I eat bread.
And protein. And fats. Fruits and veggies. I eat that.
So let’s talk about the K word. Keto.
I’m aware Keto has its upsides. But They do NOT outweigh the huge downsides. So let’s talk about that. Keto is basically low carb (less than 50 grams a day but ideally lower).
Keto is when the body doesn’t have enough glucose or glycogen to fuel so it breaks down fat for energy. That being said, ketosis is considered a state of medical emergency. We can survive without carbs for a LIMITED time but we do not thrive. First of all it limits the vitamins and minerals we need because of the low intake of fruits veggies, while grains, beans lentils etc. We cut our fibre intake especially coming from fruit which has vital minerals, antioxidants, prebiotic fibre, vitamins and more. Then there’s the fact that Keto doesn’t talk about a caloric restriction. At the end of the day calories in vs calories out is how you lose weight in a healthy way that can be maintained. It also doesn’t not advocate for exercise. Which you need. No matter what you may be told, you need it. We need to move not only for maintaining a healthy weight but to keep our organs, bones and joints healthy. This diet also doesn’t talk about healthy vs unhealthy fats and protein. At no point can ANYONE tell me bacon is healthy. And even more so having it every day or at every meal as i often see Keto advertise. Heart and artery health is a real thing. Do you just want to be thin or do you want to live a long and healthy life free of heart attacks and strokes? Next is protein intake. Consuming tons of protein and fat puts a huge strain on your kidneys, liver and gallbladder. Welcome fall stones, kidney stones and infections, osteoporosis, pancreatitis, liver damage and more. I can go on. But what you should be doing is thinking long and hard about this diet and it’s dangers. Is calorie restriction, weight training and cardio hard? Yes. But functioning after a heart attack or suffering from osteoporosis at 50 is much harder. If you’d like more info I’m more than happy to cite all the articles including the amazing one by @jillianmichaels who I used for this post. Make smart choices.