Facts can be…misleading.
Especially when a way of eating or lifestyle change becomes a fad. Fads are extremely dangerous. They do not teach the right way of sustainable eating, living or even reveling in a healthier body through putting the right fuel in your body.
My Mom did Atkins the year I got married. She did amazing with it. She lost like 50 lbs or something like that. The Atkins diet is high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates. It is designed for weight loss and is very successful. Now keep in mind, it’s design and it’s purpose.
It has several phases that basically cleanse your system and ‘re-introduce’ foods in a measured way.
At the end of the day, we aren’t shifting the way our body takes food (fuel) and converts it to energy. No new news folks.
The above graphic is literally the easiest way to understand how your body gets energy. Without getting even nerdier by talking about how your mitochondria work, this is the basics.
So what about Keto?
It’s not a diet. It’s not a shift in your eating. It is literally training your body to get energy from a different source. Because of that, we end up eating differently in order to fuel that energy.
I like to think about it this way.
I am a runner. Prior to keto before a big race I would carb load. Pasta, bread…the works the day before to get energy. Be prepared for that 5am race.
Now that I am in ketosis for two years and still run (which is totally a thing) I have an avocado and eggs cooked in coconut oil. My body still needs fuel. I am not depriving it of food. I am not starving it and asking it to work on fumes. It just needs different fuel.
So the big question I get is “how much protein can I eat?” Or the infamous “I now can eat all the butter and bacon I want.” Keto is a moderate protein intake for a reason. Low carb combined with too much protein leads to gluconeogenesis, where the body converts protein to glucose for fuel. We do not want this, and it can prevent us from staying in ketosis.
Basically your body becomes confused because if it goes into Ketosis and then you put too much protein in, it takes that protein and starts breaking it down to glucose (which it wants to do anyways).
Why fads are dangerous
Fads show us that we have no clue what we are doing. That we are all looking for an easy way out and that if there is just a patch, a pill or a shake I can be what I want to look like in my head.
Fads do not have sustainability or accountability.
Fads trick you and your body into getting something (or not) that your body truly needs to be healthy.
Fads are not kind to your body. They have appetite suppressants and caffeine to keep you alert and full of energy but rob you of true nutrition and fuel.
I have heard more than once about a packet of powder that is “keto coffee”. It’s not. If you have to read a list of chemicals to understand what you are putting in your body, it is not Keto.
This is “keto coffee” or “bulletproof coffee”. It’s black coffee, coconut oil and butter blended well (bullet blender preferably). And that’s it. None of these things should come in a packet.
What does fueling your body for Keto look like?
I joke that it takes me less time to grocery shop than I have ever in my life. It’s kinda true. I can’t….retract that…I -choose- not to eat about 80% of what most grocery stores sell. I’d even gamble to say 90%. You see, you can’t buy “keto” at GNC or from any “fitness” program that charges you upwards of hundreds of dollars a month.
Raw, whole, good for you foods. The foods that are only found on the perimeter of the store (depending on the store you shop at). I do a little racetrack around the outside and BOOM, I’m done.
I could go on and on about what is not keto but what I really want to do today is educate.
See, I think education can be fun. It doesn’t have to be boring or make you feel bad about anything. Education makes us smarter, able to make better decisions and overall feel better. I mean isn’t that what it’s all about? I don’t want to live forever, I don’t want to not look old, I don’t have those problems.
I want to have an amazing life where I can run, swim and keep up with my 9 year old. I want to live life with him, not watch it from the sidelines. Health is important. It’s not a size, its not a number on a scale. No one can tell you how it looks or feels. Only you can.
On my Facebook group, I LOVE meeting new people and encouraging them. I get a lot of questions and I love to answer them.
Why are we so confused about eating?
Let’s go to the basics. We all grew up on the food pyramid. The very first “food pyramid” was a Swedish invention and it was an invention of necessity more than anything else. Back in 1970s, Sweden saw its country gripped by high food prices. Yah, that’s right. Not based on what the body needs or how you should eat but based on economics.
In the earliest 1992 version in America, dairy gets its own section, whereas in the Swedish version it is simply bundled along with the other staple foods.
6-11 servings of bread, cereal and rice a day. OMG. I mean maybe a toddler…or my 9 year old when he’s on a toast, grilled cheese kick. I feel bloated just thinking about eating that much bread.That is a hell of a lot if you actually think about it.
Just as a quick reference, the above shows the same foods for four different ways of eating.
Food is energy. Our bodies need food as fuel to keep going.
So the big point about Keto is that you are changing your body’s way of making energy. That’s it. For real. It’s science but it’s not like rocket science or anything.
I told you I would get pretty nerdy and I hate to disappoint.
All my love to all you Ketotarians out there.
Beth The Lazy Ketotarian