A diet has been coming up a lot for health and weight loss, the Keto Diet. But there are so many misconceptions out there I thought I would do some research and let the readers here know my findings. Like any diet or trend, people who are against it may be against it for myths and misconceptions that someone else told them. I happen to be one of those people who likes to research something before I believe anything because I know there are lies about everything.
The premise of the Ketogenic diet was originally to treat seizure patients but it actually was discarded in favor of medicine. We now know that medicine doesn’t always work on everyone, in fact many children have little or no reaction or even adverse reactions to some seizure medicine. One lady in Arizona was at her wits end because no medicine was working and the doctor wanted to lobotomize her son. She eventually gave the kid pot brownies and the seizures are gone which I’m all for since it helped the kid where traditional medicine failed him.
But back to the Ketogenic diet. The main one is that people think because they are going very low carb that they will be consuming high protein. WRONG. The diet actually calls for moderate protein. You actually are required to consume 70 to 80 grams of protein which is actually a lot when you compare that to the same amount of carbs, I barely make it to 70 grams much less 80 and I’m stuffed.
The second thing that I found was that it requires you to consume high quantities of good fats, this is where you get most of your energy from. Now, right now in the diet world there is a stigmata on fat but people fail to realize there are good fats and bad fats. YEP! There are. Good fats consist of things like coconut oil, avocados, peanuts, sunflower oil, and such. Bad fats are like you’d find in potato chips and fats found in most junk food. The thing is that fats are not all bad for you. People just hear the word fat and freak out.
The biggest misconception I found is people thinking that they could do the diet during the week and gorge on carbs the weekend. That’s not doing anything for you at all. You just ruined what you did during the week and accomplished nothing. The whole point of the diet is to keep your carbs low and in the form of vegetables. Binge eating carbs on the weekend defeats that purpose.
What I’ve found that the diet actually does is remove our need for a moderate or high carb diet for energy which is messing with people who have metabolic disorders or type 2 diabetes. Those people have to control carbs so they don’t get sick. As someone who was diagnosed as Hypoglycemic or a metabolic disorder, I’m finding that foods high in carbs are what is messing me over because they raise my blood sugar levels and then I crash which will eventually make me insulin resistant or a type 2 diabetic. No, uh-uh, ain’t happening to this chick. In the past, I’ve actually done better by eating more vegetables and proteins and a lot less carbs. So a ketogenic diet would not be much of a stretch for me.
Now for the down side…
The thing that gets most people with the ketogenic diet is that for about a week most people get the keto flu which is where you feel tired, irritable, and such, much like having the flu. Here’s what’s going on so don’t get discouraged if you are thinking about doing this diet…Your body is adjusting to not having mass amounts of carbs, this lasts from 2 days to about a week depending on the person. To me, that isn’t much of a big deal since I know I actually feel better not eating all those carbs anyway. Basically, your body is adjusting to a ketogenic state, not ketoacidosis which I’ll get to in a minute.
According to the online dictionary ketogenic means
But ketoacidosis is Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a life-threatening problem that affects people with diabetes. It occurs when the body cannot use sugar (glucose) as a fuel source because there is no insulin or not enough insulin. Fat is used for fuel instead. What happens is the body isn’t using its insulin properly so it attacks fat and muscle. This is when the blood acids get crazy in diabetics. This is why it is very important to eat some carbs such as from vegetables unlike the Atkins diet which is very, every little or no carbs. The keto diet actually encourages you to eat the very good carbs you find in vegetables, this is where you get your carbs so you don’t hit that ketoacidosis state. Now if you are insulin dependent, I very HIGHLY recommend you speak seriously with your doctor before you start this diet. If you serious want to try it, start slowly and see how it goes. It is not recommended as of yet for type 1 diabetics. However, I’ve seen an insulin resistant type 2 diabetic lower her A1C levels and lose 50 pounds on this diet. I’m not saying it will work for you but if you have diabetes do check with your doctor and/or nutritionist first.
So there it is, my analysis of the ketogenic diet. I still want you guys to further the research on your own. In fact, there is much information on the keto diet on youtube.com.
One video which is over almost two hours long is by a doctor and scientist that highly endorses this diet because he believes that humans, at least in the US, are addicted to carbs. Its worth checking out.
There is also the Keto Caveman which I love his series, he has recipes for the keto diet to help you figure out what you can eat; I found this very helpful.
As always, I’m here to help you figure out what’s best for you in your quest to be healthy.
Love and Hugs,