We are all familiar with the cycle of fad diets that work their way through the weight loss world. I have participated in many of them, including the currently popular Keto diet.
Despite the weight loss results I achieved while following this diet, I decided it was not the healthiest option for me. Let me tell you why.
What is the Keto diet?
The Keto diet is based on an extreme restriction of carbohydrates and, depending on the version you follow, an increase in dietary fat.
Keto followers believe that in the absence of carbohydrates, your body will begin to use body fat as its primary source of fuel, resulting in weight loss.
My personal experience with the Keto diet
When I first heard about the Keto Diet, I was completely on board. The idea of adapting my body to convert fat into fuel seemed amazing!
I stocked up on pork rinds, coconut flour and Stevia (in addition to a heavy amount of meats and vegetables.) I pinned a plethora of recipes to my Pinterest boards and adjusted my macros in My Fitness Pal.
For three weeks I ate a strict Keto diet and was thrilled when I lost 6 pounds! Then I went on vacation and, with a lot of encouragement from my family, I abandoned my diet.
Why I ditched the Keto diet for good
In the time after my vacation I sat in on a weight loss seminar and I learned the importance of including carbohydrates in a healthy diet.
Carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy. Yes, carbs convert into glucose and consuming too much of them will result in weight gain. However, if consumed properly and in the right form (complex carbs), then carbs are actually the most efficient fuel source for our body.
If our body cannot draw its energy from carbohydrates, it will turn to protein and fat. But protein and fat have important jobs to do as well, such as feeding and supporting our muscles, absorbing nutrients, and protecting our organs. If they are needed to provide the body’s energy, then they cannot perform their other functions adequately.
In light of this information, I decided that trying to change my body’s normal metabolic function by starving it of carbohydrates was unnecessary. Instead, I made the commitment to eat a well-balanced diet comprised of wholesome, nutritious foods.
Which carbohydrates are good for you
There are two types of carbs: simple and complex.
Simple carbs are broken down easily by the body and they’re often lacking nutrients. Therefore, they are not as efficient when used as a fuel source.
Complex carbs are usually higher in fiber, which aids in digestion and helps keep you feeling full longer. They typically contain more vitamins and nutrients, and the additional fiber content makes it easier for your body to distribute and absorb those nutrients.
Also, complex carbs are not as easily digested as simple carbs, which helps maintain the spike in blood glucose levels and sustains the body’s energy more effectively.
Examples of complex carbs include whole foods, such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains.
Simple carbs are typically processed and stripped of the majority of their nutritional value. Examples include white bread and pasta, pastries, fruit juices, french fries, and chips.
The Keto Diet works but is it right for everyone?
One thing is for sure: the Keto Diet can result in weight loss.
However, ultimately I do not want to fight nature by changing the way my body is supposed to function. I would rather provide my body with clean fuel sources and maintain my weight through wholesome eating and portion control.
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