Once the exclusive purview of epileptics (to control seizures) and crazed bodybuilders, the keto diet has now become the “it” diet of the masses, completely winning weight watchers over.
It’s easy to see how this happened. The keto diet allows people to eat all the fat they want, and they can practically see it shrinking every day. But the keto diet isn’t all sunshine and fried daisies. It has some drawbacks, some of them serious, and it is not the best diet for athletes.
Here are some issues with the keto diet that make me a little itchy:
Keto diets cut out entire food groups and are often deficient in vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and essential fatty acids. Keto dieters can manage many of those problems with multivitamins, but they are a poor and uncertain substitute for the nutrients found in real food. Also, missing out on the tens or even hundreds of polyphenols found in grains, fruits, wine, and even beer is like playing Super Mario Bros.
Bad for strength athletes
There’s evidence that keto diets can benefit endurance runners and Alaskan sled dogs, but if you’re a weightlifter who relies on short bursts of power, forget it.
Harmful to the intestines
Giving up carbs means giving up fiber. Any long-term loss of actual body weight may be compensated by the weight of the reservoir of affected feces that is constantly accumulating in the intestine.
Despite its alliterative name, the keto crotch is not the newest addition to the Marvel universe (Peter Parker, Matt Murdoch, Jessica Jones, etc., etc.). If that were the case, I doubt her superpower would be useful in fighting crime, except in some very unusual and specific circumstances.
Apparently, all meat changes the pH of the vagina, and the lower acidity creates a favorable environment for unwanted bacteria, leading to possible infections, bad breath, and probably raccoons.
The dangers of high cholesterol aren’t conclusive, but that doesn’t mean they don’t matter, and high cholesterol is what you get from eating saturated fat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
But the worst part about the keto diet, at least for those looking to gain muscle, is that ketosis steals amino acids from the muscles to be used for other things. Oh, and low carbs lead to high cortisol levels, which also affects your muscle growth.