What the Heck is Keto, Anyways?

It’s EVERYWHERE! Keto this, keto that, ketosis, ketogenic… So, let’s talk about what ketosis is and if it’s right for you. (Here’s a hint, it’s probably not, but there are variations like carb cycling that you may want to try).

KETOSIS

According to this article on WebMD , ketosis is defined as “normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones.”

So as far as this article is concerned, “doing keto” is fine. However, I want to point out a few things regarding the ketogenic diet (or lifestyle as I like to refer to things). I’ve done the keto thing and I actually really liked it…. well SOME aspects of it. 

MY THOUGHTS ON KETO

Here’s the deal, I have a grain intolerance (I do my best to stay away from wheat, oats, rice, and corn among others), so I felt like it wasn’t a huge jump from what I was currently eating. I eat mostly Paleo anyways to keep my hormones and blood sugar levels under control. That being said, there is a difference between PALEO and KETO. Nothing proved that more than when my sweet potatoes went bye-bye -insert hysterical crying emoji-

Here’s what I observed from my own experience and the trials of clients when it comes to keto:

  1. It is a science. Getting into a state of ketosis and actually staying there is NOT EASY. Any number of things can kick you out of ketosis or stall your progress. It was originally meant to help auto-immune disorders and should be supervised by a professional.  Unless you suffer from an auto-immune disorder, it may not be right for you.
  2. It isn’t actually meant for weight loss purposes… see above ;)… and it is EASY to overeat because fat has TWICE AS MANY calories per gram than protein and carbs. So in my experience with keto, I never lost weight. I maintained or I gained. If you like to eat a lot, it may not be right for you.
  3. Nutrient deficiency is a real concern. Most people don’t eat enough veggies. Then, they cut out their vitamin and mineral fortified carbs and before you know it, you have a deficiency. If you decide to try keto, please, please, PLEASE eat your dang veggies!!! If you don’t like vegetables, it may not be right for you. 
  4. Variety is seriously lacking. Yes, the butter is delicious and your food will taste infinitely better than that fat-free junk (which BTW is awful for you… check the ingredient list next time!!!). HOWEVER, it gets old, and eventually you just want some french fries and ice cream and for the love of all things food, give me some OREOS! (oh, is that just me?) If you don’t want to eat the same thing all the time, it may not be right for you.
  5. And lastly, will power can only last so long (science has proven that one). You can only say no to something you really want for a short time before giving in. Now, for some people this lasts longer than others. But just remember the last time you were on a diet of any kind. Once your diet was over, what was the first thing you ate? Probably all the things you fantasized about during your diet… the things you had to say NO to, right? Yeah, I know… I’ve been there too friend. SOOOO, if your will power is lacking, it may not be right for you.

I hope this helps somebody. I don’t think it’s inherently evil or bad…And truly, if you have done the research and want to give it a try, GO FOR IT! Just be cautious, drink salt water, and eat TONS of veggies too, okay?

THE TAKEAWAY

In my honest opinion, I believe that if you are looking, searching and TRYING to be healthier, that is AWESOME and should be applauded. Keep looking, searching, and trying. Don’t give up on your health journey no matter the ups and downs. YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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