I’m sure with all the nay Sayers and skeptics out there, you’ve actually had this thought yourself, is keto safe? I want to give you all the evidence I have researched and after you get to the bottom of my article you can decide if keto is safe or not.
Science behind keto diet
Through science I can’t say yes the keto diet is safe or even no the keto diet is not safe. Yes, there has been much research and clinical trials but there’s more to it than just that. Nutritional science is a broad spectrum of factors, too many to say for sure yes or no in light of the keto diet being safe.
Every person is different on the inside and each person responds differently to diets or lifestyle changes. A lot of people have underlying health issues they are unaware of, thyroid or hormonal imbalance are a few that come to mind. The one factor alone could have significant effects on how the keto way of life works, or doesn’t work.
Factors & Circumstance
Many people have slower working metabolisms than others. For an example: To compare my Fiance and myself. His metabolic rate and his energy levels are always through the roof. He will never have to worry about being over weight or having the motivation to get out of bed. Myself on the other hand, if I look at a carb or one granular of sugar I gain five pounds at least. I have to work at staying healthy and feeling good. High energy levels don’t come naturally to me. One of the many reasons I prefer the keto way of life. I don’t feel restricted or that I’m missing too much. After getting past the first two weeks I don’t even crave sweets anymore, which is a huge plus.
Another factor of comparing my Fiance and myself is that he is a male and I am female and yes this does make a difference as Men metabolize differently than Woman. Men don’t go through as many hormonal changes as women do, from puberty to our bodies changing and getting ready for motherhood right into menopause.
Why you choose Keto
Everyone’s reason for trying the keto way of life also differs. Some want to lose weight, some just want more energy or motivation to want to get out of bed in the mornings, some would like improvement in mental clarity and some just want to be a healthier version of themselves. Other may choose the keto way of life as preventative maintenance and balance their sugars before they do become insulin dependent. myself I know sugar is not good for the human body and before it was ever invented the body made use of sugar in other ways like turning excessive amounts of protein into sugar, or too many carbohydrates. We never needed to add in extra sugar, it is just slowly poisoning our bodies.
Just from being on keto and then falling off for a while I can see a huge difference in how I feel physically and mentally. My blood pressure went down so I am not medicated anymore, I am not on any anti depressants. I don’t retain water like I used to, I can focus so much better, I don’t over react in high stress situations like I used to. I have more energy and even sleep better at night. When I was eating carbs and sugars I was so sluggish and depressed feeling, every day seemed like a chore to get through. As long as I’m strictly following the keto lifestyle I feel 100% better and I’m looking forward to warmer weather so I can get out and enjoy activity and fun with my kids. Which is something I dreaded before, sad to say but it’s the truth. So my why, might be different than yours. Regardless of your reason stay true to the keto lifestyle and it will stay true to you.
I suggest you do your own research and have a consultation with your Doctor, then make your own decision to dive in or not. Another suggestion if you do decide keto is the life style change you need, is to have your Doctor do a complete check up of all your vitals and levels. Then once you have lived the lifestyle long enough to know your in ketosis and reaping the benefits, ask your Doctor to do a follow up of all your vitals and levels. I’m positive you won’t be disappointed.
Generally speaking the majority of results on keto are positive, especially when you truly dedicate your life to it. Just like any other way of living though, you need to be smart about it.
Your not going to feel good if you use all 20 grams of carbs on unhealthy foods. Then you’ve limited the rest of your daily intake or you’ve gone way over. Or if all the fat you’ve consumed is bad fats then again your not going to feel good. This would also be very unhealthy to do and you will not experience any of the many health benefits Keto can offer when done properly.
Be honest with yourself, stay the course and you will see benefits. Everything in moderation stands true for this way of life as well as most things in life.
There are some skeptics that will tell you, you NEED carbs to live. Through a process called gluconeogenesis we actually can survive without eating carbohydrates. Gluconeogenesis is when the body synthesizes glucose from dietary protein. So anything our bodies may need glucose for, the body knows how to create it. How do you think we survived years before sugar was invented.
Another misconception of keto is that the keto diet makes you nutrient deficient. My answer to this is that anyone can be nutrient deficient. On any diet or non diet if they don’t eat properly. In fact most people today eating the standard American diet (SAD) think they are the picture of health when in fact I’m sure they are lacking somewhere.
It is certainly SAD that we’ve been let to believe we need all these sugars and carbohydrates all these years when in reality, those very things are causing so many health problems.
As you will see on the keto diet, its challenging finding foods without sugars and carbs. I said challenging not impossible and if your anything like me, it made me concerned that so many foods contain these harmful ingredients. Know what you’re eating, read labels and ingredients lists, what you put into your body is so important. What has been marketed as safe to put in our bodies is actually quite discerning.
So to get back to the nutrient deficiency, yes if you are careless about what you’re consuming I’m sure you will lack in nutrients you need. If your eating sensibly and eat your leafy greens and keto friendly vegetables for your carb intake, moderate protein and high healthy fats you will be fine.
Unless you are diabetic you really have nothing to worry about in this respect. You would have to literally starve yourself for a long time and even then your body would still find a way to create the insulin it needed. The ketone levels of ketoacidosis are more than doubled the amount we produce when in nutritional ketosis. So the next time someone frowns upon the keto diet and warns you against ketoacidosis, you can confidently say unless I am a type 1 or 2 diabetic and my insulin levels are out of control I have not one thing to worry about.
The reason Keto acidosis may occur in a type 1 diabetics is that they don’t produce insulin. They go into a state of starvation and even though they may have glucose int their blood stream they lack of insulin will not allow it to be absorbed into the cells. In this starvation state their body creates ketones from fat and protein, it continues to do this until its at a critical level. This can potentially happen in late stage type 2 diabetics as well but its not as common.
So this state of ketoacidosis is not even possible for someone who is not diabetic and produces insulin even in small doses. If you are still concerned or worried, put your mind at ease with a ketone tester. I highly recommend the keto mojo, that is what I use. Not because I’m worried about ketoacidosis but because I like to make sure I’m still in ketosis and find out what throws me out of ketosis. Every person is different in their chemical make up, I have learned that different sweeteners have different affects on some people. So it is a good idea to know for certain what can knock you out of ketosis and what does not. Having a ketone meter as home is a great way to keep track.
This is not to say diabetics can not follow the keto way of life. They just have to firstly consult a professional and secondly their carb intake would be higher than the 20 grams per day.
I think that this article should put any of your keto concerns at ease. If not please let me know in the comments below, challenge me. Give me another article topic.
Stay smart, be healthy and Keto ON!