Italked about the vegan diet, and intermittent fasting,

So I thought today I’d dive into the ketogenic diet aka Keto diet review. There is a lot of hype surrounding this type of diet and there has been talk of a lot of benefits.       healthy way of living

So lets talk a little bit more of what this kind of diet consists of.  What you’re allowed to eat. The benefits, the side effects; everything!✓ 

some of protein foods

First thing first: Keto Diet Review

All diets consist of certain macronutrients aka macros.  Believe it or not, I myself didn’t start counting my macros until recently because my fitness coach asked me to track them during my 1month fitness plan.

In general, all diets consist of 3 macros: Protein, Fats and Carbohydrates.

A healthy diet is said to consist of:

  • 20% protein
  • 30% fats
  • 50% carbohydrates

This is quite different from a keto diet in which your primary source of energy comes from fats and protein.✓ 

  • 30-35% protein
  • 55-60% fat
  • 5-10% carbs

You are basically limited to up to 50g of carbs PER DAY and some even go beyond to 20g max.

stacked steaksSo what happens to your body when you decrease your carb intake this much?

healthy way of living

Well, since carbohydrates are usually the main source of energy for the body, when you are in a low carb state, two processes take over:

  1. GLUCONEOGENESIS

    1. Another fancy work for making glucose (sugar) from scratch.Your body can get glucose (sugar) from your diet like carbs or it can make its own in the liver through this process.
    2. Because sugar is the main thing that stimulates the release of insulin, and insulin also stimulates fat and glucose storage. This low carbohydrate state reduces fat storage and helps lower blood sugar.
  1. KETOGENESIS

    1. Once the body cannot make glucose fast enough for the energy requirements of the body, it starts to make ketones.
    2. Just a fancy word for “making ketone bodies” aka keto diet. These ketone bodies produce more energy than regular sugar so its been called a kind of super fuel.

So what are a few of the BENEFITS of this kind of diet?

  1. Fat loss while preserving lead body mass
  2. Can improve symptoms in patients with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) including the mental health related symptoms.
  3. Low carb and low protein diets may actually reverse diabetic neuropathy (diabetic nerve pain).
  4. Can improve glycemic control in obese patients with type 2 diabetes
  5. Low carb diets can also improve blood pressure

What about some SIDE EFFECTS? Well, it can include mild symptoms known as the Keto Flu, which usually get better within a few days or weeks.  This iincludes:✓ 

fish steaks

  1. Headache
  2. Difficulty in exercise tolerance
  3. Nausea
  4. Vomiting
  5. Dizzines
  6. Fatigue
  7. Constipation

Other side effects include:

  1. Diarrhea
  2. Insomnia
  • Backache
  • If you do have type 2 diabetes it can cause hypoglycemic events (low glucose) especially if taking sulfonylureas like metformin. So make sure you consult your doctor before starting this kind of diet. Your glycemic control and the type of medication you’re on, may affect your response to it so don’t just jump into this kind of diet without guidance and observation from your doc.

Those were just some short term effects.. what about more long term effects?

  • Fatty liver
  • Kidney stones
  • Mineral deficiencies
  • LDL (bad cholesterol) might increase (which is odd because another study showed it might improve.. basically we can’t be too sure).

Questions you might ask yourself:chicken grill on a plate

  1. What happens if you stay ketogenic long term?
    1. There was a study where obese participants maintained a keto diet for 24 weeks. Turns out that there were huge benefits to their BMI, total cholesterol, bad cholesterol decreased while good cholesterol increased. Blood glucose decreased too.
    2. DISCLAMER = since the study was done among obese participants, we cannot extend these results to non-obese participants.
  2. Is this diet right for you?
    1. Any diet that can cause the before mentioned side effects is not sustainable, so if you react well or only have these for a short amount of time then why not.
  3. You’re considering doing this diet, what should you do?
    1. Go see your doctor and get checked out. If you have any medical issues made worse with fatty meals, then a diet high in fats should probably not be adopted.
  4. If you’re an overall healthy person, should you do this diet?
    1. If you want to give it a try, and see what happens why not? If you have medical conditions, consult with your doctor first! Actually consult with your doctor anyway whenever you’re starting a new diet.

