November 6, 2018

Top Keto Diet Myths That We Should Stop Believing

We all have different reasons for wanting to adopt a healthy lifestyle, yet the benefits are all the same across the board. A strong and aesthetically-pleasing body, a sharp mind, and an even better psyche.

One popular dietary method through which one can achieve a healthy lifestyle is a ketogenic diet.

What Exactly is a Ketogenic Diet?

The Ketogenic diet places an emphasis on keeping carbohydrate intake minimal while maintaining sufficient fat intake. The reduction in carbohydrates is going to trigger a metabolic state called “ketosis” wherein the body burns fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. These are just the core concepts. Here’s a more comprehensive guide on what a keto diet is.

It is currently one of the more popular diet types to adopt. And naturally, with as something gains more attention, misinformation is bound to spread. Misinformation spreads even quicker on the internet. This can potentially be harmful to the uninformed (misinformed, rather) reader. So, what myths are we here to dispel?

Myth: Ketogenic Diets Aren’t a Sustainable Health Option

Ketogenic diets are more than a diet change, it’s part of an entire lifestyle. If you make this drastic change, and your body takes to it and healthily adapts, it’s important that you don’t respond by switching back and forth between thsi diet and another one rapidly.

Commit to a ketogenic diet over the long-term to allow yourself properly adjust yourself away from sugar. Once you’ve finished adapting, you need to make the same kind of careful choices when you want to switch back.

Don’t stress your organs by eating carbs like you used to. Instread, gradually re-introduce them. Better yet, stick with one diet for the long term if it isn’t giving you trouble.

Myth: All Fats are Fine to Eat

The idea that one should increase fat intake and lower carb intake gives the wrong impression that you can eat any type of fatty food that you get your hands on. This is not the case.

Saturated fats such as the ones found in red meats increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. An optimal keto diet would be to take in unsaturated fats instead (fish, flax seed, almonds, walnuts).

Myth: Ketosis vs. Ketoacidosis

As previously surmised, the goal of a keto diet is to trigger an optimal state of “fat burning” metabolism. This process is called “ketosis”. On the other hand, ketoacidosis is a condition that happens when there is an excess in ketones. It is potentially-life threatening and should be avoided.

Myth: Protein Should Be Abundant in a Keto Diet

We need to strike a balance in terms of protein intake. The general view on proteins is that they are a must if you want to stay healthy. This is not the case with a keto diet because an increase in proteins will eventually spark an increase in ketones, which is known to trigger ketoacidosis. Thi

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