There are a lot of questions surrounding keto, and I thought I would share my answers for the top results on answerthepublic. I won’t waste your time with back-story here, because I know that’s frustrating. So without further delay, here are your top keto questions answered.
Are keto diets dangerous?
This is a question that honestly depends on where you’re coming from with your health. There are some important things to consider, like pre-existing conditions, which may impact your success and the effect keto will have on your body. Always consult with your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise regimen to ensure you will be ok on that plan.
That being said, keto has given me no reason to believe it’s dangerous for someone starting in my condition. Not only did I lose 40lbs, I was able to keep that off thanks to maintaining a keto way of eating.
Can keto make you fat?
Ah, this one’s pretty common. When you look at the food involved in a keto diet, without any background on the plan, you’d probably think that keto-ers are just waiting for a heart attack. Spoiler: my health is fine and I’m not on the verge of a clogged artery.
The term “keto diet” really breaks down to 2 parts – keto and diet. Keto, like we established in the last question, is an eating regimen that aims to put you into “ketosis,” or the nutritional state where your body prioritizes fat (ketones) for fuel, rather than carbs.
Nutritional ketosis is not ketoacidosis, and in fact, that’s near impossible on a keto diet. Ketoacidosis occurs when your body has a high amount of ketones and glucose concurrently. Since you’re not eating sugar (or other items that cause a high insulin response) on keto, you won’t experience ketoacidosis.
The term “diet” implies that you are eating a specific amount of macros to reach a goal, like weight loss, weight gain, or maintenance. Weight gain on keto is the same as weight gain on any other food regimen. It boils down to an equation of energy out-food in=net gain or loss.
- If you’re eating a calorie surplus on any meal plan, you’ll gain weight.
- If you’re eating a calorie deficit on any meal plan, you’ll lose weight.
The benefit of using keto to reach your goal is that it naturally controls hunger and insulin response, so many people have found it easier to lose weight, keep it off, and sometimes heal long-term conditions (like Type 2 Diabetes) when maintaining a keto meal plan.
What do I do when keto stops working?
Well, you have a few options here. If you feel that keto has “stopped working,” you may just be hitting a plateau. A true plateau happens after about 3-5 weeks of stalled weight loss. A plateau will happen for everyone, and if you’re experiencing one, don’t panic! Here’s what to do:
Step away from the carbs. I know it might feel like you want to quit and carb load, but keep going!
It’s not all about the scale. You may have experienced other non-scale victories. Take a look at the way your clothes are fitting or how much energy you have. Have you noticed it’s easier to climb some flights of stairs lately? Celebrate! Your numerical weight measurement should not be your only measurement of success.
Take a look at what you’ve been eating (or drinking). Are you going hard in the bulletproof coffee? Does it include MCTs? Or have you had a few nights with alcohol lately? MCTs and Alcohol are a little similar in that your body prioritized the metabolization of those before it prioritizes its own fat stores, which can cause a slow in weight loss. You also may need to readjust your macros to accomodate your weight loss! Carb Manager has a great auto-calculator for macros, but you need to readjust it every 10lbs or so.
How’s your fitness? If you’re overtraining, or if you just started a new fitness plan, your body is holding on to extra water to repair your muscles post-workout. Make sure you’re feeding those muscles with protein, and also make sure you’re allowing for rest days afterwards. Don’t stress about a few extra pounds if you’re active – your body is doing what it needs to do to sustain your output. Thank it for allowing you to get stronger.
You need to get sleep. A large factor in weight loss is recovery, and if you aren’t getting enough sleep, then your cortisol levels will be too high to allow for weight loss. If your body is stressed, it will hold on to that weight to survive. Learn more about cortisol levels on keto here.
KCKO. This stands for Keep Calm and Keto On, which means that you just need to chill out.
And if you’re feeling frustrated and you made an oops (AKA you went off-plan) just own that mess and move on from it. You can jump right back into keto, and once you get over the induction period, you’ll feel just fine.
Which keto pills are the best?
I’m not 100% sure where this question comes from, but let me make an observation about the diet industry really quickly, which I think will tie into the answer of tbis question.
Millions of people are out there looking for a “magic pill” to cure their problems – including weight loss – and this is evidenced by the hundreds and thousands of companies that prey on those consumers by selling placebos. This is predatory. No matter where you go in life, there will always be someone looking to make a quick buck off of the desparate. Don’t fall into that trap with keto.
Ketosis (aka Keto) is a nutritional state that is achieved by eating a small amount of carbs, moderate amount of protein, and a higher ratio of fat. Typically, this ratio is 5:25:70, respectively. No pill (including gut blockers, carb blockers, and ketones) will put you into ketosis. You’ve got to do it nutritionally. So, the answer is, no keto pills are the best, because they won’t put you into ketosis. Don’t waste your money on funding the diet industry.
Where do I start?
Here’s what my experience has been. There are loads of resources out there for starting keto, many of them free, many of them paid. The free ones are hit or miss on quality and depth. You’ll also have to go through a sea of ads to get a lot of the information, and if it’s not all in one place, it’ll take you a while to put together the pieces to understand where to start.
The paid ones out there are expensive, and they likely won’t offer much more than the free versions, except for being ad-free.
But you’re in luck! I created an 11-page guide that includes everything you need to know to start keto without having to dig through a billion web pages – and you can download it as an eBook! It’s called Basic Bitch Keto, and it’s my guide to keto for beginners. This is where I point everyone who wants to start keto.
The people who have downloaded it so far have been able to kick-start their weight loss journey with keto and better understand how to be self-sufficient once they finish the guide.
Want to learn more? Check it out here!
I hope that answered some of your questions about keto. Have more? Drop them in the comments below!
Until next time,