why eat keto (beyond weight loss)?
Many people dive into eating keto before they are really sure about their WHY. Only looking at the keto way of eating (woe) as a solution for weight loss misses so many other long-term benefits of this lifestyle. It's important to understand the wide-ranging and very compelling health benefits that come from restricting carbohydrate intake for the human body. Those who eat keto for the long-term health benefits (beyond temporary weight loss) are the most successful, even if they start keto to lose weight.
The following is an incomplete list of what keto can help you with:
- chronically high fasting blood sugar
- hypoglycemia or blood sugar dysfunction including not being able to go more than a few hours without food or having to constantly snack to avoid feeling shaky or weak
- metabolic syndrome & insulin resistance
- inability to lose weight
- Alzheimer's or the desire to prevent it
- Parkinson's disease
- unexplained weight gain
- hormonal imbalances
- type 2 diabetes
- a cancer diagnosis, or the desire to prevent cancer
- cardiovascular disease
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- chronic inflammation
- autoimmune disease
- feeling lethargic all the time, brain fog or the inability to think clearly
Keto is a way of eating (woe) that requires that you pay attention, put the time into educating yourself, and have the ability to be consistent and patient over the long-term because eating keto signals sweeping changes in the way your body processes and burns fuel that lead to other beneficial system wide changes in hormone signaling.
If you are looking for a quick way to lose weight & then plan on going back to being a sugar burner, then I suggest you look elsewhere for a solution because your results likely won't last, and more than that, the significant health benefits won't have time to kick in.
That being said, I think it's okay to start keto being unsure if it really is something that you can sustain. Honestly, that's how we ALL begin keto. All I'm saying is to just keep an open mind and definitely commit to a minimum of 60 days so that you have a chance to physiologically feel all of the benefits of adapting your body to burn fat for fuel. There are SO MANY benefits beyond an effortless way to control your weight that if I listed them all here you probably wouldn't believe me.
This is something that you just have to experience for yourself.
At the very least set yourself up for success by spending some time asking yourself if keto right for you, do the research, set aside time for meal prep, and know what to expect. I have a lot of resources for you so I hope that you take advantage of them!
If your gut is telling you that keto is way too restrictive, then please know that the Keto woe is just one type of a low-carb lifestyle. If you are looking to stay healthy but don't necessarily have weight to lose or a health issue like type 2 diabetes, then a primal or paleo approach can give you some of the benefits of keto with less of a carbohydrate restriction, so I suggest you look into which approach is right for you before you try keto.
Otherwise, if you're fully onboard the keto train, the next thing you need to do is to understand is why the low-fat myth is officially dead so that you can get over any lingering fear of fat.