My Problem With A Keto Diet Plan

I had to put this post up – to clear up some confusion on my thoughts about a keto diet plan and also to set the record straight… with my reasons!

I said it before and I’ll say it again – I can’t support the keto diet plan that most keto fans seem to be following. For a few reasons, but mainly because it seems to be another ‘diet’ that promises quick weight loss. And I don’t believe quick weight loss is good…ever!

There is tremendous value in achieving nutritional ketosis for weight loss (check out my blog post on it.

But my problem with the mainstream keto approach is the lack of nutrition the overall food suggestions deprive your bodies of.

I believe in consistently eating healthy foods, that are higher in fat, lower in carbs and as unprocessed as possible. You might be thinking ‘but hey, the keto diet plan also suggests this!’

And you’re right in some ways, but the difference between the HFLC (higher fat, lower carb) way of eating and the keto diet is that keto doesn’t emphasize healthy vegetables enough, and (in my opinion) overdoes the protein, much like the Atkins diet did.

I also don’t believe that one size fits all in terms of amounts of protein we each need. Men and women need different amounts for sure, but each person has different needs too and these need to be taken into consideration. Health conditions, weight, fitness levels, activity levels, health and weight loss goals, all contribute to how much we need to eat. Just taking a diet and applying it to everyone will not work, not in the long run.

But, my biggest concern with the whole keto diet trend is the absolute lack of nutrition it offers. Sure, the protein sources from meat and fish are in line with the MADE Diet, but the balance is a little off in my humble opinion. I believe your plate should be mostly veggies (and you know Brussels Sprouts are my favorite!) and a moderate amount of protein.

Of course, there are varying ranges of advice out there on the keto diet plan, but most sources say your daily intake of fat should be 70-80%, protein 20-25% and carbs 5-10%.

Now, for me, that’s way too little focus on the good carbs in the form of veggies (spinach, broccoli, peppers etc.)

But I’m losing weight, Keto works for me! Well my counter argument to that one is – you could literally starve yourself and lose weight – but it wouldn’t be healthy to do that and I would never recommend it!

Losing weight is obviously a big weight loss goal for many. But this should never come at the price of your overall and long-term health. Losing weight but depriving yourself of necessary nutrients is not a long-term strategy – it will only lead to more disease and a poorer state of health in the future.

For those of you who remember the low fat fads and food products of the 80’s – and I do oh so well – you’ll remember that everyone thought it was the next big thing to solve the obesity crisis and make people healthier. Think low fat yogurt, fat free bread and low calorie energy drinks!!!

Well, you know where that has led to us? More obesity and the worst public health crisis of our time.

More diabetes, more heart disease, ever expanding waistlines. I fear things like keto, and other trends, could also lead us down a similar path in the future if they focus too much on weight loss and not enough on overall health and nutrition.

Nutrition and a healthy lifestyle should always come before anything else. Please consider that before trying out the keto diet plan, or the next trend promising quick weight loss.

About the Author Melissa McAllister

My name is Melissa McAllister. I just turned 43! I have a son and daughter and my husband and I are new empty nesters! My husband is the reason I eat, drink, and sleep health and fitness. He has 2 speeds, GO and GO Faster. We have been together for over 27 years and married for 22 (yes, he had me at “hello!”). Don’t get me wrong though…I was a Doritos and Coca Cola eating Hoover when I was in school! Fitness has been an essential part of my life for over 18 years. I have the 3 best jobs in the world—being a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, and group exercise instructor for several large fitness chains. I have been teaching everything from yoga to kickboxing for over 16 years. I have also had the great opportunity to train, inspire, and motivate other instructors for the past 10 years. You might even see me in a few fitness videos out there! 😉 Reaching out to others who are struggling to be healthy and happy is my passion. I couldn’t tell you next Fall’s latest fashion must have or what flowers to plant this season, but I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With your determination and my motivation, we can find and keep the best YOU! I will inspire by holding myself and those around me accountable!

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4 comments
Katrina says January 15, 2018

Interested in information you are sharing

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Stephanie Noyes says January 15, 2018

I have tried all diets. I have a hard time with eating healthy as I am not a fruit or veg person. I like salads, but not big on other veg’s. I would like to work out but can’t afford a gym or fancy eating plans. I am 45 have no hormones as had a complete hysterectomy when I was 30.

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Stefanie says January 24, 2018

Hi Melissa! Really enjoyed reading this clarification.

I am not a Beachbody coach (not anymore) and I really love their programs.

Doing 80 Day Obsession and I am not looking for weight loss but adjusting to its meal plan after being on a high healthy fat nutrition plan has not been good.

Can one follow the program with the MADE diet?

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T Morgan says February 3, 2018

I don’t see any scientific evidence in this article. That’s a shame. I’ve been on a keto diet for 1 month and 2 days and nothing in your rant here rings true at all.

Yes, I’ve dropped weight quickly…29 pounds since starting. But your suggestion that I’m not getting enough nutrients is absolutely false.

Keto is not about eating as much fat as you want and cutting out carbs. It’s about changing your body to burning fat, then keeping your diet lower/healthy carbs and good fats in moderation so your body burns its own fat. It’s not carte blanche to eat as much fat as you want and ignore nutrients.

As far as nutrients: people who follow the keto diet correctly typically eat more approved veggies/fruit than before…because they aren’t filling up on garbage carbs.

As for me: I’ve not only lost a significant amount of weight, but my thyroid is less dependent on meds, my bad cholesterol has dropped, my bowel movements are regular, my sleep is better, my skin has cleared, my pain has subsided, I have far more energy to make it through a day…and I even started running! A host of improvements. If keto were not nutrient rich and correctly balanced, then these would not be the results.

There is a considerable amount of scientific evidence to support the keto lifestyle…what I’ve mentioned above, and including correcting diabetes and insulin issues.

I think it’s unfortunate that to sell your LCHF plan, you feel you need to slam a similar eating plan that has been well supported in the medical community, by folks like myself, and by athletes worldwide with your opinions and anecdotal (at best) evidence.

Your Problem With A Keto Diet is nothing more than your uninformed opinion.

Not impressed.

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