If you have been thinking about doing the Keto diet, read this before you jump on the keto wagon.
What is keto?
Keto is a low-carb diet and high fat. You are eating 50 grams or less of carbohydrates to reach the state of ketosis. Once your body reaches ketosis, your body will burn stored fat for energy. That is why people lose weight fast.
Many will say this sounds ideal, but in reality, it will damage your body in the long run.
Ask yourself, “Can you live without carbohydrates for the rest of your life?”
Keto can be recommended for a short period under the care of a doctor. It is hard for keto to be a long-term and sustainable diet. Many actually regain all the weight back, and some will gain even more than what they lost. You have to be very careful when getting off the keto diet.
Part of a healthy and balanced diet is eating fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Carbohydrates are the main source of fuel for our bodies. Without the carbs, your body is forced to use other forms of fuel, which can be from your muscles.
Here are some of the side effects when doing the keto diet
- Brain fog
- Upset stomach
- Flu-like symptoms
- Workouts will suffer
- Cortisol & stress levels go up
According to the University of Chicago Medical Center, these are some of the risks when doing a keto diet :
- Low blood sugar
- Kidney stones
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Increase risk of heart disease
People with these health conditions should avoid doing the keto diet such as pancreas, liver, thyroid, and gallbladder conditions.
I have never been a fan of the keto diet. I love my carbohydrates and can never see myself giving them up. The best way to live a long and healthy life is by doing a long-term sustainable diet. Everything in moderation is the way to go.
Ultimately, you have to find what works for you, and if you are someone that has been on keto, and it works for you, and you feel great on it, then keep doing it. I always tell my clients they have to find what works for them. The goal should be to not feel restricted.