Myths About The Ketogenic Way of Eating
Pick any subject at all and you will inevitably find a ton of conflicting information on it, and keto is no exception. There is certainly a lot of good, accurate information available, but depending on the source, you may find, unfortunately, that sometimes the information is biased, incomplete, or downright false. The bottom line is that it can be really hard to know just what to believe.
Maybe you are brand new to keto and are trying to make an informed choice about whether it’s right for you before getting started. Or maybe you’re already doing it but wondering if you’ve made a good choice. You may find that you have friends or family who are criticizing your decision to adopt a keto lifestyle.
Despite having been around for many years now and having an amazing track record of success, there are still a lot of myths about keto. Here are some things you may have heard:
Keto is just a fad. By definition, a fad is something that is wildly popular for a short time, then fizzles out as quickly as it started. This is absolutely not the case when it comes to keto. It has been around for years now, with many studies and the real-life experiences of thousands of people supporting its benefits. If anything, keto is gaining in popularity, not losing it.
Keto isn’t healthy on a long term basis. Really? Why not? If it gives you so many benefits initially, why would those just stop after a while? The fact is that keto has multiple long term health benefits, including (but certainly not limited to) weight loss, regulation of blood sugar level, elimination of insulin resistance, optimizes blood pressure and hormone levels, decreases inflammation, improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, boosts immunity, increases your energy level and mental clarity and improves your mood.
Keto isn’t sustainable on a long term basis. Again, why not? Keto eliminates cravings and sugar crashes, keeps you feeling full after meals, and is comprised of whole, healthy, nutritious foods. What’s not sustainable about that?!
Eating so much fat could cause a heart attack. First of all, you are eating HEALTHY fats, not the unhealthy ones that are abundant in processed foods. You’re also eating those healthy fats without all the carbs. Your body is burning the fat you consume for fuel rather than storing it as it does when your diet is high in carbs.
Doing keto can cause ketoacidosis. People (and sadly even some doctors) who believe this are confusing nutritional ketosis and ketoacidosis. They are NOT the same!
Ketoacidosis is a potentially life-threatening condition associated with uncontrolled Type 1 diabetes. When this happens, it’s because levels of ketones AND blood glucose are simultaneously abnormally high.
In nutritional ketosis, when ketones are present, blood sugar is low; if your blood sugar goes above a certain level, production of ketones ceases. High levels of both cannot coexist.
This leads nicely into the next myth:
Keto is not good for diabetics. Keeping your carbohydrate intake low depletes the body’s store of glucose. If your blood sugar is low, there is less need for insulin. Because you are eating high levels of healthy fats, you are giving your body the ideal alternate source for fuel. It is a fact that many type 2 diabetics who adopt a keto way of eating are able to work with their doctors to get off their medications!
We “need” carbs. Nope, not so. Ketones and fat are the preferred source of fuel for our body and brain. There are some parts of the body that require a very small amount of glucose for proper function, but our liver is capable of producing whatever is needed from protein (lipids) in our diet. There is no need at all to add extra carbs in order for this to happen.
Keto slows metabolism. Actually the opposite is true – a diet high in carbs slows metabolism because it prevents fat burning and causes us to store it instead. Eating a consistently low calorie diet also slows metabolism. Keto keeps sugar low so that you are in a constant state of fat burning.
High protein intake causes … Any argument against keto because of “high protein” is fundamentally wrong, because it is NOT a high protein diet, but rather a MODERATE protein diet. You’re only eating the amount that is necessary for your individual body and no more. The rest is made up of healthy fats and minimal carbs.
In all fairness, I should point out some of the things you WILL have to deal with when you adhere to the keto lifestyle.
You will have to buy new clothes. This is a tough one, I know. But unless you started keto at an already ideal weight, you can expect to lose some because keto is going to burn off your fat stores.
Some foods will be more expensive. Some items may be more expensive than what you were buying prior to starting keto (organic vs. non-organic foods for example). But with keto, you will be eating less food, so you will actually end up saving yourself money. And if you think about it, a lot of those processed junk foods, which you will save a ton of money on because you’re no longer buying them, weren’t exactly cheap!
Your friends may be a little jealous. You will lose weight and look and feel great. You’ll have lots more energy. They may envy you and wonder what your secret is!
Your doctor will miss you! A keto diet is a prime factor in the management and even reversal of so many health issues! You are likely to find that you no longer need the expensive medications and trips to the doctor’s office you once did. Be sure to send him or her a card around the holidays so they won’t feel unloved!
If you are thinking you’d like to try keto, or were having doubts as to whether it is a good choice for you, I hope that this information has helped to alleviate your doubts and fears. So many people have been successful on keto – I want you to be one of them! You can do it, friend – keto on!