Oct 31, 2018
Tyler Cartwright, founding member of Ketogains, LLC (ketogains.com), shares his incredible journey back to good health and fitness, and the many ways that his keto-focused company can help people reach their fitness and health goals more efficiently. Cartwright is walking proof of the benefits that are available through the Ketogains’ methods for he began his path back to good health at 505 pounds. Together with the support of his wife who had reached 300 pounds herself, they have found success over the past decade, both having reduced their weight significantly through diet and exercise. Cartwright has successfully stayed within 10 pounds of his current weight of 205 pounds and his wife, now down to only 160 pounds, has maintained her new weight for several years thus far.
Cartwright discusses the origins of the ketogenic diet. He and his Ketogains’ partners observed that while keto was not a new concept, as weightlifters and bodybuilders have long been using it to cut weight and meet goals, it was not, however, is properly introduced as a means to better health and fitness for the non-athlete. He delves into the various diets, from paleo to keto, vegan to vegetarian, and discusses their individual merits, frameworks, and strategies to success. Additionally, he discusses micronutrients, the advantages of taking in a sufficient amount of protein, and the benefits of chewing and digestion. And he explains how many have misinterpreted the ketogenic diet, making the assumption that keto means ‘eat as much as you want’ when it simply does not, for as he states, caloric intake still matters.
As the Ketogains team acknowledges, ketosis is a healthy side effect of their general macro and micro recommendations, but it is not the goal. Ketogains is a unified community-driven exploration of the path to physical excellence through ketosis. The team at Ketogains states that a ketogenic diet can assist most anyone to achieve personal goals of better health; increased endurance, strength, or speed; an increase of muscle mass; or the goal of simply sculpting a leaner body. It is an evidence-based path towards one’s ideal body recomposition.
Simply explained, a ketogenic diet is one that causes ketone bodies to be produced by the liver, that then shifts the body’s metabolism away from glucose and on towards fat utilization. He stresses the importance of energy balance and calories, in coordination with a successful ketogenic diet. He discusses the challenges of rapid weight loss that sometimes perplex people after they feel like they have plateaued, but have often become, perhaps unknowingly, more sedentary. Cartwright explains the methods he and his team use to help those who find themselves gaining weight again, in spite of their efforts to do the right thing in regard to diet and exercise. He states that at this point they begin to look very carefully at exactly what someone is eating, down to the details such as how much is being consumed, their micronutrients, clinical diagnosis, as well as genetic or metabolic factors. Additionally, he discusses various products and supplements, insulin levels, and exogenous ketones. He also discusses ketone esters and their new popularity in the market. He cautions however that exogenous ketones are not a successful way to lose weight, but that successful weight loss is more often through hormonal balancing and caloric intake.
Cartwright’s career focus, which he is passionate about, is in working with clients who seek to change their lifestyle, behavior, and the nagging mental impasses that stand in the way of their success. Cartwright has experience working in bootcamp environments and individually with those just starting their journey, as well as others who have had some success and want to go further, and also those who feel they need to change what they are doing altogether, to find a new approach. He is keenly interested in biochemistry and bioenergetic factors, as well as the psychology of change and non-surgical fat loss through various methods including the ketogenic diet. Cartwright is recognized as a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition (SFN), a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT), and a Specialist in Bodybuilding (SB) by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA).