I’m about to ruffle some feathers but hey, ya know what? It’s probably what I do best sometimes so here we go. Here’s the big question: is the Keto diet bad? Is it something that can line up with a healthy life that is sustainable?
While I am absolutely not a doctor or nutritionist I have formed my opinion based on research of experts and a touch of common sense. The outcome of that research is what you are about to read.
I’ll be honest, this small rant has come up after watching well known fitness women on Instagram have adverse side effects to this diet and yet, they still promote the diet as a good thing. Not only is it promoted as a good thing, it is often assigned in meal plans by well known online fitness trainers.
Having been through a significant weight loss journey myself and now being in the maintenance phase, I know exactly what it takes to lose weight and an extreme diet is not required. It takes hard work and real food that is balanced between your workouts and training schedule.
Eating is not about what you exclude from your diet, it’s about what you include.
I can guess what you’re thinking…
But Amber, I am really wanting to lose these 15 pounds and I want it done quickly.
Believe me when I say, I 100% get it. When it was time for me to lose the weight after I had my son I wanted something fast, and I wanted a miracle. I had over 60 pounds to lose and I was ready to get back to normal.
I quickly learned that there is no such thing as a magic pill or an ‘amazing drink to melt the fat’. The only magic pill is you, your determination, and the hard work you are willing to put in.
To be honest, you might be surprised at how fast the weight comes off when you’re willing to do the hard work and eat real food. My weight loss took around a year.
But what exactly is the Ketogenic Diet and is the Keto Diet Bad for You?
According to Science Daily – the Ketogenic diet has been used to prevent seizures.
While this can be great news for those that have seizures should their doctor put them on the Keto diet; why has it been used for weight loss?
Well, because it works, but only for a short time because the extreme restriction of calories is so hard to maintain.
Any person that I have ever spoken with that has been on the Ketogenic diet has gotten weight loss results, but they were not able maintain the diet because it couldn’t be turned into a lifestyle due to the extreme restrictions.
Remember what I said about your diet should be about what you include not what you exclude? Exactly.
If you’d like more information for how it has been used in the medical field, you can go visit the two below articles:
There’s a difference between low carbs, which is highly effective for weight loss, and completely cutting carbs out of your diet.
The Keto Diet has gone back to the 1990’s fad of eating zero carbs. Carbs are not bad for you, your body must have carbs. Am I talking chips and empty carbs? Of course not, but I am talking about healthy, solid, complex carbs.
According to Eating Well there are 6 solid reasons you should be eating carbs. One of those include a “sharp memory”. We have to keep our minds sharp to live well in this world. Again, this does not mean to go eat the empty carbs of potato chips or soda, etc. You need whole grains, sweet potatoes…. good complex carbs.
The design of the Keto diet is to send your body into Ketosis quicker. It does this by basically cutting out all carbs, all sugar, eating minimal protein and eating high fats. The reason for the high fats is that in theory it teaches your body to burn fat quicker. While to a point that is true, the Keto diet takes it to an extreme.
Also, the Keto Diet is lower protein. Your body is made of proteins. And, your body requires good protein to rebuild the muscles that have been broken down during your workout.
Word of Caution
In doing research on this topic, I have found that there are folks that have stayed on this diet for too long. This caused their body to have adverse reactions. The main one being an itch or a rash.
I have one thing to say to that. It’s the same thing I tell my clients for when they’re working out: listen to your body. If you’re having an adverse reaction to something, or your body is in pain, there’s a reason for it! That means it’s time to re-evaluate.
Again, low carb is effective for weight loss, but no carb can turn dangerous.
These articles that I have cited are from medical websites and those using this diet are under medical supervision! Bottom line? Be careful. Be highly cautious about making drastic decisions regarding your diet and well being without talking to your doctor coupled with a nutritionist.
One More Caution…
If a diet claims you can stay keto eating at a fast food restaurant… No. Just no. I’m pretty sure I don’t even need to explain this. Fast food is not your answer. Ever.
Dr. Ahmed Zayed who is an expert contributor at Consumer Health Digest, the Keto Diet ranked dead last in the “Best Diets of 2018”. Dr. Ahmed also talks about Keto Diet and how fad diets are dangerous to your health due to the overly restrictive nature.
Remember what I said about balance? Well, there you go, more backing up from a medical professional that it’s more about what you include in your diet vs. what you exclude. It’s about making new habits that are healthy habits and sticking with them! Set yourself up for success!
So what should you do with this information?
To be honest, that is entirely up to you. I can’t tell you what you should do or what you should eat or shouldn’t eat. All that I am doing is providing you with information for you to be able to make an informed decision.
Obviously, if you’re on a medically prescribed diet, stick with it. If you have concerns, have a conversation with your doc.
I know what worked for me and what still works for me as well as my clients. It’s called real food, tough workouts, and good rest.
While I know it can be super tempting to jump on a diet train that promises fast results; I caution you to check all of the facts. Find something that you can maintain as a lifestyle that is a healthy balance of good foods.
If you still don’t believe me, keep researching, talk to your doc, talk to a nutritionist.
Bottom line? Make an informed decision and make a healthy decision. Make a decision that you know you can live with and maintain. Because bouncing back and forth between this diet and that diet is never good! Plus, who can keep up with it? That’s not living!
You can lose those 15 pounds, you just have to put in the hard work and eat the right balance of food. Trust me, if I can do it, you can too… without the Ketogenic Diet.
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