24 Jan Is The Ketogenic Diet Right For You?
Before I go into more detail in this blog post and pose the question, Is The Ketogenic Diet Right For You, I need to be honest from the outset. Personally, I am not a fan of the ketogenic (keto) diet and nor do I believe (based on the current research) that carbohydrates are putting your health at risk. While Keto Zealots will continue to use fear mongering and cherry-pick their data to tell you carbs are bad for your health and that they prevent fat loss, I will continue to enjoy my carbs (the penne Bolognese I had last night was AMAZING!) and live a happy and HEALTHY life.
Now, before you jump down my throat, I have nothing against the diet, as it has been shown to have proven benefits, and for some the diet has helped change their lives and seen them achieve their goals. However, I just think that we have swung the pendulum too far to the right, just like it was swung too far to the left back in the 80’s and 90’s when there was fear and hate around fats.
The marketing and sales world love to have you live in extremes, as the boring truth is nearly impossible to sell. It is much, MUCH easier to sell you the idea that there is a secret that no one else knows about. So called “fitness gurus” have made their careers on the back of doing this, as they continue to sell their shitty products and programs that do nothing but pull money from your wallet. Products like bulletproof coffee, skinny tea detox and Skinny Gummies and the THOUSANDS of others are nothing but a gimmick and have NO secret fat burning capabilities.
Before we go any further, what is the keto diet?
The keto diet was originally developed back in the 1920’s for kids with epilepsy and was very effective for a large number of sufferers. It is a diet that is high in fat, low in carbohydrates and contains adequate protein, which has your body (liver) convert the fats in your body into fatty acids and ketone bodies. It is these ketone bodies that can pass into the brain and be used for energy as well as throughout the body instead of glucose which is the converted form of carbohydrates.
Having an elevated level of ketones in your blood is what was believed to cause a reduction in the seizures and as mentioned above was successful for a number of children. With that said, the use of this therapy decreased as the years went on due to the production of effective anticonvulsant drugs.
Revival in the popularity of the diet came in the late 90’s when the Hollywood producer, Jim Abrahams, son was taken to a centre that still practised the diet to control childhood epilepsy. The diet was instantly successful for Abrahams son and it inspired the producer to not only produce a movie, (First Do No Harm) but also create a foundation called The Charlie Foundation to promote the diet and fund research. What followed was an explosion in scientific interest in the diet and its potential benefits, which has led to the diet once again being used in clinics all over the world.
Inevitably though, the snake oil salesmen of the fitness and weight loss industry got a hold of the idea and now produce countless products, potions and pills that have supposed fat burning and lifesaving capabilities. The products are vast, ranging from the “special” coffee beans and MCT oils being sold by BulletProof Coffee, to Exogenous Ketone supplements being supported by a number of fitness “gurus” and influencers, none of which have probably ever used the product themselves.
If I am totally honest, it is this part of the industry that I actually despise the most, as it has led to nothing but confusion to the people who are just desperate to find something, ANYTHING that will help them attain their fat loss goals or see them look like their favourite Instagram influencer. As I mentioned above, I actually have nothing against the diet, it just isn’t for me. For some though it can be a highly effective way to help them reach their fat loss and health goals. However, the tactics that its “gurus” and followers use to sell the idea, that it is the only way you can lose weight and be healthy is misleading, confusing and absolutely FASLE!
There is very little data that has looked into comparing differing diet methods that are calorie matched and go beyond 1 year. What does exist though, continues to show that no 1 diet method or macronutrient preference will yield a better result than another, especially in the long term. The fact remains, being in a calorie deficit and staying in one (regardless of the macronutrient makeup) is the single most important and yet most difficult factor of all.
Next time you are looking to start a new diet and begin your fat loss journey, don’t worry about what method you choose. Whether you decide to go Keto, Vegan, Fasting or any number of the other choices you have, know that should you stick to it long term none of them will see you achieve a better or quicker result.
The one and ONLY question you should be asking yourself is this…..
“Can I see myself doing this way of eating/living for the rest of my life?”
If your answer is no, I strongly urge you to look at trying something else. While you are likely to see results in the short term, they will be short lived, as you will inevitably fall back into more familiar eating and life habits that saw you gain the weight in the first place. For any of you that have been on the weight loss merry go round, like many of my clients were, you will know what I am talking about.
It is time you stop looking for the magic pill, potion or “secret” as it simply does not exist. Save your money, stop wasting your time and just start doing something that will see you take a step towards your goals. Maybe you decide to start eating a piece of fruit a day instead of that afternoon chocolate snack. Or maybe you decide to take the plunge and really commit long term to the keto diet. Whatever you choose, just understand that no one option is better than another and as long as you can be consistent with your approach, stick with it over the long term and have a RIDICULOUS amount of patience, I GUARENTEE you will achieve the results you dream of.
I hope you enjoyed the article and I would love to hear your comments and questions. Please drop them below and share your success or failure stories as I am sure your story could help others who might be reading this article.
Have a great day and thank you again for taking the time to read my article.