The Ketogenic Diet – The Flavor of the Month

Constantly looking for the miracle diet that will finally produce the results you want is just another form of procrastination. Fortunately, the weight loss industry is more than happy to provide you with an endless supply of options.

The current flavor of the month is the Ketogenic Diet.

Is the Ketogenic Diet terrible? No, not in the short term. Would I recommend it? NO. The reasons I wouldn’t recommend it are:

1)  Ketogenic and other low carb diets aren’t more effective at promoting fat loss.

2)  Low carb diets aren’t sustainable.

3)  Low carb diets lower your metabolism and make it easier to overeat.

4)  Low carb diets decrease your satiety, which makes it harder to stick with long term.

A basic overview of the diet:

  • Its goal is to put your body in a state of ketosis.
  • Ketosis is a metabolic state in which some of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides energy.
  • Starvation, eating a low carb diet, and fasting are three ways to put your body in Ketosis.
  • Your body prefers to use glucose for energy, but it can convert fat into ketones in your liver to meet your energy needs when it is starved for carbohydrates.
  • Diet Macronutrient Ratios:
    • 60-75% of calories from FAT
    • 15-30% of calories from PROTEIN, and
    • 5-10% of calories from CARBS.

Note: Many proponents recommend keeping your protein intake low, 15 to 20%, because protein can be converted into glycogen.This is a terrible suggestion because protein is crucial for maintaining musclewhile dieting, increasing satiety, is required to repair muscles after training, and has a greater thermogenic effect than any other macronutrient.

1)  Ketogenic and other low carb diets aren’t more effective at promoting fat loss.

Low carb proponents will site the studies below, but if you look at the studies closely, you will quickly realize that the high carbohydrate diets are also low in protein, the most important macronutrient when on a weight loss diet, Learn More.

When you examine better designed studies, in which the protein levels remained consistent for the low carb and high carb diet subjects, you find no significant difference.

2)  Low carb diets aren’t sustainable.

Low carb diets suck. Even after your body switches over from using glucose to using ketones for energy, you just don’t have the same vigor and vitality.

3)  Low carb diets lower your metabolism and make it easier to overeat.

The ketogenic diet advocates a high fat consumption. Your body only burns 5% of the calories consumed from fat during digestion. That is half as many calories burned during digestion as carbohydrates, and six times less than protein. So a high fat diet will result in a slower metabolism.

It is easy to over eat on a high fat diet because fat is very calorically dense. One gram of fat contains more than twice the number of calories as a gram of protein or carbohydrates.

4)  Low carb diets decrease your satiety, which makes it harder to stick with long term.

Dietary fat doesn’t promote satiety while a high fiber and high protein diet does.  It is much easier to stick to a diet when you feel satiated, i.e. you aren’t starving!

The best way to transform your body is to:

1)  Create a caloric deficit

2)  Eat a high protein diet

3)  Strength train two to three times a week

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Low carb diets have been around for over fifty years. The Ketogenic Diet, like Adkins before it, is just another rebranding of a low carb diet. 

I recommend you follow a diet that is sustainable and more balanced; 40% protein, 40% carb, and 20% fat. As you get leaner, less than 15% body fat, you might need to increase your protein intake and reduce your carbohydrates intake 5-10%.

Discipline pushes us, motivation pulls us, but good habits keep us moving towards our goals.

Best wishes and Best Health!

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