Do What Works
I would like to start by saying that I think any “diet” such as the Keto Diet or any way of eating that keeps one feeling satisfied, happy, nourished and in a healthy body weight is a good diet. A diet that works well for you is a diet that works well for you. I am not strongly for or against any reasonably mainstream diet that works for you.
Having said that I would like to give the Ketogenic community the opportunity to help educate me on a few of the “theories” of the Keto Diet that do not quite make sense to me.
Keto Diet Basics
The Keto Diet, or Ketogenic Diet, is a high fat, low carbs and low to moderate protein diet. The idea is that eating a high percentage of fat will put the body into a state of “Ketosis” and then use “Fat” as a primary fuel source. The explanations can become far more complex but this basic premise should suit the purposes of this article.
I have heard the argument for the Ketogenic Diet that goes something like this:
“Those who eat carbohydrates regularly will have elevated levels of the hormone insulin in their bloodstream which makes it difficult for the body to burn fat.”
“Those in Ketosis will burn body fat between meals while those who eat carbohydrates will have a tougher time using body fat for fuel.”
Keto Dieters Question 1
Did I get the above correct under “My Interpretation”? Am I being unfair or missing something important? Let me know because I am not trying to put a spin on the subject and I want to really understand what I may be missing for the benefit of me and my readers.
How I Burn Fat From the Diet Only Perspective
In the past I have used 90/10 rules to guide my eating decisions and it worked fantastic! I have tried “low carb”, “intermittent fasting” and other diet strategies. Currently I count calories with an application, I eat frequent meals throughout the day, I eat about 45% carbs, 30% protein and 25% fat. This is not a recommendation for others but it works great for me, it is pain free, I’m satisfied, I’m strong, I enjoy delicious foods, I have a single digit body fat percentage etc.
I have carbs in my system through the entire day and I have quite a few carbs like low fat ice cream, fruit and toast and jam after my workouts.
Keto Dieters Question 2
When does my body burn body fat with carbs in my system and insulin in my blood on a regular basis? Why is my body lean if I am not in “fat burning mode” for most of the day?
Keto Dieters Question 3
In regards to “fat loss” is the Ketogenic Diet more about “appetite control” than it is about burning more body fat than a “balanced diet” approach?
Keto Dieters Question 4
In regards to “fat loss” is the Ketogenic Diet more about controlling the bodies energy balance, “Calories In vs Calories Out” than it is a “body hack” to burn fat? Although the Ketogenic diet burns “more fat”, isn’t more fat being consumed which would have to be accounted for as well?
Again, I think that any diet that works for you and nourishes the body is a good diet. I am not against the Ketogenic diet at all. However, I do hear pro-keto arguments that do not seem to hold up to scrutiny and I wanted to find out if there is something to be learned.
As a fitness enthusiast and self tester for the past 26 years I have the following theories. I understand that there are many potential benefits of the keto diet outside the scope of fat loss discussed here. I also think many people misunderstand how the Ketogenic diet may help them. I think the keto diet may be great at helping some people with appetite control and for others it may be a total disaster. I also think that just like a “balanced diet” the Keto diet is more about controlling the energy balance of calories burned versus calories consumed than it is a superior way to burn off excess body fat.
At the end of the day it comes down to calorie consumption versus calories burned and it is not a special body hack that easily produces a leaner individual.
Because the Keto Diet restricts such a delicious part of my day, eating some carbs in a balanced meal, in regards to fat loss, I do not see an advantage to the Keto diet over a balanced approach.
Keto Supporters Question 5
When it comes to “fat loss” and the Ketogenic Diet, what am I missing? Please address my questions in the article and let me know below. A considerate and compelling rebuttal would be really interesting and welcome!