You’re on the go, or it’s not quite time for your next meal, but you’re feeling hungry and low in energy. What do you do?
If you’re like many others, you reach for a snack bar. The problem is, many of today’s bars are no more than dressed-up candy bars or sugar bombs in disguise. They contain…
Too many added sugars or refined carbohydrates.
Too much protein – often from undesirable sources.
Too many ultra-processed ingredients instead of whole foods.
Not enough fiber from healthy sources.
The wrong kinds of fats.
Especially if you’re watching your carbs or following a ketogenic diet, you have few truly healthy choices.
When you make the effort to convert your body over to burning fat for fuel, like what happens when you restrict carbohydrates, the last thing you want to do is spoil all the progress you’ve made, just because you’re hungry and in a hurry.
But first… let’s ask the question to see how much this matters for you. What’s your level of metabolic fitness?
Are You Metabolically Fit?
What’s your level of metabolic fitness, and exactly how important is it for you to limit carbs and help your body burn fat for fuel?
A simple – and reliable – way to find out your level of metabolic fitness is to compute your waist-to-hip ratio.
To determine your ratio, take two measurements: your waist at its smallest point and your hips at the widest part of your backside. Be sure to take two readings at each point to ensure accuracy. Then, divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement.
The chart below shows the “ideal” measurement for metabolic fitness. If this is where you fall, congratulations. Maintaining this optimal ratio into the future may help you avoid an increased risk of potentially serious metabolic issues.
If your waist-to-hip ratio is above ideal, your risk for future issues may be elevated, depending on if it is low, moderate or high.
||0.95 or less
||0.8 or less
||0.96 to 0.99
||0.81 to 0.84
||1.0 or more
||0.85 or more
If you are at an increased risk, I encourage you to limit your carbohydrates and sugars, and consider following a ketogenic diet so your body can learn to burn fat – instead of sugar – for energy.
Why You Don’t Want to Fuel Your Body with Carbs
When you eat a typical Westernized diet, high in carbs, you fuel your body primarily with glucose.
Compared to ketones, or the substances that your body makes when you restrict your intake of carbs and sugars, glucose is “dirty” fuel that can cause unnecessary and harmful free radical damage to your cells.
Here’s something that many people don’t realize about using glucose to fuel their energy needs…
It severely impairs your body’s ability to burn body fat.
And it contributes to insulin and leptin resistance, meaning your cells lose their ability to effectively respond to insulin. You may also lose your sense of knowing when you’re full, which can easily lead to overeating.
With insulin and leptin resistance, you develop metabolic dysfunction, especially with your mitochondria, that can lead to belly fat.
Not only is belly fat unsightly, it’s made up of unhealthy deposits of fat that create a toxic environment for your organs.
Insulin and leptin resistance make your body hold on to fat, triggering a cascade of inflammatory and cellular damage, which leads to faster aging and the development of chronic disease.
No wonder so many people struggle with weight issues and health concerns that just won’t go away…
Fat-Burning Creates Profound Changes in Your Body That You May Not See Right Away
No doubt you’ve heard about ketogenic diets. Perhaps you’ve even thought about trying one yourself – or already have.
If you’re struggling with weight or any other chronic health issue, I firmly believe you can benefit from taking control of your intake of sugars and carbs – and using high-quality fats to fuel your body instead of glucose.
Your body was designed to run more efficiently on fats than on carbs, so when you successfully shift over to what’s called nutritional ketosis, you optimize your mitochondrial function and your body’s ability to burn body fat.
Mounting research suggests nutritional ketosis – or the burning of fat for fuel – may be the answer to a long list of health concerns.
And, those changes may start with your cells’ mitochondria…
Your mitochondria are one of, if not the most important component of your cells. They supply over 90% of your body’s energy needs by converting the food you eat and the air you breathe into usable energy.
Most of your cells contain hundreds of them – some even contain thousands, especially your body’s high energy-demanding muscle, heart and brain cells.
Here’s what’s vital for you to know: As you age, your body produces fewer mitochondria.
And when you burn carbs for fuel, your cells’ mitochondria suffer more damage from free radicals caused by reactive oxygen species, or ROS.
When a significant percentage of your mitochondria stop functioning properly, your health can falter and leave you vulnerable to chronic disease.
Clearly, to optimize your health, you want to do everything possible to help repair and boost your mitochondrial health. Diet is one of your most important tools…
Regaining Your Body’s Fat-Burning Ability for Health and Well-Being
I’m passionate about teaching individuals how to support their mitochondrial health by helping them regain the ability to burn fat as their primary fuel.
