Debunking 5 Myths About Keto Diet

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The Keto diet is a fad diet that many have tried or are curious to try. The Keto diet sounds all fun and games until you actually start following it and hear from many people how to go about it. There are people who have followed this high-fat diet for various reasons and left it midway because of the myths that surround the ketogenic diet. We are here to debunk 5 myths about the keto diet that may have bothered you or a friend. 

The keto diet has gained popularity over the years and has many practitioners. Even after being popular for many years, there are many false notions people have regarding this diet. Let’s take a look at 5 myths about the keto diet that has hampered your decision to start your journey into the keto world. 

Keto is only for weight loss 

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Not true. Yes, a keto diet surely helps losing oodles of weight but it’s not the only benefit you get from a ketogenic diet. There are many other benefits like reduced appetite, clear skin, better focus, high energy, better sleep, improved moods, and more. 

There is also research that suggests that a ketogenic diet can help in neuroprotection, prevention, and treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease treatment, healing of brain injury, and much more. Being in the state of ketosis is great for your body and can help your body function efficiently. 

Zero Carbs Allowed 

This is a common misconception about the ketogenic diet that you are allowed no carbs in your diet. But like many other myths, this is also not true. Though this is a restrictive diet, it does not eliminate important elements like carbohydrates from your diet. The idea is to limit your carb intake in this diet. 

Carbs turn into glucose and the keto diet does not like carbs ‘cause it will stop your body from going into ketosis, which is the goal of this diet. When your body stops storing glucose, your body is forced into a state of ketosis. 

Any and Every Fat Allowed 

This is absolutely not true. This is the reason many people prefer a ketogenic diet over other diets, thinking they will get to eat their favorite fats. But, let me pop your bubble here. Not all fats that we consume are healthy, some are harmful to our body like trans-fats and some hydrogenated oils. 

The keto diet focuses on high-fat intake, so whichever fat you consume should be healthy. Fats consumed in a keto diet should ideally come from unrefined and whole food sources, like nuts, avocado, grass-fed butter, coconuts, eggs, and more. People who eat only junk or processed food with refined oils and processed fats will take longer to see the desired results. Such foods are best avoided. 

The Brain Prefers Glucose As Fuel 

 Again a myth that needs to be busted. Our brain has blood barriers that don’t allow all the blood components to pass through it as these barriers are extremely narrow. This only translates into no direct effect of glucose on the brain as glucose cannot directly reach the brain. 

Whereas, in fact, ketones can pass through the blood barrier as they are small. It is because of this that the brain will receive a constant energy supply. Say bye to getting sleeping in the afternoon and the brain fog. 

Experts also suggest that ketones can supply as much as 75% of energy to the brain. It works great as an alternate fuel. 

The Keto diet and Atkins Diet is the same 

False. The Atkins diet encourages people to have a low-carb diet with high-protein and high-fats. It is weight-loss specific whereas a ketogenic diet gives guidelines about macronutrient ratios that encourage natural ketosis. 

The ketogenic diet centers roughly around 75% of fats, 20% of protein, and 5% of carbs, this is where the macronutrients should come from. The protein restriction is evident in this diet. Excessive protein consumption on a ketogenic diet defeats the whole purpose of this diet. Extra protein gets converted into glucose and gets used as fuel. This will sabotage the process of ketosis and hamper the desired outcome. Many people believe that the keto diet means a diet that is high in fats and high in protein, but it is clearly not true. 

Conclusion

Now that we have debunked these 5 myths about the keto diet, you can give it a try without any fear. A Keto diet can be great if done with a proper understanding of what it means and not just blindly following the popular beliefs about it. After all, there is science behind it. 

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