What is this Keto Diet Thing?

Let me start by saying I hate the Keto diet. For several reasons but mostly because no one understands what it is.  I’m not going to go into whether or not it’s right for you. Instead, I’m going to post this link HERE so you can see if it’s right for you and educate yourself on the history of keto because it’s not new. (If you don’t want to read the long, educational, scientific article, their verdict is; it’s not recommended for sustainable fat loss and is not recommended for MOST people)

The reason for this blog is actually more of a public service announcement. I see people posting pictures of their meals and saying, “First day on KETO!”. When that meal does not show the right portions for keto. It’s like someone saying they’re vegan but they drink milk. Here is the biggest detail if you’re actually on keto; you are really eating LOW protein. The breakdown for keto looks like this:

Protein: 20%

Fat: 75%

Carbs: 5%

On a 2000 calorie diet, this is only 100g of protein. Besides the fact that most people (especially women) are eating less than that, that protein intake is not high enough to help build muscle. Not to mention, carbs also play a huge roll in building muscle and 10-15g is the recommended intake on that. So, if you’re trying to build muscle, compete, increase strength, etc. this is not an ideal diet.

Another point on keto is that it is actually highly restrictive on foods. Here is a list of food you cannot eat while on Keto:

Most dairy (except high fat items like butter and CERTAIN cheese)

Fruit

Grains

Starchy veggies

Beans and legumes

Slightly sweet veggies (like beets and carrots)

Most processed foods (except pork rinds)

If you know food, you know all of the above has higher levels of carbs so naturally, they’re off the list. Most people don’t realize that most cheese is not allowed in your diet, myself included.

The bottom line here is make sure you know enough about a diet before you start it and before you start telling people you’re on something when you’re not.  If you say you’re on keto but you’re doing high protein, it’s not keto. You will just want to say you’re on a low carb diet.

Let’s all take the time to educate ourselves before trying a new diet. Weigh the pro’s and con’s, ask a professional (a professional doesn’t always mean a doctor either) and then take the right steps to stick to that diet. This will help avoid spreading rumors and you’ll be doing yourself a favor in the long run.