Weight Loss Explained: Why the Ketogenic Diet SUCKS
“So now that we’ve gotten your workout program figured out, tell me about your dietary habits.”
“Well, I recently did the Keto-Kickstart and am putting butter in my coffee!”
“Excuse me for one second…” *Screams into pillow*
No doubt about it, the ketogenic diet has been the biggest fad diet of my lifetime. And when clients tell me they are following it, I really do want to scream into a pillow! There are a handful of reasons I can’t stand this fad, and today I am going to explain to you: Why the Ketogenic Diet Sucks.
Before I ruin Keto for you, first let me say what I do like about it:
It’s, according to some studies, great for diabetics. Many diabetics have reported that the ketogenic diet has made their blood sugar levels much easier to manage, and one study reports that type II diabetes patients either reduced or discontinued medication. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1325029/)
You can eat bacon and eggs with cheese for breakfast.
That’s honestly all I could come up with, but I tried really hard, okay! I’m kidding, but I REALLY am not a fan of this fad diet. Here are my top reasons why:
Our body, AND OUR BRAIN, prefers to use glucose (carbohydrates) for fuel. Yes, we can resort to ketones, but our body uses glucose much more easily. If you are trying to build muscle, you especially shouldn’t be restricting your carbohydrates.
Keto restricts MANY healthy options such as apples, oranges, and bananas. Not only are these foods great for you, they are also extremely convenient and make dieting easier.
Probably the biggest reason of this list: IT’S TOO COMPLICATED. There are so many rules when following the ketogenic diet, that many people are kicking themselves out of ketosis without even realizing it. Not only does your intake of carbohydrates matter, but also the TYPES of carbohydrates matter. Some artificial sweeteners, although only containing 1g of carbohydrates per serving, can spike your insulin and kick you out of ketosis. On top of that, your body will try to turn protein into glucose if you eat too much [protein]! So, not only do you have to restrict your carbs, but also your protein. This one, by itself, ruins the diet. Not only is this overly restrictive, it is too confusing for the average consumer.
It’s overly restrictive. When you eliminate carbs, you’re eliminating an ENTIRE food group! Our body needs a variety of nutrients, in appropriate amounts, to lose weight AND be healthy.
It’s not realistic for longevity. I am sure that there are some individuals that can follow the ketogenic diet for the rest of their lives. Okay, they are the 2%. But for the rest of us, it’s just not realistic. Yes, you can follow the trend for a few months, and I am sure you will see results! But what happens when you decide you’re sick of Keto? You will stop. And when you stop, you won’t know what to do, and even worse, you’ll gain all of your weight back.
Guys, restrictive diets are no good. Weight loss, at its roots, is too simple: eat slightly less, move more, and do it forever. How much less is where things get tricky, maybe someone should make a video about it? The same things that worked 50 years ago still work today! Don’t make it harder than it is. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog. Be sure to watch the video link above, and subscribe to my channel!