“So, for me, it was kind of liberating that once you’re in ketosis you’re not that hungry. And then, in the context of elevated ketones, they’re sort of anti-catabolic, and I talked about that a little bit. And, it liberated me from food. But when I… I like to enjoy food; I think food should be- I don’t think we should deprive ourselves of food. So, depriving myself of carbohydrates, that’s not something that I miss. So, and if people really miss that and enjoy that, I don’t think they should eliminate it from their menu or their meals. I think we need to enjoy food, that’s part of the process. But I enjoy food much more if I’m a little bit hungry. I appreciate the food, I enjoy it. Ketogenic food is like indulgent to me because for years that’s the stuff I avoided. So, I’m more happy with my food now than I ever was, I think. And I don’t have irrational food behavior.” - Dominic D’Agostino
Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and a senior research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.
With a diverse background in neuroscience, pharmacology, nutrition and physiology, Dom brings a unique perspective to the ketogenic diet. He believes it can be applied not just in treating medical conditions but also in contributing to overall health and optimizing human performance.
The findings from his research on nutritional ketosis have been utilized by Navy SEALs and NASA, and he recently has been at the forefront of research involving the use of nutritional ketosis as a tool to treat cancer.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Dom at the 2019 CrossFit Health Conference in Madison, where he presented on the emerging applications of ketosis. We talked about the basics of the ketogenic diet, how it can fit into the everyday person’s lifestyle, and the exciting research he’s conducting to learn more about using metabolic therapies in the treatment of cancer.
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