.”
Boost Burn Even More
Reducing inflammation is another go-to super keto strategy. “Easing inflammation helps every cell and system function better,” explains Dr. Axe, who has his keto dieters emphasize food highest in anti-inflammatory nutrients: brightly colored veggies, high-quality protein (particularly omega-3–rich eggs and seafood), and high-quality fats (especially avocado and coconut oil).
You’ll go heavy on herbs and spices. “Options like turmeric and cinnamon are actually even more nutrient-dense than vegetables. They’re nature’s most potent anti-inflammatories — and they naturally rev metabolism too.”
What you don’t eat is equally important. Avoid low-carb junk like processed meat, highly processed vegetable oil, artificial sweeteners and anything with many weird ingredients. Dr. Axe recommends avoiding dairy from cow’s milk too since it can be inflammatory for many.
“The more steps you take to reduce inflammation in your body, the more incredible you’ll feel,” he promises. “Fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, poor immunity — they all tend to disappear.” And so do up to 36 pounds a month!
To boost her keto results, Julie Chapek, 33, tested Dr. Axe’s tricks. “Eating unprocessed keto food, I have fewer cravings and more energy. I even sleep better!” She’s losing weight briskly — up to 17 pounds every two weeks.
Then there’s crazy-busy single parent Ursula Zamora. She incorporated Dr. Axe’s super keto strategies slowly, yet the payoff has still been fast and huge. “I’m down 104 pounds in less than a year,” says the New York mom, 46. “At one point, I hit a plateau. But just by drinking pitchers of low-carb lemonade with collagen, I was losing again. I used to get so bored, hungry, and discouraged on other diets. But that never happens on this one!”
Super Keto Diet Meal Plan
Dr. Axe recommends high-quality, nutrient-dense ingredients with about 75 percent of your calories from fat, 20 percent from protein, and five percent from carbs. To skip diet math, fill 1⁄3 of your plate with fat, 1⁄3 with protein, and 1⁄3 with veggies. Also include 1⁄2 cup of berries, 1⁄4 cup of beans, and at least 1 serving of bone broth or collagen daily. Find Dr. Axe’s favorite collagen and other powerful Ancient Nutrition brand keto supplements at Store.DrAxe.com. As always, get a doctor’s okay to try any new diet plan.
Super Keto Sample Menu
Breakfast: Super Muffins — Mix 12 eggs, 10 oz. spinach, 1⁄2 cup almond milk, 1⁄2 cup goat cheese, 2 Tbsp. collagen and salt. Bake in muffin tin at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Makes 6 servings.
Lunch: Tuna Salad — Mix 5 oz. tuna, 1⁄4 cup avocado-oil mayo, half a diced bell pepper, 1 Tbsp. collagen, Dijon mustard, and seasoning to taste. Serve over salad.
Snack: Nut Bombs — Melt 1⁄2 cup each nut butter and coconut oil. Add 15 drops stevia, 2 tsp. vanilla, and 2 Tbsp. cocoa. Freeze in a candy mold. Makes 12 servings.
Dinner: Keto Kebabs — Marinate 5 oz. chicken cubes and 2 cups veggies chunks in olive oil and spices. Thread on skewers and grill until chicken cooks through.
Takeout-style Beef & Broccoli Keto Recipe
Dr. Axe’s ultra-healthy version of this take-out classic will be waiting in the slow cooker at dinnertime!
- 1⁄4 cup coconut aminos
- 2 Tbsp. white wine
- 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. ghee
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1⁄2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 lb. beef rib-eye, in strips
- 1 head broccoli, in pieces
- 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
Makes 2 servings.
- In slow cooker, whisk coconut aminos (a gluten-free soy sauce alternative), wine, vinegar, ghee, coconut oil, garlic, and red pepper.
- Stir in beef until coated. Cover and cook on low six to eight hours.
- Add broccoli an hour before serving. Garnish with sesame.
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