FAQs-What else about the Keto Diet?
FAQ January continues…
To wrap up my concerns over the Keto Diet from yesterday…
A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy.
Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy.
By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.
So it is not just “low carb” it is the intentional pursuit of ketosis.
A few of my additional concerns:
1) Most of the accredited research done on the Keto diet long term has been done on athletes to perform athletic performance, or on children suffering from seizures where other types of medication were not reducing symptoms.
2) The Keto “Diet” is still being used as a diet. Something we go on and off. I see articles all the time on how to lose weight quickly and the word “Keto” is often used in the same sentence.
3) It can be hard to follow as the diet is based on red meat, and other processed and salty foods.
4) We do not have long-term studies on overweight adults who lost weight, most likely because the diet is so hard to stay on.
5) Lastly, the Yo-Yo syndrome, aka gaining and losing rapidly is associated with many increased health risks, the biggest one being increased mortality.
My recommendation is to work on the relationship you have with yourself, food and why you need to lose weight. Find a food plan you like, not the trendiest one with the most tags on social media.
A balanced, unprocessed diet, rich in very colorful fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grains, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and lots of water is proven have the best evidence for a long, healthier, vibrant life.
Does this sound right to you?
Do you disagree?
Think I am evil?
Feel like giving me the finger because I do not love kept?