Hi, My names Aaron, and I’m the founder of FatForWeightLoss.
I recently embarked on a Keto on $2 A Day challenge that enabled me to highlight some key concepts for the ketogenic community. Poverty, and the Ketogenic Diet.
The challenge I set out to accomplish over the duration of the challenge (5 days) was to be able to eat a ketogenic diet in Australia for $2 a day, “Keto on $2 A Day”.
According to the ACOSS, over 3 million people are living in poverty in Australia, 731,000 of those figures are children. This highlights that over 17% of Australian citizens often don’t have much money to spend on utilities and expenses, let alone food.
Poverty can be measured in many different ways. Generally, income or wealth are key measurements, but also by looking at “essential items” people are missing out on via their lack of income. An example of this would be spending income on housing and utilities, instead of food, or also known as ‘deprivation’.
In Australia, The poverty line is measured by anyone living below 50% of the median household income, which as of 2016 equated to $400 per week for a single adult.
So by the time rent, electricity, gas and other utilities are paid for, it generally doesn’t leave much for food.
The Keto on $2 A Day Argument
My argument that I’m trying to showcase is that if you would benefit from being on a ketogenic diet for therapeutic purposes, (Alzheimer’s, reversing the effects of diabetes, or potential cancer treatments), that you could easily reach the therapeutic level of ketones (between 3 and 6mmol/L) on $2 a day, without compromising too much on caloric intake.
I’m not trying to say that you should stop what you’re doing right now and switch to only eating $2 a day. I’m only showcasing that it is possible to get into ketosis for $2 a day, regardless of the cost.
The ketogenic diet does not have to be expensive. In fact quite the opposite. I would argue that If you spent $10 for 5 days on cheap white bread, peanut butter and carrot sticks that you’d find the ketogenic diet would be cheaper- Calorie vs Calorie.
12 Large Eggs
500ml Olive oil (17 f.oz)
400ml Coconut Cream (13.5 f.oz)
180g Bacon (6.34) – 2 Slices
- Preheat oven to 180C (355F)
- Cook the 2 slices of bacon in a pan until crispy.
- Dice bacon and put aside.
- Whisk all of the eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add the coconut cream and Olive oil.
- Line a large baking tin with greaseproof paper. Pour the egg mixture into the baking tin.
- Place the diced bacon around evenly throughout the mixture.
- Cook for 30 mins or until slightly golden on top.
- Remove from baking tray and slice into 15 portions.
So, What Were The Results?
So I am 195cm tall (6f 5″) and 85.7kgs before starting the challenge.
Over the 5 Days, I lost a total of 1 kgs (2.2 pounds)
Going from 85.7 to 84.7.
Keep in mind, for a person my size and weight, I should have been eating around 2600 calories.
Instead, I was eating 1300 calories, which is a 50% reduction. Water loss and reduced calories could definitely be a contributing factor to this, but this trend wouldn’t necessarily continue downwards, and I don’t recommend this as a viable way to lose weight.
Day 1: 0.8mmol/L
Day 2: 1.8mmol/L
Day 3: 3.8mmol/L
Day 4: 4.8mmol/L
Day 5: 5.2mmol/L
Here is a chart that outlines the levels of ketones for reference:
Improved Athletic Performance / Weightloss:
Improved Mental Performance:
1.5mmol/L – 3mmol/L
3mmol/L – 6mmol/L
So what exactly does therapeutic ketosis mean?
Therapeutic ketosis would be to manage the following items:
Good Scientific Evidence
- Diabetes mellitus
- Weight loss
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- GERD and heartburn
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
There is also reasonable evidence to prove the following:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Schizophrenia, bipolar and other mental illnesses
- Narcolepsy and other sleep disorders
- Exercise performance
Emerging areas that require further investigation
- Chronic pain
- Traumatic brain injury
- Gum disease and tooth decay
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Multiple sclerosis (MS) and Huntington’s disease
- Kidney disease
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
- Alopecia and hair loss
- GLUT1 deficiency syndrome
I’ve included the videos below on my findings. If you’re short for time, watch Video 1 (start) and Video 5 (results).