In this episode, Katrina Mills and I discuss ketogenic diets and the type of ketogenic diets that are out on the market at the moment. We discuss their use in medicine treating kids with epilepsy and more commercially in adult weight loss.
We explore some of the negative side effects of going ketogenic, as well as some of the results people are experiencing on the ketogenic diet. If you like this episode please tell your friends, write us a comment below and rate the show on iTunes!
Why I wouldn’t follow a Ketogenic Diet
With Gabby & Katrina Mills
- Low carb, high fat Ketogenic diets are very popular on social media and a wide range of people are trying it.
- 80% of diet comes from fat and 20% comes from protein and a very small amount of carbohydrates.
- Body uses ketones (from stored fat) for energy instead of glucose. Keeps the body in a fat-burning state as fat is used for energy instead of glucose. Popular with bodybuilders.
- Used in some medical circles to treat children with epilepsy as it may help prevent seizures in children who are non-responsive to medication (but studies have shown it only helps 30% of these children).
- Organ damage is a warning of this diet and when it is used for children with epilepsy, strict medical supervision must accompany the diet.
- The calories you’re eating must be strictly monitored to make sure you’re not eating more than your body needs.
- This diet maybe unsustainable in the long-term for a lot of people.
- Cons: places a huge stress on liver and kidneys and kidney and gallstones are a possible side effect of the diet.
- The food plan is very rigid: 80% coming from fat needs to be a lot of pure fat sources. There’s not a lot of room in the diet for much else. Lacks vitamin and minerals and leads to extreme fatigue, therefore training might suffer as a result.
- Doesn’t allow for high-performance energy boosts. This fuel system doesn’t allow for the extra boost at the end of the race (e.g. such as hill climbs in a triathlon) that glycogen stores would have given you.
- Ability to perform high intensity work might be decreased from this diet.
- Research shows that people who eat carbs win podiums. Find out how carbs can fuel performance here.
- It’s an extreme form of eating and the body doesn’t like extreme changes, especially in regards to gut health. Some people may experience bad breath and/or a ketogenic scent. Hair loss is another potential side effect.
- There’s so many other ways to lose weight than going to this extreme and putting your body through this much stress.
- It is not sustainable and is not meant to be followed in the long-term.
- Imagine trying to eat out whilst following this diet; it would be extremely hard.
- It takes a long time for the body to adapt to the ketogenic diet so don’t expect weight loss straight away.
- It takes away from food enjoyment and you can’t sustain this way of eating for that long.
The benefits of Grains
- Carbs trigger serotonin release (the happy hormone) in the brain and make us happier. Carbs therefore have a physiological benefit.
- Grains help with bowel movements and bowel health.
- It’s a low fat product (and when it contains fat it’s the good type of fat), provides B vitamins (that help unlock energy from other foods) and having wholegrains in your diet allows you to balance your meals out so you’re not eating too much of one particular food group.
- Eating good quality carbohydrates also help to prevent snacking on unhealthy foods later on.
- Grains have never shown to have adverse side effects.
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