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It doesn’t take me much to get me fired up about Keto lies.
I have tried nearly every diet and they’ve all failed me. Even the Keto diet has failed me. And that is exactly why I am writing this post.
Here’s the thing:
I am so tired of feeling like a failure.
I am so tired of feeling negative about myself, my body, my weight….and I’m so tired of “trying things”, only to find out that they don’t work.
And I don’t think I’m alone.
Stop Believing These 7 Keto Lies
I am 99.9% sure that there are many, many people just like me out there who have tried and failed at dieting until they are so frustrated that they’ve given up.
But even in giving up they feel like a failure.
So here we are, all of us, doing this Keto-thing — and along come the nutritionists with their rhetoric, telling us lies about Keto.
Let’s examine them for a moment and then expose them for the lies they are:
1. When you stop the Keto diet, you gain your weight back
You don’t have to be on the Keto diet to know this is true. If you stop any diet you’ll gain your weight back.
We can say the same for just about anything in life.
If you stop smoking, you’ll gain the health benefits that come with not smoking, but if you start smoking again, those benefits come to an end.
If you start exercising you’ll gain the benefits of better health, but if you stop exercising those benefits come to an end.
So, this one isn’t so much of a lie as much as it is a half-truth, because it is presented as a negative aspect of Keto. But it is a negative aspect for anything healthy that we’ve started and then decided to stop.
This is why, if you want long-term benefits from Keto, you need to stop – that is stop with a capital S.T.O.P. making it a diet.
If you do Keto as you would any other diet, it will fail you, as it has failed me. But if you want lasting results, you need to make it a lifestyle.
Which brings me to lie #2
2. Keto is unsustainable
The many people who have done Keto for a decade or longer would beg to differ.
Keto isn’t a new diet, it is just a new fad. But Keto has been around for a long time.
Furthermore, our ancestors who didn’t have access to carbohydrates year round would certainly beg to differ, because Keto’s been around since Creation.
But here’s what’s even more important to know:
This lie is based on a premise that we’re weak, helpless people with no will power of our own, so because we’re so weak and powerless against the almighty carb, we will eventually give in.
I don’t know about you, but I find that way of thinking insulting.
I have exerted my willpower literally every day this week and have not given in to bread, sugar, pasta, or any food that is considered non-keto.
Because I can!
Yes, if you want to be Keto, you can be Keto. For years and decades even. It is as sustainable as you want it to be.
3. Eat in moderation
Maybe I’m cranky today, or maybe I’m just tired of hearing this for decades.
This is one thing I always went back to after a diet failed, and eating in moderation failed me worse than any diet ever dared to.
But what’s more, we have to ask ourselves what this even means. What does “eat in moderation” mean?
Because to one person drinking 1 soda a day is moderation (considering they drank 5-6 before), but to another person drinking only 1 soda a week is moderation.
To one person having a desert only once a week is moderation when to another that is excessive.
No one has ever really defined moderation. Unless you count the dreaded health guidelines that have led to obesity, diabetes, and all modern diseases.
Because for many people, that many grains a day is most certainly excessive!
4. Count your calories
This is about as successful as eating in moderation.
The “counting calories” practice has led opportunists to sell us on a “low-calorie” muffin that is jam-packed with chemicals when eating a high-calorie avocado would be far more beneficial to our health
Counting calories is based on faulty science that is far too simplistic for the way our bodies were created.
There is so much more physiologically that was never taken into account – namely our hormone function – to make counting calories practical for weight loss.
And all of the women out there who have obsessively counted calories for years, and every year find themselves having to cut them more….and more….and more until they are still overweight, hungry, and miserable….
….are led to believe they are failures.
They are not failures!!
This practice is a failure, because it’s a lie.
5. Keto flu makes keto bad
Keto flu is temporary.
But if you listen to the rhetoric, you’d believe that it is long-lasting and damaging to your health. It is no more damaging to your health than a sneeze is life-threatening.
Keto flu is not really a flu, it is not contagious. It is called Keto flu because the symptoms mask that of the flu.
It is simply a reaction to your body switching from burning glucose for energy to fat. Thus, Keto flu isn’t bad, it’s good!!!
To counteract these symptoms, one should simply make sure they are keeping their electroytes balanced.
Two good ways to do that is to take some mineral salts (not white table salt, but Pink Himalayan sea salt, or these wonderful Maldon Sea salt flakes I found recently) under your tongue or drink bone broth.
6. Ketosis is a dangerous state for the body to be in
Anyone who tells you that ketosis is dangerous, doesn’t know their science.
There is a huge difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis.
Ketosis is a state of the body wherein the body is burning fat for fuel. When the body burns fat for fuel, your liver creates chemicals called ketones.
They are the biproduct of your body using fat as a fuel source.
Ketoacidosis is life-threatening condition in which your body has dangerously high levels of ketones. A typical person on the keto diet will have between 5-10 mmol of ketones, which is not dangerous.
Ketoacidosis typically occurs in people who are diabetic.
This, however, doesn’t mean that diabetics shouldn’t do Keto. Keto can be very beneficial to diabetics, but they should do so under the care of their physician.
7. Keto is restrictive, Restricting your carb macro is dangerous to your health
My question to this argument is, how this makes Keto different than any other diet. Because every diet is restrictive.
So is not smoking.
So is not drinking.
People who are health experts say you shouldn’t have sugar – that is also restrictive.
If a person wants to be healthy, they will choose to restrict themselves to the things that make them healthy and keep them healthy.
So yes, Keto is restrictive.
But is restricting the carb macro damaging to our health?
Absolutely not. There is no necessary carb out there.
- Bread is not necessary for our health.
- Pasta is not necessary for our health.
- Rice is not necessary for our health.
- Oatmeal is not necessary for our health – and cutting it out of your diet doesn’t mean your heart will be less healthy.
Yes, there are carbs in vegetables, but they are not many and their fiber content helps slow down the body’s digestion of them, so that our insulin spike is much lower with them than with other high-carb/high-glucose foods.
This is why we should discipline ourselves and change the way we think about food!
We will never be healthy if we continue to think that we can eat highly processed foods filled with sugar and other chemicals that are damaging to our body…..in moderation, of course.
But if we want our bodies to be healthy, if we want healthy hormone function, if we want to get off of damaging medications, if we want to enjoy high energy and clear thinking….
Then we must choose to restrict our eating to foods that will get us to our goal….
and keep us there!
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