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I’ll be the first to admit it. Doctors don’t always get it right.
Sometimes we miss the mark on an epic scale.
Case in point: Smoking was once actually endorsed by physicians. Yes, the consummate experts in ‘all-things health care’ actually were the poster children in ads promoting the cancer-causing addiction.
Doctors ate some major humble pie over that egregious misstep. But clearly not enough.
They continue to disseminate erroneous, dangerous information to you every day.
If you follow my posts, you know by now that whole grains are just well-dressed sugar, which is arguably just as poisonous as cigarettes.
Yet, doctors continue to push carbs onto our plates today, claiming that you just have to choose ‘whole grain.’
Some things never change.
Take the latest comments from Dr. Kim Williams, former president of the American College of Cardiology. While he admits that keto is good for weight loss, he claims that it will seriously damage you in the long term and increase your risk of heart disease.
US cardiologists have tried to scare people away from fats for decades. But I’m here to tell you that’s BS with the facts to prove it. Read on to discover the truth…
First, let’s clear up a few myths about what keto is and what keto isn’t. I am yet to find a criticism of the ketogenic diet that doesn’t mischaracterize it.
What is keto? It is a high-fat, medium-protein, low-carb diet that was originally developed to help with epilepsy, but has since proven to have various health and weight loss benefits too. Learn more about the benefits of keto here.
What isn’t keto? First, to make things clear, keto is not a no-carb diet. This isn’t true at all, it’s low-carb. We do need some carbs to function, but rather than getting these things from bread and pasta, they primarily come from vegetables.
Second, keto is not a high-protein diet. It’s not. It’s a high fat diet. Of course, animal fat is a part of the diet, but if you think people on keto are just eating meat all day, you’re wrong.
This is often the case with critics’ ‘keto food pyramids,’ where meat is the number- one food at the broadest base, followed by cheese, eggs and oil, with vegetables at the middle and top. This is completely wrong. Without a doubt, vegetables, should be the bulk of your diet on keto. If anything, given its high protein content, eating too much meat can actually knock you out of ketosis.
There are also plenty of non-meat fat sources that play an important role in the diet, including olives and olive oil, avocados, coconut oil, butter, cheese, and full-fat yogurt.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of why Dr. Williams’ argument is downright wrong.
Dr. Williams says keto is bad for you in the long term. This claim is based on a 2013 systematic review of 17 studies that found low-carb diets were associated with an increased chance of death and particularly with an increased risks to cardiovascular health.
But there are a few problems right off the bat. First, the study wasn’t explicitly about keto. It was about low-carb and sometimes included high-protein diets.
Moreover, ‘low-carb’ can mean a lot of things. Not eating for a week can mean ‘low-carb,’ so can just eating meat, and most importantly, not eating vegetables. It doesn’t explicitly say anything about high-fat. Fats are the main part of keto, so if you’re going to criticize it why not start there?
Minimizing carbs by eating fat and vegetables compared to gorging on protein are two completely different things.
Moreover, people can mischaracterize their food. Given how much meat is breaded and fried, which means a lot of carbs, you’d have thought simply reporting it as ‘protein’ would be completely misleading.
Including toxic processed carbohydrates means it’s much harder to isolate the low-carb element of the study.
Is it any wonder people who don’t eat many vegetables and just consume fried meat don’t live as long? Is this saying anything about keto? Let alone anything we don’t already know…
The study also said that “low-carbohydrate diets tend to result in reduced intake of fiber and fruits.” Not true. At least if you’re doing it properly. You can get plenty of fiber from the right vegetables, and there are certain types of fruits you can eat that are packed with vitamins and minerals.
This only thing this study says for certain is that people who follow unhealthy versions of diets die younger. It’s like studying vegans who just eat potato chips all day and using that data to prove veganism is unhealthy!
Moreover, there are other studies that show keto can help you live longer and even improve your physical strength and brain power.
And last, Dr. William’s isn’t exactly the most reputable doctor. He continuously tries to promote the link between consuming cholesterol and heart disease, which was debunked years ago.
Regardless of the dubious claims of this study, I can attest from personal experience that keto has been nothing but beneficial.
As Dr. Williams admits, keto can be good for weight loss. And in my case, I can say that it was the only diet that worked. I’d had weight-loss surgery, but I am certain I would have put all the weight back on and returned to square one if I hadn’t then switched to the keto diet.
Before keto, I was lethargic, bloated and in a constant battle with hunger. Keto brought me stable energy, mental clarity and satiation –three things I had never experienced on any other diet.
I take regular blood tests and all of my numbers are within healthy ranges. I am happier, slimmer and healthier than ever. I’m not looking back. I plan to stick with keto for life.
This information is intended to help readers be more informed about their health options when speaking with a professional, but it should not be used alone to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. Be sure to speak to a qualified doctor before taking any action to make sure that your choices reflect your actual health situation.