The keto diet is a very popular fad diet that relies on a state called ketosis, which is normally a state of starvation.
The keto diet mimics starvation by getting the large majority of calories from the macro nutrient fat, and very little carbohydrates.
Your body does not have enough sugar to power itself and instead it converts fat into ketones, which power your body, except for your brain.
This is because your brain still needs to have a certain amount of the sugar glucose (carbohydrates) to power itself and which it has to convert from fat or protein into sugar (carbohydrates).
I talk about reasons not to do a keto diet in this video:
With the keto diet we are looking at a diet that consists of 70-80% of your daily calories coming from fat, with approximately 5% from carbohydrates and the rest from protein. Bear in mind the SAD diet is about 35% fat, so you can see that the keto diet is a very high fat diet.
Now let’s go through some of the very common myths here about the keto diet and the reasons why many people actually try and follow this way of eating.
The 1st myth is that the hormone insulin is your fat storage hormone and you want to keep it as low as possible.
Well, the primary function of insulin is not fat storage, but the uptake of the sugar glucose into the body’s cells to be used as fuel.
So insulin’s primary role is glucose control and not fat storage.
A healthy low fat diet that contains plenty of healthy whole food carbs will not negatively affect your blood sugar levels and cause too much insulin to be produced.
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The next misconception is that carbohydrate is a non essential nutrient.
Well this statement is technically true in the sense that your body can survive without carbohydrates.
The question then is though: is this a healthy thing to do for your body? Absolutely not.
And can we find certain cultures in the world to prove that?
Yes! The Inuit people.
They live on a high fat diet, suffer from severe osteoporosis and atheloscrerosis, severe bone loss, parasites and have a much shorter life expectancy. (1)
How the keto diet can ruin your health and hormones
Many people following a keto diet may be totally unware that there are many adverse health effects from consuming a keto diet.
Just some of these adverse effects include: (2, 3)
- Kidney stones
- Impaired mood and concentration
- Poor growth in children
- Nutrient deficiencies (on doctor supervised keto diets)
- Skeletal fracture
- Heart arrhythmia
- Shift towards very high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood
- Diarrhea, vomiting, nausea
- And more …
There is a well-documented report of the death of a child due to having acute pancreatitis caused by eating a ketogenic diet. (4)
In one study, they even found that 15% of the children on a ketogenic diet had enlarged hearts. (5)
One child was so bad that they had to take him off the diet, after which he then recovered his health.
I talk about it all in my video.
So instead of loading up on fat in your diet and raising your risk of serious health issues, instead go for the healthy high carb, whole foods option that is low in fat and start losing that excess weight and gain all the wonderful benefits that come from eating a high carb low fat diet that so many of our clients experience every single day and reverse so many of their health issues with.
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Kang HC, Chung DE, Kim DW, Kim HD. Early- and Late-onset Complications of the Ketogenic Diet for Intractable Epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2004 Sep 1;45(9):1116–23.
Suo C, Liao J, Lu X, Fang K, Hu Y, Chen L, et al. Efficacy and safety of the ketogenic diet in Chinese children. Seizure – Eur J Epilepsy. 2013 Apr 1;22(3):174–8.
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6 thoughts on “How The Keto Diet Ruins Your Health And Your Hormones”
What is your opinion on exogenous keytones?. I see them advertised on multi level marketing organizations such as doTerra. Seems to me they are just trying to just sell something. I can’t find much information on it.
I would save my money and buy only what benefits my body’s health and that would not include exogenous ketones.
I tried keto (vegan) felt good, but… deinitely put my hormones in a tailspin, and even though I slept well, and had a few positives… I had this weird side effect, of sweating on my cheeks, and nose, after each time I ate. I had a few positives, and felt much more grounded in a weird way, as it was satiating way of eating, but it slow my digestion, got expensive, and I got a bout of pancreatitis :/ Back to 15 (+/-) maximum fat daily, and feel so much better.♡
Well done! Keto is acidifying, toxifying, destructive!
Another study nutrition.facts.org animla protein raises insulin more than an apple
Yes, this shatters the myth that eating animal flesh and high fat is somehow great for having low insulin levels.