I am not going to try to bash this diet or tell you not to try it out but I will share my experiences with it. I think 95% of anyone that has started their first diet decided to go with low or no carbs; I am guilty of this too. During my first diet, when I was an adolescent, I really didn’t eat much of anything it was border line starvation. The one thing I believed was: Carbs are the fatty devil! I continued this low carb dieting trend into my early adult hood and saw some success. After researching proper nutrition guidelines and how much I really should be eating, I realized my mistakes. I started low carb dieting when I had a lot of fat to lose, around 25-30% body fat, and honestly any form of healthy dietary change or exercise would have probably resulted in some sort of weight loss. My initial weight loss success wasn’t due to low carbs, it was because of a calorie deficit and having a large amount of body fat to burn. I cannot say that I was on a true keto diet as a child because of my low protein intake but as I got older I officially tried it.
During college I decided to try low carb dieting again, possibly attempt number 5. After weeks of low carb dieting I realized that I HATED IT! I was always hungry, I looked very flat, my muscles never really grew, and my gym performance sucked. The main problem I have with this diet, besides my own physiological beliefs, is its sustainability. This diet is extremely hard and the likeliness of you sticking to it over an extended period of time is extremely low. I prefer a well balanced diet with all 3 macronutrients and gradually dropping your carbs over time. Just take a moment to think about it, you’re completely cutting out an entire food group that you have been consuming your entire life! Mentally that is what I was thinking about after I decided to stop this diet.
My opinion and experience with the keto diet is not the greatest but there are thousands of people that have benefited and transformed their lives for the better on this diet. Like I said, give it a try and see if you like it. I hope this helps you!
Before you decide to pick a diet remember:
- Make sure it is enjoyable and you can sustain it for a LIFETIME!!
- This is not a one and done type of lifestyle.
- Losing weight and maintaining your weight loss is an everyday thing.
- Think long term nutrition plan not quick short term diet
- Maintaining a constant caloric deficit is the key
Here’s a link to a Youtuber that loves Keto and has the results to prove it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRknsCfGj4k
Here’s a link to a research article against keto results:
Below is my video discussing the keto diet: