This past week there have been three articles, aka reviews that were Attacking The Keto Diet claiming that it is not a healthy diet and in fact might be harmful. One thing I noticed is that they attack the keto diet as a whole and did not go into the 4 different types of keto diet. There are a lot of reasons below the surface as to why they might attack it, and I think most of us know what they are.
First, and I will say this more than once, I AM A CHEF. I AM NOT A TRAINED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. NOTHING I WRITE ABOUT ON MY BLOG SHOULD BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE. BEFORE CHANGING YOUR LIFESTYLE AND BEFORE STARTING ANY DIET YOU SHOULD CHECK WITH YOUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL AND GET HIS/HER APPROVAL. EVERYTHING SHARED ON THESE PAGES IS ONLY MY OPINION.
O.K. Lets talk about the reports: By lumping everything into one plan they overlook that there is no standard ketogenic diet and the amount of carbohydrate, protein and fat consumed while following this diet can vary for each person. While they call it a fad diet, it has been around since about 1924 which is long before the other diets available today were even heard of.
At the European Society of Cardiology Congress, Maciej Banach, a professor at the Medical University of Lodz in Poland who helped write one of the studies stated, “Our study suggests that in the long-term, [low-carb diets] are linked with an increased risk of death from any cause, and deaths due to cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and cancer.” The key here is “Long-term”. Two questions I have are how long is “long-term” and why did he not follow that with information about the long-term effects of being over weight might be.
I was going to go into a rant about all three of the reviews but instead of wasting my time with them, I decided to share with you some of the keto professionals that I follow. There people are on the cutting edge of the science of the ketogenic lifestyle and if you have questions I suggest you visit You Tube and listen to some of their lectures. There are many more experts but these are the ones I follow.
Dominic D’Agostino, PhD Professor, Neuroscientist, Researcher
Thomas Seyfried, PhD Professor, Cancer Biology Researcher, and Author
Jeff Volek, RD, PhD Professor, Exercise Science and Clinical Researcher, and Author
Dr. David Jockers, DNM, DC, MS. Functional Nutrition Expert
Thomas DeLauer, Trusted Health Coach & Advisor, He really brings the science behind the diet front and center and well worth listening to.
There are many others but these are the 5 that I listen to most often. I listen when I am walking my 8500 to 10,000 steps each morning. You might even tune them in and play a lecture while you are driving to and from work. There is so much positive energy it is sure to uplift your day.
I will repeat here, I am not a doctor so do not take anything on this blog as medical advice but I would like to share with you that I took high blood pressure pills for about 30 years. That was before I started living a ketogenic lifestyle and lost 105 pounds. My doctor took me off the pills a few months ago and my pressure is now in what the World Health Organization considers Optimal. I don’t know if the keto diet had anything to do with that because it was the same time that I started walking 10,000 feet daily. I’ll let you decide. I will say that if you are taking high blood pressure pills or any kind of medical program, continue to follow your doctors advice.
Here is the program I follow as closely as possible. I follow a ketogenic lifestyle for 12 days then switch to a Paleo Lifestyle for 2 days. This allows me to raise my good carbs by about 75g per day and without getting to crazy, eat and enjoy some of the other great foods like black beans and sweet potatoes.(No white starches).
The Ketogenic lifestyle has given me other great benefits besides just losing all that weight. I have lifted the brain fog that I did not even know I had and my energy level is so much higher. So before you buy into those negative reports that are Attacking The Keto Diet, remember they have a goal which for some is to put people on pills for life. There is big money behind them. Review everything with your medical professional and follow her/his advice but remain alert and listen to the medical people that promote a keto diet. Then tell your doctor to listen, he/she might be surprised.
I have a keto/Paleo Facebook group and you are invited to join us where we can exchange ideas and answer questions about the keto and paleo foods and recipes. Just click HERE to join our family of Whole Food Low-Carb keto/paleo Enthusiasts on Facebook..
Today’s Parting Thought: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”…..Hippocrates.
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