Most all of our ancient ancestors were able to switch from burning glucose to burning fat for their body’s energy with ease, simply because they ate limited sugar and carbohydrates, and greater amounts of quality fat.
Plus, they intermittently fasted, or went long stretches without eating anything, and as a result, burned fats as their primary fuel.
Unlike our ancestors, most of us have become accustomed to eating a high-sugar, high-carb diet. As a result, we’ve lost our ability to switch effortlessly from burning glucose to burning fat for fuel.
And, if you’re like the majority of adults, your health – especially your metabolic health – has suffered as a result.
When you burn fat for fuel on a regular basis instead of glucose like you’re doing now, many positive changes can start to happen in your body, including:
You turn on your body’s ability to burn body fat.
Your cravings for sugar and carbs fade away.
Your metabolism runs more efficiently.
You enjoy long-lasting energy and stamina.
Your brain functions more efficiently and you feel sharper mentally.
Your cellular health and inflammatory response improve throughout your body.
It’s All About Net Carbs
What’s at heart here is the excessive intake of carbohydrates that contain no fiber, or something we refer to as net carbs.
To take control of this health-compromising situation, I recommend that while shifting over to fat burning, you take an especially close look at net carbs…
While I often stress the importance of reading and understanding labels on food products, what you see for carbohydrates can be confusing.
“Net carbs” is a key piece of information you want from a label when you want to burn fat to fuel your body, or maintain ketosis. That is, digestible net carbs or carbs minus the fiber and sugar alcohols.
But you won’t find that number on the label. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires labels list the number of grams of total carbohydrate that includes fiber and sugar alcohols.
So, you have to do your own calculations…
To get the net carb value for a food, such as a raw apple, you would subtract the 3 grams of fiber from the 15 grams of total carbohydrates.
In this example, you get a net carb value of 12 grams. There are 12 grams of digestible carbohydrates in this apple sample because the fiber content doesn’t count.
Because fiber and many sugar alcohols don’t affect your blood glucose the same way as sugars, their values aren’t typically used when calculating net carbs. They are subtracted in the calculation of net carbs.
Bottom line, a food with little or no fiber contains more digestible carbohydrates that you want to avoid when shifting over to fat burning.
Why You Want Fiber – And Lots of It
Sourced from plants, fiber supports your health in a number of ways:
Helps keep you regular
Nourishes your healthy gut bacteria, which in turn supports immune function and brain health
Supports healthy normal cholesterol and blood sugar levels
Slows down your digestion and makes you feel fuller longer, so you’re likely to eat less
Supports your body’s detoxification processes
Helps reduce the absorption of carbohydrates
“Scrubs” the lining of your colon to aid in the removal of wastes
Researchers have found that a diet high in fiber is associated with a lower risk of premature death from any cause.
There are two types of fiber – soluble and insoluble, and both are valuable for your health. Many high-fiber whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts contain both types.
Soluble fiber absorbs water and turns into a gel-like mass in your gut, and helps slow down your digestion. This type of fiber ferments in your gut and nourishes your healthy gut bacteria.
Sources include nuts, seeds, berries, beans, apples and cucumbers.
Insoluble fiber is the type of fiber found in leafy vegetables, celery and green beans. This type of fiber doesn’t break down during digestion, but rather, binds to toxins and aids in their removal.
Here’s a fascinating way that both types of fiber can work together to support your gut: Insoluble fiber forms a latticework in your intestine and the soluble fiber plugs the holes.
Because fiber is so important for optimal health, I recommend getting at least 35 grams of fiber from whole foods each day – the more, the better. I personally consume about 75 grams per day.
How Too Much Protein Can Work Against You
Too much sugar and too much protein can be a prescription for metabolic disaster in your body. Either can make it challenging to reach and maintain a state of nutritional ketosis.
There’s also another concern with eating too much protein that many people don’t know about.
And that’s mTOR.
Too high of protein levels can activate what many experts believe to be your body’s most important signaling pathway – mTOR, or mechanistic target of rapamycin.
Strategically activating mTOR is an advanced technique, reserved mostly for body builders and those who have achieved ketosis and are cycling stimulating mTOR during strength training sessions to preserve muscle mass.
For the rest of us just seeking to support our health or achieve the state of nutritional ketosis, or for those not on strategic strength training days, activating the mTOR pathway creates a dangerous metabolic scenario for mitochondrial health – and can even speed up the aging process.
