Plant Based Ketogenic Diet for Cancer


Protein Requirements

It is very important to look at overall protein consumption on a ketogenic diet.  If we overconsume protein it can convert into glucose and stimulate insulin levels.   The rule to follow is generally about 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight. So, for a 160 lb individual:

Divide by 2.2 lb/kg to calculate your bodyweight in kg:

160/2.2 = 73 (and this would be your daily protein requirement)

This is going to be adequate for an individual who is fairly inactive. For someone who is looking to put on muscle and is very active, this number can be increased to between 100-120 grams of protein on training days, which would be about 1.3-1.6 grams of protein per kg.

Low Protein Plant Based Keto Diet For Cancer

On a cancer healing nutrition plan, we want to reduce our protein consumption more so than if we are an active and healthy individual or someone dealing with an autoimmune condition as opposed to cancer.  This has to do with overstimulating the mTOR pathway and IGF-1 which are often hyperactive and stimulating out of control cell reproduction processes.


Staying around 0.5 g/Kg can be therapeutic for reducing mTOR and IGF-1 expression. To put that into perspective, a 150 lb person would only consume 34 g/protein daily.   If you are simply having problems with staying full, then hydrating better throughout the day and increasing fat intake and overall vegetable content to increase fiber with meals will be the place to focus.

Along with a low protein, plant based keto plan I recommend using intermittent and extended day fasting is highly recommended to slow down mTOR and IGF-1 expression, stabilize the P53 gene and improve AMP-K expression.

Top Cancer Fighting Foods

While following a plant-based ketogenic diet may seem relatively straight-forward, there are specific plant-based foods that have powerful anticancer effects. Below are some of my top recommendations for cancer fighting plant foods as well as select animal products that provide their own unique cancer fighting benefits.


Allium vegetables such as garlic and onions contain naturally occurring glutathione as well as allicin and selenium. All of these act as powerful antioxidants in the body which may make alliums an important cancer fighting food (6).

Alliums have a protective effect over the p53 gene which helps to maintain the body’s ability to detect and eradicate defective cells before they develop into cancerous growths.

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