SAY NO TO KETO 🏻♀️
(see my blog post for much more detail).
The keto diet claims to help with weight loss, athletic performance, and energy levels amongst other things, however, in general the benefits are exaggerated, risks are downplayed, and science takes a back seat to marketing.
Keto is a high fat, low carb diet where fat is broken down into ketones which are used to fuel the body.
Foods you can eat: oils, avocado, cream, butter, cheese, nuts, non-starchy veges, meat, eggs, and fatty fish.
Foods you avoid: most fruit, root veges and tubers, beans and legumes, wholegrains and starches, milk, desserts and baked goods. Therefore if not done well, you can end up eating a lot of nutrient poor foods!
People usually lose a lot of weight fast due to water loss from severely restricting carb intake (as carbs retain fluid), and continue to lose weight because they’ve suddenly stopped having fizzy drink, cakes, burgers, potato chips and other unhealthy foods. However, there is limited evidence to show the weight is kept off in the long term, or that in the long term it is any more effective than other popular diets.
On the plus side you’ll be avoiding the generally over-consumed highly refined carbohydrates, but there’s no benefit if these are mainly replaced by bacon, cream and butter.
Diets that eliminate entire food groups are a red flag! It may lead to short term weight loss but it is difficult to follow, lacks nutrition and has potential health risks from cutting out major food groups and increasing saturated fat intake. At best, if managed carefully, it is a short term diet however it does not teach habits that create a long term healthy lifestyle. - 20 hours ago