You or someone you know may have lost weight on the keto diet, and maybe even their cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar all improved short term. But any weight loss program will bring those numbers initially for people who were overweight or obese.
And what’s not to like right? eggs, bacon, cheese, meat…
But long term, high fat, high protein diets may come with a cost.
7 Things To Consider Before Going Keto
1. The keto diet is 60-80% animal fats and protein. It is basically the low carb diet with a new name. Thousands of studies prove that high animal-fat diets come with a higher risk for every major chronic disease – heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer or even dementia.
2. There are no long term studies to back up the ketogenic diet.
3. You may lose weight short term, but for most people keto is not sustainable long term.
4. Keto is the body’s emergency mode when it has not glucose to use for fuel.
5. Keto is LOW in many essential nutrients that are critical for life as it eliminates an entire food group.
- Enzymes (life energy)
- Prebiotics and probiotics
- Potassium, Sodium, Folate, vitamins C and E, iodine
- Magnesium and Calcium (ultimately leads to muscle cramps, constipation, gallbladder and kidney stones, breast tissue calcification, and heel spurs.)
- Fiber (low-fiber diets are linked to almost every disease, including stroke and breast cancer)
- Phytochemicals (50,000 phytochemicals that provide the phytonutrients that protect against disease, and they all come from plant-based foods)
6. Keto places an excessive burden on vital organs including the kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. This excessive protein harms the kidney’s ability to filter the blood of wastes, hampers the liver’s ability to neutralize and eliminate toxins, and puts a huge burden on the gallbladder, hindering ability to digest fats.
7. Think going keto is harmless?
It is not. Studies in children using the ketogenic diet to treat epilepsy and other neurological conditions have uncovered that, even though the frequency of seizures may tend to decrease, it came at a significant cost. These children were significantly more likely to suffer from an increase in kidney stones, osteoporosis, hyperlipidemia, and even impaired growth.
Nine Nutrition Studies anyone considering keto should read
Consider Going Plant Based Instead
high in whole (plant based) foods with small amounts of animal foods
- High in fruits and vegetables – notorious in the prevention of all diseases.
- High in fiber – colon health, heart health, blood sugar balancing, etc.
- High in essential nutrients, enzymes, probiotics, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals
- Easy on critical organs colon, kidneys, liver, gallbladder
- High in antioxidants
- Balanced and sustainable
- No carb counting, no counting grams of fat or protein
What about protein?
Only 3% of the population is deficient in protein, that would likely be people who are literally starving, while 97% of the population is deficient in fiber. The focus is in the wrong place.
I have been on a plant based diet for 15 years now. I’ve completed several urinalysis tests
and my protein levels are good.
The longest-lived populations around the world routinely eat whole grains, yes, there are people who are gluten intolerant, and they need to avoid gluten. But the root problem with grains is not the whole grain, it’s modern day processing.
And what about lectins? The most nutritious foods contain lectins. People who eat those things consistently have the best health outcomes. There are ten billion Asians over the last hundred years who’ve lived on grains. If grains are so bad, how are they still alive?
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Blessings To You and Your Health!
Catherine Rudolph, CNC
Certified Nutrition Consultant