Hi Shashank, what are your views on keto for weight loss?

Q&A ForumCategory: QuestionsHi Shashank, what are your views on keto for weight loss?
Ritika Lal asked 11 months ago
shashankmehta Staff replied 11 months ago

Hey Ritika. That’s a complicated question – deserves a full post (which’ll come in due course). But here are my top thoughts about Keto.

Pros:
1. It works. The science behind it is solid and does deliver fat loss. And that’s actually its biggest advantage. If you are in ketosis, your weight loss is definitely coming from fat loss, which is a BIG assurance that no other regime can give

Cons
1. It’s a tough diet to start and a tougher one to sustain. Hence I see it more as an intervention diet rather than a lifestyle change. So it might help you drop those kilos but if you haven’t done enough research and thinking about what you’ll do after you’re done with keto, then you’re in for trouble. And believe me, getting the kilos back after such hard work can be heartbreaking.
2. It isn’t easy for vegetarians. Given that your protein intake needs to be decently high, vegetarians find it much tougher to execute.
3. Many people think they are in ketosis, but they actually are just in LCHF – which is low carb high fat – which is not the same as ketosis (read this for a quick intro – https://www.sepalika.com/living-well/ketogenic-and-lchf-diet/)
The only way to know you are in ketosis (to know for sure), is to get keto urine strips and make them change color. Let me know if you want leads on cheap ones 🙂
4. It shouldn’t be done for a very long time even if you can. Long term health effects aren’t properly researched and recorded yet. Very small sample size.
5. It can cause a lot of constipation if not done right 🙂

So there. An effective diet that’s very tough to execute. Can’t (and shouldn’t) be done for too long. And needs you to science the shit out of it before you attempt it lest you just end up in LCHF. Still interested in giving it a go – well this is the best resource to start https://www.ruled.me/

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shashankmehta Staff answered 11 months ago

Hey Ritika. That’s a complicated question – deserves a full post (which’ll come in due course). But here are my top thoughts about Keto.
Pros:
1. It works. The science behind it is solid and does deliver fat loss. And that’s actually its biggest advantage. If you are in ketosis, your weight loss is definitely coming from fat loss, which is a BIG assurance that no other regime can give
Cons
1. It’s a tough diet to start and a tougher one to sustain. Hence I see it more as an intervention diet rather than a lifestyle change. So it might help you drop those kilos but if you haven’t done enough research and thinking about what you’ll do after you’re done with keto, then you’re in for trouble. And believe me, getting the kilos back after such hard work can be heartbreaking.
2. It isn’t easy for vegetarians. Given that your protein intake needs to be decently high, vegetarians find it much tougher to execute.
3. Many people think they are in ketosis, but they actually are just in LCHF – which is low carb high fat – which is not the same as ketosis (read this for a quick intro – https://www.sepalika.com/living-well/ketogenic-and-lchf-diet/)
The only way to know you are in ketosis (to know for sure), is to get keto urine strips and make them change color. Let me know if you want leads on cheap ones 4. It shouldn’t be done for a very long time even if you can. Long term health effects aren’t properly researched and recorded yet. Very small sample size.
5. It can cause a lot of constipation if not done right. So there. An effective diet that’s very tough to execute. Can’t (and shouldn’t) be done for too long. And needs you to science the shit out of it before you attempt it lest you just end up in LCHF. Still interested in giving it a go – well this is the best resource to start https://www.ruled.me/