THE KETO KRAZE: THE MYTHS TO BREAK
It’s about time we all accept that there is no stopping the keto diet! Intermittent fasting tried to squeeze in, juice detoxes are still hanging around the sidelines, but KETO has claimed the throne as the go-to diet, especially now that everyone is ready to take up their New Year’s resolutions.
If you’ve decided to commit to this high-fat, low-carb diet plan, then you gotta get your facts sorted. Of course, while every city in Pakistan is now offering up a multitude of plans and home delivery meals, as well as KETO options at eateries, there are still a few myths you need to clear up.
KETO IS FOR EVERYONE
Uhmm… NO. You have to make sure you are medically able to sustain the keto diet, as there are heavy fats involved, which can cause damage to your arteries in the long run. Your age, daily physical activities and eating patterns are all key factors in how your keto journey will go.
YOU CAN EASILY GO ON AND OFF KETO AND STILL KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF
NOT TRUE! Seesawing on keto will just lead you to gain all the weight back, and sometimes even then some. Keto has become such a fad that people don’t understand what they’re getting into and jump into the diet head first. Most people would suggest you have to give it a good three months for not only the pounds to stay off, but for your body to truly adjust to a new way of life. Once you’re off the diet, you are used to eating low carb meals and surviving without sugars.
EVERYONE GETS THE KETO FLU.
Listen, giving up carbs and sugar ain’t easy, so don’t be too hard on yourself that first week. Every person reacts to the ketogenic diet somewhat differently, so it’s hard to say what type of side effects each individual will experience. Some people transition into a state of ketosis smoothly, while others might deal with more fatigue, brain fog, digestive issues and sleep-related problems for several weeks (this phase has been nicknamed “the keto flu”). Remember, it takes three to five days for your body to adjust without the sugars that come from carbs and candy, so expect to be hit with the blues. Just stay hydrated, make sure your body gets the salts it needs, and in no time – you will feel energized and refuelled.
KETO GIVES YOU PERMISSION TO EAT AS MUCH BUTTER AND CHEESE AS YOU WANT
Well, kinda sorta, but no not really. Keto calls for prioritizing unsaturated fat in your diet. So yes, your diet is rich in fats, but that doesn’t mean you’re supposed to fry up a pound of butter in the morning. The healthiest way to load up on fats is to limit saturated fats and to make sure you stay within your macros for the day. But yes, if you are feeling like a snack, or wanna indulge a little – then cheese can become your best friend!
IT’S BASICALLY THE SAME THING AS ATKINS.
Not at all! It’s low-carb, yes, but it’s far from the Atkins Diet. Throwing together a bowl of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon for breakfast, some delicious chicken boti at lunch and a big cut of juicy and buttery steak for dinner sound like heaven, but this is not a high protein diet. Yes, even your protein needs to be eaten in moderation. Excess protein can be converted into glucose, spiking your blood sugar, taking your body out of ketosis, which will surely throw you off course. Make sure whoever you are doing your diet with (and even if it’s at home) that you monitor your net carbs correctly.
KETO IS MY ONLY OPTIONS TO LOSE WEIGHT
This… this may be the worst of them all. While keto has proven to be a great way to shed pounds and buckle up for many – once again you have to remember that it’s not for EVERYONE. A healthy balance and a regimented lifestyle are key ingredients to make the change you are looking for. So never, and we mean NEVER, think that one-way is the only way. Work out, eat clean and maybe, just maybe – you will see the change you are looking for.