The Keto diet and why its no good for losing weight

The Keto diet is the most hyped up diet on the net. But it is no good for runners.

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The Keto diet is a diet that is high in fat and low in carbs. This is supported by Catherine Saxelby’s definition of this diet.  You don’t have to count calories or macros as you’ll have everything you’ll need. We need carbs to survive and we need fiber to get rid of the unwanted toxins in our system. Fiber fills us up. We can only eat 50g of carbs which is not much.

It is a way of disordered eating. In the end you crave the carbs in sight. And it gets boring after a week on it.

After a while you get disappointed as you are getting no results.

The Keto diet doesn’t allow for many vegetables to be consumed except for spinach and kale.  As runners too much meat can make us feel lethargic and can make up run a lot slower. Too much meat can clog the digestive system making it harder to run.

As runners we need our minerals. Most of these we can get from our plants. If we are mineral deficient then it is hard for us to get a good run in. Moreover our skin would look really bad.  And we would also cramp really badly.

Runners would also need their carbs as well. A keto diet doesn’t have a lot of carbs. Its mainly meat.

Therefore Keto or any diet for that matter should be off the hook until the off season when we don’t need as much

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5 Comments

  1. You may be tailoring this post specifically to runners rather than about keto in general, but it seems you have some misinformation that has crept in.

    Keto, in the traditional definition, is actually only 20g of carbs. While some people may choose to calculate net carbs vs. total carbs and eat more, 50g of carbs is almost certainly not keto. It is low carb compared to a standard diet, but unless you have tested your body’s ability to stay in ketosis at that level then you likely were not in keto which may account for you feeling it had no benefit. Again, the 20g of net carbs allows you to have more than sufficient fiber as you do not count it against your daily carb quantity.

    Fiber can help fill you up, but so can fat. The body specifically has satiety signals linked to fat.

    There may be some initial cravings, not for carbs necessarily, but for foods you were used to eating. The longer you go without them, the less you crave them. This is mostly true no matter what you have chosen to cut out of your life. Alcohol, cigarettes, gambling… there is a period where you want what you have chosen not to have anymore, and then it tapers off.

    While it does limit how many vegetables you can have by virtue of limiting carbs, there are still a wide variety of vegetables you can enjoy. Not just spinach and kale, but cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini, radishes, olives, mushrooms, avocado, nuts, seeds, and even moderate amounts of berries and some fruits like apple and peach. And probably a ton more I’m not even thinking of.

    Here is a page that gives a great visual of what 20g of carbs looks like and how much you really can have https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/20-50-how-much I am on week 10 and certainly have not been the least bit bored with my options or variety.

    There are many runners who follow low-carb or keto. Whether it’s ensuring proper electrolyte balance or taking supplements, they are capable of running without cramping and many people who are on keto talk of how much better their skin looks on this way of eating.

    Most importantly, though, is your comment on meat. Keto is actually not about mainly meat. Meat consumption should be kept moderate as too much protein can negate the low-carb attempts. Fat is the primary caloric source on a keto diet, and these should ensure a good balance of healthy sources, like fatty fish, grass fed meats, olive and avocado oils, free-range eggs. This also ensures a good balance of things like the Omega fatty acids.

    If you feel you have gotten no results in a week, then I would suggest you may have very unrealistic expectations. If you gave it an honest try for more than a week and still felt nothing, either you were eating far too many carbs (50g vs 20g) and so were not really doing keto, or this diet simply is not suited for you, personally. But that is not a knock on the diet in general, it just may not have been a good fit for you.

    For me, this has been a life saver. My doctor suggested it, and I have found great success on it.

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