Let’s Talk About Keto…

Unless you are living under a rock, you’ve heard the word, Keto. Quite possibly the most popular diet trending right now. While people say it’s not just a trend and is instead a cultural shift, I have to disagree. But that’s not a surprise, is it?

The question is not, does it work… we all know it works. There’s no surprise there. And are there extreme benefits to limiting carbs and sugar and increasing fats and proteins? Absolutely.

So do I think there are extreme benefits to Keto… yes. BUT, and that’s a BIG but…

It is not the ONLY way to achieve that same result.

This article claims that Keto is “Anti-Establishment” and I understand what they’re saying. It goes against the industry that tells us, “have a bad day, eat a Snickers!” or “feeling tired, drink coffee” or “stressed out, have some wine”. It’s asking people to be above these quick fixes for a bigger problem and not to abuse food.

The problem I have with Keto comes down to one simple question,

Is this TRULY what you want?

Now, I understand that you want the results of less weight, better numbers across the board, more confidence, accomplishment, etc.

But do you want to cut out all sugars and most of carbs? Do you want to live that kind of life?

If the answer is YES, then you’ll probably do very well with Keto.

But if the answer is NO, then please know, there is another way to get the same results. And you don’t have to experience “keto flu, increased cholesterol, cardiac arrhythmias, constipation, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.”

While the Keto fans state that the side-effects far outweigh the benefits, they are missing two major points:

  1. The people who live a life without concern for weight, aren’t following a Keto diet. So perhaps we should start studying them? HINT: I already do.
  2. The mental, emotional, and spiritual components of life when following a Keto diet.

Sure, everyone is going to feel better when weight is dropping off their bodies, but when that initial excitement wears off, the percentage of people who are going to feel really good about eating Keto is going to take a huge hit.

Suddenly, they realize that they don’t want to say no to dessert at their best friends birthday party.

Or they don’t want to skip the fresh, homemade bread or the amazing berries in the summer.

They realize that life is meant to be lived in a much more balanced way.

And then the worst realization of all… that they don’t have any clue how to live a life in balance and also have the body they want.

So must people assume it’s impossible. It’s either Keto or struggles with weight. That there is no in-between.

The weight loss and dieting culture tell us that if you struggle with weight, you’re going to have to do some type of regimen to be thin.

The anti-diet culture tells us, forget about the weight, just be happy with where you’re at in life.

And I say, why are trying to live in extremes still?

My experience has been that the only way to lose weight permanently, without having to effort or sacrifice, is to lose weight in the exact way that feels the best to you.

To be clear, binge eating or eating ice cream and pizza for every meal, doesn’t feel good.

But not eating any ice cream, or not being allowed to choose pizza and ice cream for every meal, doesn’t feel good either.

Thankfully, there is a better way. For starters, check out my free guide that explains how I lost weight without Keto, dieting, or anything extreme.

And then reach out to me and book a call so I can help you find your customized and specific weight loss plan that actually feels good without extremes or sacrifice.

About The Author

Michelle Hastie

Michelle Hastie Thompson is a recovered binge eater who turned her binge eating around and even got featured in Shape Magazine helping a woman lose weight in “My Weight Loss Diaries". She helps women end the battle of binge and overeating, fall in love with movement, and finally lose the weight permanently. A veteran weight loss coach for almost ten years, she is a Ph.D. student in Health Psychology and has three published books, the most recent titled, "Have Your Cake and Be Happy Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss”.