Oh, the keto diet. Such a hot topic right now amongst professionals and the general public. The keto diet is a relatively new type of diet and it really does not have many studies supporting its longterm success because of how new it is.
There are pros and cons to both. Essentially, it can benefit those trying to lose weight, those with epilepsy, and possibly those with metabolic dysfunction. It is not the end-all or cure-all like many people make it seem.
I see it all the time. People will post on social media or talk in real life about needing to lose weight. Someone comments or chimes in, “You really need to do the keto diet!!”
It’s like… like a cult. People who do keto are just as bad as people who are vegan. Everyone NEEDS to try it and they talk about it to EVERYONE.
Okay, this doesn’t apply to everyone doing keto, but I don’t see many intuitive eaters talking about their diets the way some people doing keto do.
The first time I heard of “bulletproof coffee”, it was from a client and I nearly threw up. Should I mention that said client also almost threw up during their workout and had to end it early from not feeling good?
Anywayssssss, I am sure many people can tell what my opinion of keto is. Let me explain why.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutrition professional. I am a fitness professional. I am a Certified Personal Trainer who specializes in weight loss and fitness nutrition. You should always speak to your doctor before you start any sort of diet or weight loss program.
First and foremost, the keto diet is very restrictive. When you are only eating about 5% of a macronutrient, you will have to cut a lot of things out of your diet. What can’t you eat on a ketogenic diet? Most dairy, fruit, grains, beans, legumes, starchy vegetables, and processed foods, to name some. That is a lot of food.
I have never, ever encouraged such restriction because I think it is unhealthy and quite frankly, disordered.
The typical healthy human body needs carbohydrates.
I should probably mention now that I am supportive of keto when it is done under medical attention and for medical purposes. I know people who have been told to try it because of medical reasons and it has worked out for them, which is absolutely wonderful. They are doing it right and using the diet the way it should be used.
Which brings me to my next point. Many people use keto to lose weight, which they see success! You are going to see success whenever you make an adjustment to your diet to lose weight because you are going to be putting yourself into a caloric deficit. That is how you lose weight however, the keto diet will likely not give you sustainable results nor is it recommended for sustainable fat loss.
Unless you plan on being on the keto diet for the rest of your life.
However, in my professional opinion, keto is so restrictive that there is no way someone could possibly stay on it for the rest of their life.
Look, I was vegan once and I even found that restrictive. I lasted about six months. Do you see my point?
If you workout a lot and are physically active or even an athlete, then you definitely wouldn’t benefit from keto, seeing how carbs are the body’s first energy source and the quickest. Fat is not either of those things.
Lastly, I don’t think keto is a good idea to just randomly decide to do to lose weight because you can lose weight without altering your diet in this mind blowing way. Get active, eat better, and have a balanced lifestyle. You do not need to go to extreme measures unless told to by a medical professional.
I know that many people are probably getting the urge to argue with me and you’re probably rolling your eyes at me. That is completely fine! I encourage you to do your own research, but don’t just pay attention to the information that supports your point.
Here is a great article I found by Precision Nutrition with a lot of information that supports both sides if you want to get started on that research.
I wear a lot of hats: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. A writer with a B.A. in English and Professional Writing. A fur mom and a wife. A mental health advocate and a septic shock survivor. An Airman and an athlete. I live in South Florida and am in love with the ocean. People can typically find me either in the gym or at home, writing or reading.