Be Wary of fad diets
This post is a little different. If you have visited my flipboard page or poked around here long enough, you know how much of a keto junkie I am. In 2015, I discovered the keto diet and was excited that I could eat basically all the bacon I wanted. I did some research and found that that is generally true, though not the healthiest of options. I went from about 240lbs at my heaviest to about 170lbs on keto in a matter of months. It is quite a difference and was the easiest diet I have ever done. At the time it wasn’t a fad, it was actually condemned by most people because they didn’t understand it. Once hollywood took notice and several celebrities changed their bodies, it became more popular and now is full mainstream.
The problem is because everyone and their mother are doing it, there is a lot of misinformation floating around. Especially on pinterest, and facebook! Mainstream means everyone is talking about it and it becomes a game of telephone and information becomes corrupted. Be sure to get your information from good reliable science backed sites. I recommend ketogains.com.
If you are into print, I recommend the Ketogenic Bible. It is simple to understand and they go into why it works. Below are some other books that are okay.
Understand what you are doing
It is important to understand what you are doing with your diet and why it works. If you start doing the ketogenic diet because a co-worker recommended it, understand that it could be dangerous! There is an effect called ketoacidosis which is when the body cannot regulate insulin. If you have diabetes you need to check with a doctor prior to starting any type of diet.
Understanding how the diet works also allows you to tweak it to work better for you. Some people say that it is okay to eat anything as long as you stay under 25 net carbs (carbohydrates – fiber) a day. Other people say you need to stay under 25 carbs a day. What is right? Understanding that it is not the carbs that causes ketosis but rather an insulin response gives you the answer. It also gives the answer as to what products are okay to eat. Here is an example, artificial sugars. Using something like Erythritol is perfectly fine. No insulin response, and the carbohydrates pass out of the body undigested. However Malitol has an insulin response and can cause your ketosis to be dysfunctional.
Understanding that dietary ketosis takes time affects how you conform to the diet. You have to realize that it can take a full month for you to feel the affects of a ketogenic lifestyle and that going between low-carb, high-fat to high-carb, high-fat can be dangerous. I always recommend to people that they stay on the ketogenic diet for a minimum of one month.
You have to know how the body processes alcohol, carbohydrates and fats. Drinking on keto can do two things, first cause you to get drunk really fast. Second it will stall your diet progress as the body works to remove the alcohol.
What else do I need to know?
Don’t get me wrong, I love the ketogenic diet. It cured my migraines, it helped me lose 50 pounds. It has helped my best friend lose over 100 lbs. It is awesome! You just need to be informed.
You need to know quite a bit. It is not as easy as just not eating bread. Carbohydrates are in lots of food so you need to be diligent in your research and tracking if you want to make real progress. If you have any questions about the keto diet or are looking for references please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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