Once the exclusive domain of epileptics (to control seizures) and madmen bodybuilders, the keto diet is now the “six” diet of the mass, having completely trounced Weight Watchers.
It is easy to see how it happened. The keto diet allows people to eat all the fat they want, and they can see themselves shrinking day by day. But the keto diet is not sunshine or deep-fried daisies. There are several disadvantages, some of which are serious, and it is not the best diet for lifters.
Here are some of the problems with the keto diet that bother me a little:
Keto dieters eliminate entire food groups, leaving them deficient in vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and essential fatty acids. Keto dieters can take care of many of these problems by taking multivitamins, but that is a poor and unreliable replacement for the nutrients in real food. Moreover, missing the dozens or even hundreds of polyphenols found in grain, fruit, wine, and even beer is like playing Super Mario Bros and did not bother to pick up all the super mushrooms power-ups.
Bad for Strength Athletes
There is some evidence that keto diets may work well for endurance runners and Alaskan sled dogs, but if you’re a weight lifter who relies on short bursts of power, forget it.
Bad for Input
Ditching carbs means ditching fiber. Any long-term reductions in actual body weight could be offset by the weight of the reservoir of faeces affecting your bowels.
Despite the alliterative name, keto crotch is not the newest member of the Marvel Universe (Peter Parker, Matt Murdoch, Jessica Jones, etc., etc.). If it were, I doubt her superpower would be of any use in fighting crime, except perhaps in some very unusual and specific circumstances.
Apparently, the whole meat-eating diet changes the pH of the vagina, and the lower acidity creates a welcoming environment for unwanted bacteria, which leads to possible infections, unpleasant odors, and possibly raccoons.
The dangers of high cholesterol are inconclusive, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important at all, and high cholesterol is what you get when you eat saturated fat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But the worst part of the keto diet, at least for people trying to pack on muscle, is that going into ketosis takes amino acids from muscle to fuel other things. Oh, and low carbs lead to high cortisol, which also affects how well you put on muscle.