5 Keto Myths You Shouldn’t Believe
There’s a ton of confusing — and conflicting — information floating around about the keto diet. So, to make life easier, we’ve rounded up the top keto myths that you shouldn’t believe.
MYTH #1 : The keto diet is bad for your heart.
The keto diet is rich in fats and low in carbs, leading many to believe that it will raise cholesterol and cause heart disease. However, quite the opposite is true: Studies show that a low carb diet actually decreases triglycerides, increases good cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure.
MYTH #2 : The keto diet will cause diabetic ketoacidosis
Ketosis and diabetic ketoacidosis are two very different things.
Ketosis is a metabolic state that happens when the body uses fats instead of glucose for fuel. That means: weight loss!
Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a condition of diabetes that occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin while also being deficient of glucose. Think: passing out, total brain fog. AKA, kind of scary things.
Have no fear, though: a two year Virta-Indiana University Health study showed that NO patients with type 2 diabetes who were on the keto diet experienced Diabetic Ketoacidosis. As always, it's best to consult with your doctor before starting a new diet or eating plan.
MYTH #3 : You have to eat a TON of protein on the keto diet.
Just because there’s a limit on carb-heavy foods doesn’t mean keto is an all-meat diet. In fact, eating too much protein will cause an excess of glucose, removing you from ketosis. Instead,
it’s important to focus on a well-rounded diet of low carb foods, including veggies like broccoli, mushrooms, and spinach, and fruits like avocado and berries.
MYTH #4 : The Keto Diet deprives the brain of much-needed glucose.
Typically, our bodies convert carbs into glucose to fuel us for the day. However, when carbs are reduced the mighty liver steps up to produce the needed glucose for the brain. Studies have found that the keto diet actually improves mood and energy levels while reducing symptoms of depression. Ketosis is now being used to treat neurological conditions like epilepsy and to help improve cognitive performance.
MYTH #5 : Most weight lost on the Keto Diet is just water weight.
Initially, yes, you will lose some water weight. But, have no fear, a recent study shows that just four weeks of low-carb dieting boosts metabolism and burns fat. This study also showed that over the course of four months, patients lost an average of 44 pounds; 87% of which was fat mass, 8% water mass, and 5% lean mass.
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