Today I wanted to talk about a topic I have seen in recent ‘trends’ with diet and quick-fix weight loss lately – focusing on getting the body into and then remaining in “Ketosis” for a month.
WHAT IS KETOSIS (in the quick-fix diet world, in a nutshell)?
In the “quick fat and weightless world of fad diets and trends” it’s defined as: a state at which the body has an extremely high fat-burning rate. Even the brain runs on fat, via ketone bodies. These are energy molecules in the blood (like blood sugar) which become fuel for our brains after being converted from fat by the liver. Basically, you CUT OUT carbs completely (even whole food ones) and eat solely proteins and fats.
In the “real world of proper health and fitness through proper diet and nutrition” it’s truly defined as:
a condition characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body, associated with abnormal fat metabolism and diabetes mellitus.
Now, many websites and “medi-doctors” just put a disclaimer on their Ketosis recommendation noting “Not recommended for Type 1 Diabetics”… but why would anyone want to shift the body’s normal process for utilizing energy …. and better yet, pee bright yellow?
Living with a Type 1 Diabetic, I learned what Ketosis was early on in our relationship before I heard about it in the ‘diet world.’ My husband is to AVOID going into Ketoacidosis which is caused by allowing Ketosis to go too far. Ketoacidosis can lead to a coma or death. By drinking plenty of fluids and eating a balance of healthy carbs and fats and proteins all throughout the day and proper use of insulin (if you are Diabetic) you can avoid this condition. Ketoacidosis can also happen to those who suffer from Alcoholism, starvation, or an overactive thyroid.
Dangers of Ketosis:
High cholesterol. Some protein sources — like fatty cuts of meat, whole dairy products, and other high-fat foods — can raise cholesterol, increasing your chance of heart disease. However, studies showed that people on the Atkins diet for up to 2 years actually had decreased “bad” cholesterol levels.
Kidney problems. If you have any kidney problems, eating too much protein puts added strain on your kidneys. This could worsen kidney function.
Osteoporosis and kidney stones. When you’re on a high-protein diet, you may urinate more calcium than normal. There are conflicting reports, but some experts think this could make osteoporosis and kidney stones more likely.
Unhealthy metabolic state (ketosis). During ketosis, the body forms substances known as ketones, which can dull appetite and cause nausea and bad breath. Ketosis can be prevented by eating at least 100 grams of carbohydrates a day.
In a nutshell: Your body NEEDS carbohydrates, fats, AND protein – ALL of the macronutrients – to live a balanced and healthy life utilizing fuel for each time we need it to in the RIGHT way.
Disclaimer: This post is based solely on my own experience and those who I’ve seen hurt their body through this process. I am not a doctor or medical professional, but also think that those who claim to be and force anyone into an unnatural process should rethink their stance. The moral of the story is to use ALL foods to fuel yourself properly and ensure you’re not relying on ANY “Diet” to change your life for the long term – Lifestyle changes including seeing ALL Whole Foods as healthy and necessary is key to ongoing success with health, In my opinion 😉