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Resolving misguided fears and proving keto is not just a FAD
I’ve been experimenting with ketosis for the last 5 years and I couldn’t be happier!
Of course, I’ve made mistakes which is why I can confidently vouch for what keto can do if done right.
Keto is an emerging new diet that has the world wrapped around it like bacon over asparagus. Referred to as the very low carb(5%), high fat(75%), and moderate protein(20%) Ketogenic lifestyle comes with numerous health benefits.
Keto is more than a diet for me, It’s a lifestyle. Fearing keto is like living in a state of glucose lead pre-diabetes and questioning the cure right in front of you. However, there’s a lot of misinformation about this self-regulating game changer. Let’s focus on those misguided fears and finally speak the truth.
1. The Keto Diet only Helps in Weight Loss:
People usually associate keto with quick weight loss. Well, I’d say keto is JUST a bi-product. Ignoring the other benefits of keto and belittling it to weight loss needs to stop. People who don’t need to lose weight follow keto for the broad spectrum of health gains.
The keto diet is known to boost mental health, reduce inflammation, balance insulin and blood sugar levels, improve heart and liver health, give you clearer skin, higher levels of energy, improve sleep quality, and balance hormonal functions!! (SEE?)
2. Going Keto Allows You to Consume as Much Fat as You Desire:
Okay, NO! A BIG NO! The keto diet does not mean you can have all kinds of fats. There is good and bad fat.
Firstly, you need to understand the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats.
Unsaturated fats and many-saturated fat are healthy for your body. There’s one bad fat that you should avoid, though: trans fats. They have no nutritional value and are harmful to your health. Secondly, limit the good fat content according to your macro ratios. Keep proper track of what you are consuming if you’re new to keto. When you overdo fat, your body fails to enter ketosis and you will not get the desired results. Loading up on good fats is necessary but overloading is harmful.
Good Fats: Unrefined coconut and olive oil, chia seeds, flax seeds, nut oil, nuts, avocado and its oil, seed butter organic ghee, butter, and cheese.
Bad Fats: Processed dairy products, vegetable oil, packaged refined oils, and cured meats.
3. High Protein Intake is a must for the Keto Diet:
NA-AH! Remember, protein needs to be consumed in moderation. Consuming excess protein can turn into glucose, causing a spike in your blood sugar, and this shall hinder the state of ketosis. Limit protein intake in such a way that your macros aren’t disturbed. Here, the solution is to keep track of the macronutrients till you become pro-enough to ‘know’. You should ideally take about 20% of your daily calories from protein.
4. No consumption of Greens on the Keto Diet:
Not True! You should not cut out vegetables from your diet. Consuming leafy and cruciferous greens are necessary as they contain low carbohydrate content. They are a great source of fiber and prebiotics which helps to stop the keto flu. Vegetables are an integral part of the keto diet. They are loaded with requisite vitamins and minerals. Ensure that you do not consume starchy vegetables with high carb content like potato, beet, and sweetcorn.
Instead add keto-friendly greens such as cabbage, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, zucchini, and eggplants to your meals. Avoid consuming
5. Your Brain Requires Carbohydrates to Function:
There is a popular belief that your brain needs carbohydrates for proper functioning. The “130 grams of carb” myth needs to be debunked right away! Carbs are believed to be the brain fuel and anything below 130 grams of carb per day is considered bad for the brain. Some cells in our brain do need carbs to function. The keto diet is not a ‘no-carb diet’, it is a ‘low carb diet’. The ketones produced by the body during ketosis provide 75% of brain function and the rest is provided by the glucose produced in the liver from fats and proteins. So your body is not fully stripped of dietary carbs.
Is keto the ONE & ONLY optimal lifestyle? No, there are plenty.
But does it do what it claims to do? Yes, more than we know and understand.