This week the ADOFitness trainers will be addressing some of the most common things we get asked about. Coach Jennifer talks about what a keto diet is and the harmful effects that can be caused by it.
What is a “keto diet”? It’s any extremely low carb diet that forces the body into ketosis. Ketosis occurs when people eat little to no carbohydrates and the ketones build up in their bloodstream. No carbs, cause sugar levels to drop and fat is broken down into energy. Ketosis is a mild form of ketoacidosis which is the leading cause of death with people with type 1 diabetes.
There are many problems that can be caused with low-carb diets. With diets such as this, your veggie/grains/legumes/fruit count is really low ( on avg. 30-40 grams ) and without eating carbs you run the risk of getting too little of fiber. Without fiber you can get “backed up” because fiber allows more water in your stool which makes it easier for food to pass through and eliminate waste. Fiber also slows down the process of digestion keeping you fuller longer. Without fiber you’re most likely not getting enough nutrients since fiber foods like whole grains, legumes , fruit, and veggies provide you with healthy micronutrients.
High fat/low carb diets can also cause chronic fatigue. Since carbohydrates are our main energy source, without them it’s not unlikely you will feel tired. Along with this, you are overloading your digestive system with foods that can be hard to digest. At the same time you’re not eating enough plants and micronutrients to help push it through. Plants and fruits detox the body and provide it with more energy. Because of this, high fat diet can also cause acne and dull looking skin. Vegetables and fruit Heal your skin, and provide vitamins A, C, E. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production with which helps with wrinkles. These vitamin sources are only found in plants and fruit which you would not be getting sufficient enough amounts while implementing a “keto diet”. So if you want to glow, you need to eat a wide range of fruit and veggies. 🤗 🍏🍎🍉🍌🍒🥑🍊🥝🥒🍇🍆🍎🥒🍐🌶🍅
Besides those issues, Keto diets are not easy to sustain for long periods of time. Some studies have shown that one of the long term side effects is death! What may work for one person ( short term) can be extremely dangerous for another. Keto diets are basically implemented to lose weight fast but you need to keep in mind the logistics behind this initial weight loss. You’re depleting your glycogen stores when you’re not eating starchy carbs, causing less full muscle tissue and scale weight loss. And yes you most likely will lose some fat in the process of cutting calories through carbs but you can also become very carb sensitive. Then when you begin to add carbs back, your body will blow up and possibly gain all the weight you lost back- plus some. That’s why @ado_fitness believes in a well balanced diet being better for long term results and sustainability🙏🏼 Think about it, are you really not going to eat carbs the rest of your life?