Of all the diet ‘fads’ I’ve seen over the years, I’m not surprised to see that the keto diet hasn’t faded away. This diet is still popular in North American culture – either as a tool used in the short-term for weight loss, or used more long-term for benefits such as better digestion, clearer thinking, and enhanced energy.
I’m not saying the keto diet is for everyone – but I’m saying that there are a lot of people out there who love it. Different things work for different people, and I can certainly appreciate that. About two years ago, I went keto for six months. I loved the results – I felt awesome in terms of energy, and my mood was the most stable it’s ever been. However, for me, it wasn’t a lifestyle I could see myself committing to – hence, my switch to intuitive eating.
Anyways, back to the subject at hand. I talk to a lot of people who have or are thinking of switching to the keto diet. Many ask for my opinion, so here’s what I think.
I think so many people, to the detriment of their own health, are doing it wrong. Getting into a state of ketogenesis is about more than just giving up carbohydrates. It’s a metabolic shift that forces your body to find an alternate source of fuel besides carbohydrates. That is why it is important to increase your fat intake while on a keto diet.
I can’t tell you the people I’ve spoken to who have given up carbs in an effort to better their health, only to be discouraged when they feel fatigued and low energy. The first question I ask is about their fat sources, and many people are suprisingly unaware of the importance of this aspect of the keto diet.
But knowing that increasing fats is only half the battle – it is also important to know what kinds of fats are best to implement. For example, bacon is high in fat – and many on the keto diet enjoy it. However, this wouldn’t be an ideal fat source to fuel your body day-to-day. Ideal fat sources are healthy, nutrient dense, and high omega 3 fatty acid fats. A few ideal ones that can be implemented daily would be avocado, coconut oil, walnut/almond oil, nuts and seeds, and grass fed butter.
Avocado oil is excellent for cooking with, and so is coconut oil, as both are stable at high temperatures. Nuts and seeds are easy to add on to any meal. Avocado can be made into guacamole or blended into smoothies. You can cook with grass fed butter as well.
If you decrease your carbohydrates and you don’t increase fats, your body struggles to find a source of energy – and ends up relying on protein. This can result in break down of muscle tissue, among many other side effects as well.
Don’t be afraid to utilize the tools available to you when making a serious lifestyle change, especially one that can effect your body system functioning profoundly! Reach out to a Holistic Consultant, talk to an expert in the field – even utilize Youtube videos and articles – the information is all there – and I encourage you to grab it.
That’s my two cents on Keto, and how to do it the right way. How do you guys feel about it?