Intro to Strict Ketosis, Keto Running, and an Interview with Ken Niemimaa

February 2, 2018

Month two of a deep dive into the keto diet kicks off with a look at going into strict ketosis – eating under 25 grams of carbs a day, increasing quality fat intake, and getting in lots of greens. In conjunction with entering ketosis for the month, the guys talk about how to kick off a month of running while in ketosis, and the unique challenges keto running presents. Why a month of running? Because Alex and Rick welcome their first guest to the show – ultra runner Ken Niemimaa who joins The Paul Project to talk about his 11th annual February (Run Every Day) Challenge, where he challenges people to pick a distance and then get outside for 28 days in a row to run it! #noyimmyyammy

Some of the topics discussed:

  • What’s the February (Run Every Day) Challenge and how do you take part?
  • Is the keto diet complicated?
  • What can a runner expect while in ketosis?
  • How can you get your kids involved in helping you eat keto?
  • What’s a keto flu, how long does it last, and why does it happen?
  • Is fasting necessary on keto?
  • How can you manage eating at a restaurant while in ketosis?
  • Why does Rick run in the winter with no pants on?


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Looking for some specific highlights? Fast-forward to the following timestamps:

  • February’s kickoff on strict ketosis begins (2:30)
  • February’s strict ketosis consumption guidelines (3:30)
  • Guidelines to running in ketosis (5:48)
  • What to expect in the first week of going keto (9:55)
  • Q&A: The keto diet seems too complicated (13:34)
  • Q&A: Do you just cut carbs and eat more fat & protein? (22:36)
  • Q&A: Do you have to fast? (24:55)
  • Q&A: How are you supposed to eat at a restaurant? (27:45)
  • Ken Niemimaa of the February (Run Every Day) Challenge calls in (31:45)


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