Other than the Carnivore Diet, Keto may be one of the most restrictive diets out there.
You are cutting out an entire macronutrient out of your diet.
Is there any wonder why you are losing weight?
I have some other theories on why Keto may be working well:
- It is simple. You are able to focus on ONE thing. Eating under 50g of carbs. Other diets or more sustainable programs have the typical person focusing on many different aspects, whereas Keto’s main focus is just to have you eating less carbs.
- Momentum. Once you lose that first 10-20 pounds (mostly water weight. Eating less carbs flushes water weight out.), you create momentum which in turn leads to motivation to keep going.
- Lots of support and recipes. There are tons of people on Keto, meaning you have support from friends, online communities, coaches, podcasts, books, all supporting the movement. This helps a lot.
Why I don’t believe it is sustainable long-term:
- Carbohydrates are ESSENTIAL for health. Not only are they delicious, some of the most fiber-rich and nutrient dense foods on the planet are high in carbohydrates.
- If a diet has you skipping social events, catering and changing your entire existence around it, you will not be able to do it forever.
- The goal is to find a way of eating that supports your weight loss goals that does not have you restricting foods you actually enjoy. I will never stop eating my Mom’s lasagna ***
So long story short, find a sustainable approach.
If keto works for you, do it!
But if you feel deprived and tend to binge on carbs on the weekends, you are defeating the purpose of the diet in the first place.
The key to a solid nutrition protocol is BALANCE. 80% Whole Foods, 20% OTHER. Let’s look at making life-long changes, not temporary quick-fixes and shortcuts.
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