Fun fact:

  • Did you guys know that colostrum: the first milk that is let down in breast milk is ketogenic? Which means that all newborns can survive and survive well nourished on a ketogenic formula… but remember that colostrum production switches to regular milk production about day 4. Definitely nothing like a longer term ketogenic diet, but still a fun fact in my opinion.✓ 

meat and fish togetherSummary:

Like any lifestyle change, it can be difficult to sustain this kind of diet.  It is safe for otherwise healthy patients to try this type of diet from 2-3 weeks and even up to a year. Just make sure you follow up with your doctor so he can monitor you and your health while you’re on it.  Also remember that tapering OFF the diet is important. What does that mean? Don’t be keto for weeks and suddenly start eating foods high in carbs again.  Make sure you gradually transition from keto to regular diet.

Bottom line is, we know the short-term effects of this type of diet, but the long-term effects are less known.  Although there is good evidence to show that it is good for rapid weight loss that can be maintained for up to 2 years afterwards, and that it can help with glucose control in type 2 diabetics and even help reverse the diabetic nerve pain if the protein is also restricted; anything beyond that is something we just don’t know at this time, which is probably why it is not recommended by doctors.✓ 

Whether or not you have followed or will follow a keto diet I hope you learned something new!

If you have any questions feel free to comment… or just follow me on IG and let me know!

I currently don’t have any plans of trying KETO, but if that ever changes I will definitely let you know and let you follow along just as I did with the vegan diet.

food gives you energy

Stay safe! Stay healthy! And always stay curious!

components of healthy lifestyle

9 COMMENTS

  1. I never knew that colostrum was ketogenic! I actually take this in supplement form every night, it helps with my histamine intolerance issues. I’ve not done the keto diet, but I have a friend with autoimmune issues and she swears by it. Her symptoms disappear by like 90% when she’s on it. As soon as she eats carbs (especially WHEAT), her pain and other symptoms come back immediately. I think it’s amazing that this can help people, but I am unsure of the effects long term. To me, it doesn’t seem natural to burn ketones long term as this was thought of as an emergency fuel back in the day (at least this is what I read), but who knows!

  2. For me personally, the KETO diet made me very sick. I had no energy, my hair fell out, I couldn’t exercise at all. It amazes me that people can exercise without eating carbs! Lesson learned on this one. I lose weight must easier when I have a balanced meal. I think the carbs help me a lot. I also read onetime that carbs help create hormones in the body, especially progesterone. But I think we are all different and this diet probably works well with certain people.

    ALSO I read that the keto diet can actually make insulin resistance worse overtime.

  3. Loved the keto diet, but my friend told me if you stay on it too long, when you go back to eating carbs again, you start packing on the weight again. This happened to her. So, I stayed on keto for about 3 months and eased into the carbs over a few weeks and made sure I was exercising. It worked well. I don’t think I could do keto for an extended amount of time anyway, I missed that quick energy from carbs after a heavy lifting session.

  4. I wonder if the keto craze will fizzle out like Atkins did? I see a lot of people on IG who have lost a lot of weight and they still do keto, so I guess it’s sustainable for them.

    • I think we’re all creatures of habit. We can get used to a lifestyle and stick to it. I think some people enjoy the way a certain diet makes them feel and if they can sustain it, and feel good doing it… then why not continue it. The issue is that we don’t really know the long term effects of such a diet. Most studies show max 6-9 month duration of these diets. Anything beyond that is still unknown.

  5. For me, you raised the most important part about any diet/lifestyle change—sustainability. I am the kind of person who likes a flexible diet plan and for me, food portion control (and proper nutrition) has always been my mantra. I know the keto diet works because I have friends who have had remarkable results and health benefits. I just know from my experience what works for me in terms of wellness, and what doesn’t, and the keto diet doesn’t.

    • That is the most important thing! just because it works for many doesn’t mean it works for you. Especially if it’s not sustainable for you. Thank you for writing!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here