So before I go on about my rant on Keto diets, let’s get one thing very clear. I think that the Ketogenic diet is a great diet. It is definitely NOT a fad diet and it sure as hell works. The Ketogenic diet is actually scientifically backed with the right research and such. So, why am I writing this article if I support Ketogenic diets? Well, here’s why.
Long before Ketogenic diets even became a trend, bodybuilders were losing fat successfully. It is not the only diet that one can follow in order to lose fat. Surely, excessive dependency on carbohydrates is the reason for fat gain and other metabolic diseases, but that doesn’t mean we need to follow a fat loss diet which eliminates carbohydrates completely from the diet. Follow a diet that suits you and your lifestyle. Not a diet that gives you massive mood swings, constipation and potentially shut you out socially. It may not be the best, it may not be as effective as the others, but if it’s something you can pull off to reach your goals. Go ahead!
You have a job, a social life, friends and family. You love going out and have good food. But on a Ketogenic diet, you will always be under the fear of flipping out of ketosis, just because you took a bite from a burger. Is that even logical? People have seen great results on keto but honestly, ask yourself- is it really a practical diet to follow? How many common people out there can actually survive without carbohydrates before losing their minds and finally failing the diet? Indian food uis predominantly carbs based, and people will find it very difficult to stay without carbs for a long time. An “Indian” non vegetarian, on an average, has meat only once or twice a week in his household. Apart from this, vegetarians will find it extremely hard to follow a Ketogenic diet. The ones who are okay with paneer and eggs will do okay but will get bored really soon. The ones who are completely vegetarian and avoid even paneer and eggs, will find it impossible to follow this diet.
Many Indians are vegetarian not because they love to eat vegetarian food but perhaps because they cannot afford non-veg. I mean look at the rate at which the prices are rising for meat products. Mutton is now at Rs 400 per kg, Chicken is about Rs 300 and paneer isn’t too cheap either. Eggs are probably the only things which are doing okay, price wise, for now. Beef, an excellent source for fat and protein, is banned from most states in India. Although these prices are still affordable, there’s still a huge part of the population that will still find this expensive. (A vada paav costs only Rs.10 by the way). Hence, following a keto diet may not be affordable for everyone.
A Ketogenic diet comprises of high fats, moderate protein and extremely low carbohydrates. Most people confuse Ketogenic diets with high fat and high protein. Let us be very clear here- protein taken in huge quantities can also convert into glucose. The process is called gluconeogenesis. The reason why carbohydrates are eliminated from a Keto diet is because a Ketogenic diet involves no glucose. Since high protein can potentially convert into glucose, it cannot be consumed in large quantities. High protein intake will kick you out of ketosis!
Okay, so as I said earlier- high fat, moderate protein and zero carbs is what makes up a Ketogenic diet. But it’s not that simple. We are dealing with the human body here guys. Your body has to be in a Ketogenic environment first, in order for ketosis to take place. Only when this happens, will your liver start producing ketons or keton bodies. The point I am trying to make is that, Just because you follow the perquisites of a Ketogenic diet, doesn’t mean you are in ketosis. A lot of people like to talk about how they are on a Ketogenic diet like it’s some new fashion trend , when in reality they probably haven’t even done a keto test to see if they really are on ketosis or not. Sorry to burst your bubble!
6) Don’t Hope To Build Decent Muscle On Keto
There are a few folk who think that following a Ketogenic diet is not only great for fat loss, but you will also gain muscle in the process. Although for a beginner, it really won’t take much for his body to respond to hypertrophy, the human body needs glucose for the process of building muscles. Since the Ketogenic diet involves no glucose, it is too farfetched to think a keto diet is good for muscle gain as well. For those who want to stay away from carbohydrates and still put on muscle, they can follow a diet called the glucogenic diet. Where the quantity of dietary fat and protein will be really high and carbs will be extremely low. This diet won’t put you into ketosis due to its huge amount of protein intake but will provide enough glucose and protein for muscle growth.