Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the ketogenic diet. Keto living has become all the rage as of late, but it hasn’t quite phased me... I’m still over here eating donuts and crushing my leg days!
While keto living isn’t my cup of tea, there are some benefits to the lifestyle and I do believe that there is a select group of people who could benefit from the keto lifestyle. However, for the most part, I am a firm believer in eating all the carbs. Here’s my two cents.
What is Ketogenic Living?
Keto is a diet that is extremely low in carbohydrates. The goal of the ketogenic diet is to put the body into ketosis, or fat burning mode, by severely restricting the presence of glucose in the body. Simply put, this means that the goal is to trick the body into believing it’s in a fasted state. With no glucose to burn, the body will reach into its fat stores for energy. Typically those who hold true to this type of lifestyle will aim to consume fewer than 20 net grams of carbohydrates per day to eventually reach ketosis.
What are the benefits?
There are some immediate fat loss benefits that people see when living a keto lifestyle. In addition, ketogenic diets are associated with helping to reduce the risk of: type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and neurological disorders. One major benefits of living a ketogenic lifestyle is that you don’t have to track anything, but can simply opt for no carb foods and stay on track.
Who is it for?
A keto diet is best suited to those who are significantly overweight, living sedentary lifestyles. These people tend to see the greatest results, particularly middle-aged men in this demographic. In fact, I’ve recommended this lifestyle to my dad multiple times!
Our FASTer Way membership ladies actually learned all about keto from a guest expert and tried it for 2 weeks. Many of the women enjoyed the process, but most ended up coming back to the FASTer Way Lifestyle. A lot of the feedback that came back was that women experienced some negative effects on their hormones. For some it can really mess with their cycle and cause them to store midsection fat in the long term. Typically, if I recommend the ketogenic diet, it is to a guy who lives a sedentary lifestyle, has a lot of stress, and needs a good jump start! I am still waiting on the science behind keto living to show long-term results for multiple groups.
Why I don’t do it.
While there are obviously benefits to a keto lifestyle, it’s not something I would ever do for a long period of time. There isn’t enough scientific research to show that it is any more effective than the FASTer Way lifestyle, and it is not nearly as sustainable. A keto lifestyle is far too restrictive for this donut-loving girl. In addition, since the majority of my clients are female, I am regularly looking for ways to improve their hormone function, and carbs actually play a significant role in hormonal health. For that reason alone the FASTer Way doesn’t ever have more than two low carb days in a row, and my FASTer Way clients enjoy the benefits of a low carb lifestyle along with a few donuts and glasses of wine along the way.
Interested in learning more about the FASTer Way lifestyle and giving it a try? We’re saving a spot just for you, so join us for the next round! Learn how to burn fat and look lean—without giving up your favorite treats! Join me and more than 100,000 others who have seen unbelievable results!
Want to hear more of my thoughts on Keto living? Check out my latest FB Live Video!