Researchers have discovered that lower-protein diets actually improve mitochondrial function and inhibit mTOR.
Most people get more than enough protein from the foods they eat, so it’s not necessary to load up on high-protein snack bars.
Biothin™ Keto Snack Bars for Your Ketogenic Lifestyle
Following stringent criteria, my team and I took over a year and nearly 17 revisions to create the ideal snack bar that offers the ideal nutritional profile to support ketosis and keep you in fat-burning mode.
Combing high-quality, whole-food ingredients, including a generous dose of fiber, Biothin™ Keto Snack Bars are moist, chewy bars with a freshly homemade, sure to satisfy hunger longer.
These keto-friendly bare are completely free of any harmful additives or artificial ingredients and:
Contain only 4 or 5 grams of net carbs, depending on flavor.
Provide 15 grams of fiber per bar.
Contain 11 grams of quality fats, including MCT oil, which provide 68% of the bars’ energy.
Include 11 organic, top-quality plant ingredients.
Provide an intentionally low 3 grams of protein from organic nuts and seeds.
I am convinced these are the healthiest and best-tasting bars on the market. Everyone who samples them tells us the same thing – and no one can believe they have five or less grams of net carbs.
Available in two delicious flavors, Chocolate Covered Blueberry with Pecans and Double Chocolate with Macadamias, Biothin™ Keto Snack Bars are truly revolutionary, providing cellular energy by using ketones as a source of energy instead of carbs.
With a Wide Array of Healthy Ingredients, You’ll Love the Taste and Texture of Our Energizing Snack Bars
I knew the taste and texture of our Biothin™ Keto Snack Bars had to be exceptional. There’s nothing appetizing about a dry, tasteless bar.
So that’s why we formulated these moist and chewy bars with the finest organic ingredients available, including…
Organic Almond Butter from organic dry roasted almonds for flavor and mouth-pleasing texture.
Organic Whole Blonde Psyllium Husks for soluble and insoluble fiber.
Organic Coconut and Coconut Butter for flavor, fiber and quality fat.
Organic Pecans and Macadamia Nuts for flavor and quality fat.
Organic Pumpkin Seeds for fiber, nutrients and a delightful crunch.
Organic Chia Seeds and Hemp Seeds for texture, fiber and nutrition.
Organic Blueberries for their antioxidants and pleasing fruit taste.
Organic Cacao Nibs for the nutritional benefits of superfood dark chocolate.
Organic Cocoa Powder for delicious flavor.
Organic Black Sesame and Black Cumin Seeds for their abundance of beneficial bioactive compounds such as flavonoids and high-quality essential fatty acids.
Caprylic Acid (C8) MCT Oil for healthful brain-energizing benefits (not just any MCT oil, but with 95% caprylic acid - my favorite oil for ketosis).
To ensure that our Biothin™ Keto Snack Bars would have a minimal effect on your insulin and leptin levels, we formulated the bars with low-calorie plant sweeteners like stevia leaf and lyceum fruit extracts to provide just the right amount of sweetness.
Best of all, these bars contain no artificial sweeteners, additives or GMOs.
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Take Control of Your Metabolic and Mitochondrial Health Today with Biothin™ Keto Snack Bars
Offering on-the-go, plant-powered nutrition, Biothin™ Keto Snack Bars add quality fats and fiber to your diet, so you can feel energized while satisfying hunger for longer.
These wholesome, deliciously chewy bars are keto friendly and made using only real, superfood ingredients, like almond butter, coconut, pumpkin seeds, chia and black sesame seeds, and MCT oil – without artificial sweeteners, soy, gluten or GMOs.
Trading fat for fuel has never been simpler with a nourishing snack bar you can trust.
With as little as 4 or 5 grams of net carbs depending on the bar, Biothin™ Keto Snack Bars are ideal for:
Anyone wanting to optimize mitochondrial function and cellular health.
Travel or a busy lifestyle when you want a quick and healthy snack.
Transitioning into ketosis or maintaining your ketogenic diet.
Any eating plan that calls for low net carbs and quality fats.
Supplementing your diet with quality fat sources for lasting energy.
We’ve set the standard with Biothin™ Keto Snack Bars. Now, you can take advantage of our due diligence in creating a delightfully moist and chewy snack bar that works for your metabolic health instead of against it, like so many other bars.
Order Biothin™ Keto Snack Bars today – in your choice of two delicious flavors: Double Chocolate with Macadamias and Chocolate Covered Blueberry with Pecans – and be pleasantly surprised at how delicious healthy eating can truly be.