5 Reasons Why I Don’t Recommend a Keto Diet
by Dr. Michelle McMacken
1. That we know of, no population in history has ever thrived on a very-low-carb/high-fat diet. There is exactly zero scientific evidence that a keto diet is conducive to longevity & longstanding vitality – unlike a plant-centric diet, the foundation of the longest-lived people on earth.
2. A keto diet may cause short-term weight loss, but possibly at a serious price. A 2010 review found that low-carb, animal-based diets increased cardiovascular death by 14%, cancer death by 28%, & all-cause mortality by 23%- trends confirmed in other large studies.
3. A keto diet hasn’t been shown to prevent, control, or reverse type 2 diabetes in the long run. Avoiding carbs will temporarily lower your blood sugar if you have diabetes. But this simply masks the underlying problem, which is insulin resistance – ie, glucose in our blood can’t enter our cells & the liver overproduces sugar. This is NOT the fault of carbs from healthy foods – whole grains, legumes, fruit, or even starchy vegetables. In fact, a high-carb, high-fiber, plant-based diet is exceptionally protective against diabetes & can actually REVERSE insulin resistance & lower diabetes complications. In contrast, low-carb diets can promote diabetes over time, as they foster inflammation & fat buildup in our cells, causing insulin resistance. You may want to try this blood sugar support supplement here for comprehensive herbal blend to support normal blood sugar levels.
4. Keto diet research is in its infancy, focusing on short-term blood results & body weight – not actual rates of disease or death. And some findings are concerning. LDL cholesterol levels tend to rise (or at best, stay the same) on keto diets. An overwhelming wealth of research shows that the higher the LDL, the higher the risk of cardiovascular disease.
5. A keto diet is low in refined grains & added sugar, which is great. But it also can be low in phytonutrients, antioxidants, & fiber, all of which have profound benefits, and it forbids some of the most powerfully health-promoting foods on earth – whole grains, legumes, & many fruits. To me, that’s just not good medicine. Instead of dieting, you try intermittent fasting according to this blog. Intermittent fasting is a powerful technique that allows you to lose weight faster than dieting.
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16 Replies to “5 Reasons Why I Don’t Recommend a Keto Diet”
Really Appreciate this blog post, can you make it so I get an update sent in an email when there is a new update?
I believe that avoiding processed foods may be the first step in order to lose weight. They may taste great, but packaged foods currently have very little nutritional value, making you eat more simply to have enough vigor to get through the day. If you are constantly taking in these foods, transitioning to grain and other complex carbohydrates will assist you to have more electricity while ingesting less. Interesting blog post.
What about Inuit and Masai?
Both groups are bad examples of how we ought to ‘diet’.
Inuit lifespan is 10 years shorter than the rest of Canada and they have a huge rate of ischemic stroke.
Life expectancy in Tanzania is 42 for men and 44 for women. Masai is under 50 years as well.
An autopsy study of 50 Masai men and found that they had extensive atherosclerosis. They had disease (coronary intimal thickening) on par with older American men. Over 80% of the men over age 40 had severe fibrosis in their aorta, the main blood vessel from the heart that supplies the rest of the body with blood.
Both groups are much more physically active than westerners. Both groups have periods of fasting due to food shortages which offer a health benefit.
More info: https://nutritionstudies.org/masai-and-inuit-high-protein-diets-a-closer-look/
More info about proper diet for humans: https://www.arespectfullife.com/2018/08/19/can-we-say-what-diet-is-best-for-health/
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Do the health draw backs you’ve highlighted assume the fat and protein is animal or would it be just as much an issue if they were plant?
Great question Andrea, I have written about the vegan keto diet here: https://www.arespectfullife.com/2018/07/22/is-a-vegan-keto-diet-safe/
In addition, I will be posting soon about dietary fiber and colorectal cancer.
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