Following the statistics of visitors to my blog, I noticed that the most popular posts about diets and keto diets.
That’s why I will dedicate this post to the keto diet, in order to bring readers closer to the dilemmas they have about this way of dieting.
The keto diet is most popular with women population.
Most women are doing Keto wrong.
The ketogenic diet, when it is properly formulated, can (and should) be sustained over the long term.
In order to do that, you need to be consuming foods that feed the microbiome (the billions of bacteria that live in your gut), that are inherently healthy for you and are anti-inflammatory.
The reason why most people fail at keto in the long term is due to the fact that HOW and WHAT they are eating cannot be sustained very long.
A properly formulated ketogenic diet should have high fat, moderate amount of protein and low carbohydrate intake.
The ketogenic diet is strict: no sugar, no alcohol, and practically no carbs (including very few fruits).
The goal is to reach ketosis, a state in which the body stops burning sugar and starts burning fat instead.
Keto is also the first major diet phenomenon to be primarily fueled by social media.
Keto was Atkins Diet
Many years ago I was on an atkins diet based on protein free carbohydrates fruit and sugar.
YOU WILL ADMIT NOTHING DIFFERENT THAN A KETO.
The Atkins diet is a low-carbohydrate fad diet devised by Robert Atkins in the 1970s, marketed with claims that carbohydrate restriction is crucial to weight loss and that the diet offered “a high calorie way to stay thin forever”.
The diet became popular in the early 2000s, with Atkins’ book becoming one of the top 50 best-selling books in history, and as many as 1 in 11 North American adults claiming to be following it. Atkins died in 2003 and in 2005 Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. filed for bankruptcy following substantial financial losses.
There is no good evidence of the diet’s effectiveness in achieving durable weight loss, it is unbalanced as it promotes unlimited consumption of protein and saturated fat, and it may increase the risk of heart disease.
Yes, Atkins as a company still exists. It limped along for years after Dr. Atkins died and was purchased in 2017 by Roark Capital Management, a private equity firm. It then went public under the holding company name Simply Good Foods and is doing quite well on the Nasdaq. Atkins Nutritionals is now a low-sugar, low-carb snack company with net sales of $430 million in the past year.
You need way less protein and a lot more fat
There are definitely different ways to do and, but a lot of keto folks basically do low carb without any Atkins phases like induction.
But keto isn’t a high protein diet–you’re supposed to build your meals around fat and only consume moderate amounts of protein.
You really can’t eat that much meat on keto.
Back to the too much protein issue. Those protein grams add up fast. If your diet is structured around meat, it’s not really keto.
But, you can definitely make mistakes that will make it so.
The ketogenic diet has been important to me personally:
- My hair recovered
- My nails becoming stronger
- My skin is more soft and smooth
- I have more strenght
- I walk more
- My mental and physical health improved, my focus improved, and even my sleep improved
- My Migraine stopped
Current research supports the use of a ketogenic diet for:
- Weight loss
- Blood sugar balance and enhanced insulin sensitivity
- Improved energy levels, oxygen capacity, & athletic performance
- Migraine treatment
- Neuroprotective benefits in seizure disorders; ADHD; Alzheimer’s disease, memory, and cognitive function; Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis
- Autism, and improved behavior and social impacts
- Mood stabilization in bipolar disorder
- Ischemic stroke prevention
- Inflammation management & Alzheimer’s treatment
This is only my researching, I am not saying Keto can solve all of this problems, the doctors are the ones who do it the best for your health issue.
Some my thoughts:
It is logical that if we eliminate everything bad from our diet, we will lose weight.
It is well known that sugar, white bread, Carbohydrates make us more fat.
Is Keto just good marketing?