The Keto diet has skyrocketed in popularity, especially around New Years, making big promises of losing unwanted weight. Before we talk about what Keto is, can we talk about what Keto is NOT?
The Keto diet is not a silver bullet. Like so many other diets out there, getting on a diet won’t fix your health. Being healthy is more than a number on a scale. It involves finding movement you enjoy, paying attention to hunger and fullness cues, emotional wellbeing, and managing stress.
The Keto diet is not for everyone. There are some things about the diet that are difficult and it may not be the right for you or now may not be the right timing. That’s ok.
The Keto diet won’t reconcile a bad relationship with food. Many of us turn to food to comfort us when we are stressed or bored. It’s important to make space to reflect on why this is and how we can have a healthier view of food. This is hard emotional work that is best done in therapy, but any step forward is courageous.
The keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb, low-moderate protein diet. It’s all about limiting or eliminating carbs so that your body can enter ketosis. Ketosis on the other hand, is a metabolic state in which your body is consistently burning an alternative type of fuel called ketones. To produce these ketones, the liver must be triggered into a process called ketogenesis.
Ketogenic diets have been shown to:
The Keto diet works in two ways:
1) Eat the right kinds of food.
What you can eat:
What to avoid:
3) Prepare for the Keto Flu
As your body transitions to ketosis, a common side effect is fatigue, mental fogginess, or other flu like symptoms. Help your body make the transition with these 3 steps:
Going on a Keto diet may be difficult at first. That’s probably why most New Year’s resolutions to lose weight fail and the truth is, that’s OK! At the end of the day, it’s not really about keeping a resolution nor is it about starting the new year with a diet for the sole purpose of looking better. It’s about getting healthy in both mind and body, accomplishing goals slowly but surely, and turning this into a way of life all 365 days of the year.
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