5 Keto diet myths
Want to start a keto diet but don’t know where to start? Let’s bust these 5 common keto myths!
1. The ketogenic diet creates ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition:
Ketoacidosis occurs in Type 1 diabetics who are totally unable to produce insulin and therefore there is a high amount of sugar in the blood stream along with ketone bodies.
The ketogenic diet starves the body of sugar to produce ketone bodies that it uses for energy.
2. The ketogenic diet is high-protein diet:
The ketogenic diet is a MODERATE protein, high fat diet. If you eat a lot of protein your body will turn it into glucose and this will stop your body making and using ketones for energy
3. Your body needs high amounts of carbohydrates:
Of the three macronutrients, protein is the only one with a recommended dietary intake. In the absence of carbohydrates your body adjusts to using ketones as its fuel source
4. Saturated fat is bad for your heart:
Years of nutritional advise had us believing that saturated fats led to heart disease which is just not true. Inflammation is the key driver of disease and sugar (what carbohydrates break down into) is the key driver of inflammation.
5. You don’t need to count calories on the keto diet:
If you eat more calories than you consume you will put on weight, and conversely if you eat less calories than you use you will lose weight. The fat that the majority of your calories are now coming form fat, with is 9 kCals per gram instead of carbohydrates which have 4 kCals per gram means that yes you are increasing your calorie intake, however when you factor in the increased satiety factor that fat has, you will soon realise that you tend to eat less.