It’s true…and it’s happening everywhere. The Ketogenic Diet (known as “Keto”) is giving your cardiologist nightmares…and all their friends too.
- Fatty cuts of meat
- Thick slices of cheese
- A plate full of bacon
- Lots of butter
Ok, I know these sound mouth-watering to many (MANY) of you, but get real.
The Ketogenic Diet is every Cardiologist’s nightmare. It’s true. If by chance you find one that tells you differently…change doctors!
Voted as the WORST in all categories by this year’s (2018) U.S. News And World Report, the trendy “Keto” Diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate eating plan.
Unfortunately, its popularity, like so many “fads,” is sweeping the nation and using celebrity endorsements to sell their dangerous goods.
➡ This diet is intended to change your body’s metabolism, putting it into a state called ketosis. Although our bodies normally rely on carbohydrates for its quick energy boost, in ketosis the body shifts its primary focus to burning your stored and/or consumed fat.
I can already hear you asking “So what’s wrong with THAT?”
Well, …it does translate into lost pounds, but…This diet is pretty deficient in nutrition. For one thing, it excludes vegetables and fruits.
Don’t like them much anyway? Keep reading.
For reputable physicians, this lack of nourishment from plant sources indicates risks to the heart for everyone, especially those already living with heart disease and its many forms.
The standard Keto diet involves eating a lot of fat with moderate amounts of protein and very little carbohydrates.
The traditional breakdown is:
- 70 % of calories from fats
- 25 % of calories from proteins
- 5 % of calories from carbohydrates
The problem with that is that your body can break down protein and convert them into carbohydrates, while fats are the only nutrients that the body cannot convert for use as fuel.
And you know what happens when we run out of fuel…
Although this diet sounds like a meat eater’s dream, in reality, it’s very complicated, requiring intricate eating plans to get the right amounts of fats, proteins, and carbs to actually put someone in ketosis (what the diet says it will do).
- When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body.
And, for permanent, long-term weight loss, the Ketogenic Diet must be approached as a full-fledged lifestyle instead of a quick solution.
Entering ketosis is no picnic, either.
Have you heard of the “Keto Flu?” It’s what people on this diet develop as their metabolism shifts from carbs to fats. Symptoms can include:
- Foggy mental function
- Increased hunger
- Difficulty sleeping
- Nausea (a lot of it)
- Constipation or diarrhea
The “Keto Flu” usually shows up anywhere from 3 days to a week after starting the diet and can last up to two weeks, If it lasts longer than that, you’re probably not really in ketosis.
It’s at that point that most people start putting carbs back into their diets (to feel better) and, according to how this is “supposed” to work, that’s too soon.
➡ The diet recommends people stay in ketosis for 2-3 months before you even start to add carbs. Really?
Have you any idea the damage that being in ketosis for several months can do? The jet set never tells you about that part.
Our concerns about the effectiveness and health benefits of this diet are valid. Just to name a few:
➡ There’s not much scientific evidence to back up its claims.
➡ No substantiated evidence-based research has been published and, most worrisome:
➡ The long-term impact of the keto diet is still unclear…but it doesn’t look promising.
➡ Even nutritionists are chiming in with warnings that by turning away from carbohydrates, people will miss out on crucial (as in, you must have these) nutrients.
➡ Several nutrients vital to health are found in carbohydrate-dense foods, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains. For instance, just one medium apple has about 17 grams of carbs.
The vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients (which can be defined as nutrients that have been scientifically proven to provide health benefits) in fruits and vegetables are essential to sustaining health, immunity and to prevent disease.
The Ketogenic Diet is a nightmare alright.
The diet’s focus on fat-dense foods is concerning, especially if people choose a high amount of saturated or trans fats.
- Both have been scientifically proven to cause a rise in LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, which we know is connected to a higher risk of heart disease and it’s many complications.
One last warning: Don’t be fooled by the quick weight loss that people claim. Once they start adding carbs, the weight will come back and may potentially extend the dreaded “keto flu.”
➡ The truth is that although people lose weight very quickly on the Keto Diet, it’s not really losing physical weight. It’s because carbohydrates (like they were once eating) hold more water, so what they’re really losing is water weight.
➡ Once your body enters ketosis, you also begin to lose muscle, become extremely fatigued, and eventually enter starvation mode.
Then it actually becomes even harder to lose weight…
If we’ve learned anything by now it’s that you need consistency to see actual weight loss. Eating a fat and cholesterol-laden diet will not get you there. But it will definitely harm you.
P.S. Any diet that warrants an article titled “How to Avoid a Heart Attack While Doing a Ketogenic Diet” (this is for real…honestly!) heads directly into my trash bin.
Coming Up: Here’s a sampling of what some of the most trusted physicians, dieticians, and educators around the country have to say about the Keto Diet…
“No one diet is right for everyone, but the Ketogenic Diet Is Just Wrong.”
“The Ketogenic Diet is a textbook example of a high-cancer-risk dietary pattern.”
“The Keto Diet is just not sustainable over the long-term.”
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