The ketogenic diet is currently trending as the best diet for weight loss to date. It’s a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that produces ketones — the result of the breakdown of fats in the liver — to be used as energy.
With the keto diet showing up all over the news, in forums, magazines, and in conversations at the gym, there’s a lot of things being said that are true, but a lot of things that aren’t so true as well.
We’ve compiled a list of a few myths that’ve been debunked about going keto.
MYTH: You can eat as much fat as you want.
While about 75% of your daily calories should come from fat sources, this doesn’t mean you can eat all of the saturated fats that you want to get your fats in. Unsaturated fats are still the preferred option on the keto diet, and lots of them. Olive oil, nuts, seeds, fish, grass-fed red meat, eggs, turkey, and avocado are just a few examples that make the keto cut.
MYTH: It’s dangerous.
Just like with anything there are downsides, but the ketogenic diet isn’t inherently dangerous.
Everyday Health lists the potential downsides, including: kidney stones, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, decreased bone mineral density, gastrointestinal distress, and an increased risk of higher cholesterol and heart disease.
Staying hydrated, easing into fasting if you choose to do so, and ensuring you know and hit your daily macros are essential to avoiding these potential downsides.
MYTH: Going keto means zero alcohol consumption.
Beer and wine are generally carbohydrate-heavy, but there are still options should you choose to continue drinking alcohol while going keto. Most liquors, some light beers, and dry wines are low to no carb, which is keto friendly.
Alcohol isn’t totally out of the question, but you do have to be a bit more conscious of what you choose, and careful when drinking and going keto. Keep in mind that your alcohol tolerance will likely be lower while eating ketogenic.
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