I’m always asked about what I think about this or that diet, but if you know me or are familiar with any part of my business, then you know that I’m not a fan of ANY diet.
Mainly because the diet and fitness industry is broken and honestly, diets just don’t work.
Since I often get asked, I wanted to share my insight on different popular diets in this new series and for this blog, we’re starting with one of the most popular: The Keto Diet.
Before we dive into the nitty gritty, let’s first define what the Keto Diet is.
What is the Keto Diet?
The Keto Diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet that aims to put the body into a state of ketosis.
This metabolic state occurs when the body is deprived of carbohydrates and starts burning fat, instead of sugar for energy.
Our body has two main sources of energy, sugar (glucose) being the main one and fat being the secondary source. The aim of the Keto Diet is to utilize fat as the main source of energy instead of sugar that comes from carbohydrates.
Keto is actually very similar to the Atkins Diet that was created by physician and cardiologist Dr. Robert Coleman Atkins, whose cause of death (oddly enough) was allegedly due to him following the very diet he created.
Now that we know what Keto is, let’s talk about 3 reasons why I’m not a fan of following the keto diet.
The common denominator you’ll see in this series and a large part of why I’m not a fan of diets in general is that most diets are: too restrictive, puts you at risk for nutritional deficiencies, are unsustainable, and Keto is no different.
These are going to be the top 3 reasons I’m not a fan of ANY diet, with the points varying based on the particular diet, so let’s dive into each of these for the Keto diet.
#1 Too Restrictive
As with most diets, the keto diet is very limiting when it comes to what you can and can’t eat.
Most people think being restrictive of your food choices is the answer to weight-loss, but it’s not; it’s actually the opposite.
As I always say, “eat more, weigh less”. Obviously that’s dependent on what you’re eating.
Nonetheless, being too restrictive with your food options puts you at risk for a lot of negative health issues, which leads to my second reason why I’m not a fan of following the Keto diet.
#2 Nutritional Deficiencies
The Keto Diet severely restricts the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, which are typically rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
As a result, people following the Keto Diet may be at risk of nutrient deficiencies, particularly in vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and dietary fiber.
These deficiencies can lead to a range of health issues, including a weakened immune system, fatigue, and digestive problems.
Carbohydrates play a crucial role in serotonin production, a neurotransmitter/hormone that regulates mood, sleep, and appetite.
By severely limiting carbohydrates, the Keto Diet may contribute to feelings of irritability, mood swings, and even depression in some people.
Some individuals may even experience side effects such as the “keto flu,” which can include symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and nausea, and this is due to the immune system being suppressed by the lack of nutrients, particularly those found in fruits and veggies.
Again, as with any other diet, the Keto Diet is certainly challenging to sustain in the long run.
The strict limitations on carbohydrate intake can make it socially isolating and restrict dining out options with friends and family.
Many people find it difficult to maintain the required level of discipline and may eventually revert to old eating habits, leading to regaining the weight and other potential health complications.
Fun fact: 95% of people who go on a diet gain the weight back, plus more!
Just another reason why I’m not a fan of diets.
While the Keto Diet may lead to short-term weight loss, studies have shown that it may also increase the risk of heart disease and clogged arteries in the long run due to the high intake of saturated fats and foods high in cholesterol like bacon, butter and cheeseburgers.
As much as you would like to think, it’s not realistic or sustainable to eat cheeseburgers and bacon for the rest of your life.
These dietary choices can raise your levels of LDL cholesterol, commonly known as “bad” cholesterol, which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
The Keto Diet has also been shown to cause hormonal and mental health imbalances in some people.
When you combine the 3 factors I’ve listed above, the Keto diet doesn’t set you up for long-term success and puts you at risk for developing unhealthy eating habits that result in an unhealthy relationship with food, causing you to be afraid of the very food you should be eating to get and stay healthy.
At the end of the day, the Keto diet is just like any other diet, that is an unrealistic and unsustainable way of eating and puts you at risk of developing other health issues than what you originally started with.
You can reach the same desired metabolic state by simply practicing the ancient practice of fasting…but doing so properly.
If you’re new to the practice of fasting or not sure if you’re doing it right, make sure you check out the difference between fasting and skipping meals (because I hate to break it to ya, they’re not the same).
Remember, a more balanced and holistic approach to nutrition is key to long-term health and success.
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Health & Happiness,