In case it wasn’t clear from the title, keto diet is unequivocal, A-grade bullshit. In this article, I’ll give you 4 reasons why you shouldn’t swear off carbohydrates by jumping on ‘all-mighty’ keto diet
Keto diet is up there with a bunch of the other bullshit running wild in the industry like detox or apple cider vinegar.
Keto sounds… cool, I know. You are “hacking” your body to make ketones while drinking bulletproof coffee with butter in it. Which you are not.
Burning dietary fat is not the same as burning stored fat:
With that aside, you can see I don’t share the same disdain for keto like many people. Let me explain why.
When it comes to a diet, you are looking for something that is:
- Possible to eat that way a year from now
Let’s tackle them one by one to deconstruct keto diet.
Is Keto Diet Enjoyable?
There is a pretty good chance you might have found keto diet enjoyable. But (yep, there’s that ugly ‘but’ lurking around the corner) chances are you haven’t been doing it for long enough because…
There two kinds of people in this world (as Jay Alderton once said):
- People who like carbs and…
Which are you? Are you a dude/gal who likes carbs or you are a liar? Truth is, aggressively restricting or omitting carbs from your life is horrendous.
As I said in my book, what are you going to do when you go out with your family or friends? Are you going to say no to a pie? Beer? Wine? Anything that contains sugar? Of course, you are not. You are going to eat them!
So why the hell should you bother with dietary principles that are impossible to follow unless you wave goodbye to your social life?
Is Keto Diet Maintainable?
Maintaining keto is impossible for most people. Aaaand if you’re like most poor souls out there following keto who introduce carbs back to their diets, then sorry… you’re back to where you started.
If you can stick to keto for the rest of your life, kudos to you. But let me ask you this:
You swear off ‘toxic’ carbs for five days and end up binge eating by trying to figure out how many Pop-Tarts can you fit in your mouth at once on Saturday night.
Does that sound maintainable? In my book, absolutely friggin’ not.
The fundamental truth of any successful diet is to create an energy deficit which you could maintain for a long period of time. If you fall off the wagon on Saturday, you WILL wipe out five days of caloric deficits you have created in one day of runaway gluttony.
Sayonara calorie deficit…
So, is keto maintainable? Hell, no.
Is Keto Diet Sustainable?
Here is what I’ve written in my book:
Sustainability is exactly why I am not a fan of the keto diet as a weight loss tool.
Yes, it forces you to eat fewer junk foods, more whole foods, and often fewer calories, but the amount of restriction and resistance it creates makes it nearly impossible to follow long-term.
Especially for regular people with regular lives.
If you have been struggling to stay consistent with keto, I want you to pay close attention to what I’m about to say…
Your diet should help you eat fewer calories, fewer junk foods, and more whole foods. But in a way that fits around your life as much as possible.
The reality is, this cute girl/dude you kind of know through someone on Facebook who says is on keto isn’t actually on keto! Take A to Z study4 by Gardner et al as an example.
Adherence to the Atkins diet (the more enjoyable version of keto) degenerated throughout the trial. Subjects started with 17.7% (compared to 5% that’s allowed on keto) calories coming from carbohydrates.
By the end of the trial, the number went to 34.5%.
So, people who say they are on keto, ARE NOT. Rather, they are on modified high fat, high protein, and medium carb diet.
So yeah, keto is far from being sustainable. With that said, let’s cover the most important factor of all…
Can You See Yourself Following Keto A Year From Now?
Ask yourself this: what’s your favorite food in the world?
Don’t know about you but mine is a coconut bun that I bought right on the street from a lady on Siargao island in the Philippines. The most delicious bun I’ve ever had!
I’m pretty sure your favorite food is carb-based too. And if you stop eating food that you enjoy for the rest of your life, would it make your diet more sustainable, enjoyable and maintainable?
Of course NOT! You would be a miserable human being to hang around.
The premise of a successful diet is that you should see it as a way of eating a year from now because if you can’t sustain the method you used to lose weight, then the question is not ‘if’ but ‘how quickly’ you will regain the weight back.
Keto might help you lose weight short-term but it’s rubbish long-term.
And here is the last nail to a keto diet coffin:
Your body gets in ketosis after 10-12 days when you take carbs out of the equation. You have three ways to test ketone levels in your blood at that point. The only somewhat accurate and cheap is… urine strips. In plain English, peeing on a stick (wait, wut?).
Just think about it – to find ketone levels in your blood you need to pee on a stick… Pee on a STICK! Are you going to piss on a stick every two weeks for the rest of your life just to see if keto works? I dunno, I hope you aren’t.
So, is keto enjoyable? No.
Maintainable? Hell no.
Possible to follow a year from now? Not on the planet Earth.
This is why I don’t recommend keto diet. You aren’t eating your favorite foods, you are anti-social and you have to pee on a stick. Does short-term weight loss is so important to you to do all that?
If keto requires that much effort and sacrifice, why don’t you just track your macros? Download a calorie tracking app and track every morsel of food that you put in your mouth. It takes a lot less time to log your food than it is pissing on a stick.
Fat loss doesn’t have to be so complicated. As long as you know the fundamentals of fat loss, you can eat carbs and still lose weight.
Eat carbs, enjoy your food, track your macros and if you need professional assistance, that’s why I’m here for.