12 good reasons a keto diet blows!!
- 03-18-2011, 09:28 PM
12 good reasons a keto diet blows!!
For years and years I did what everyone else did when I tried to cut up. I cut out my carbs. And every year the exact same ****ing result!! Loss of size, sort of leaner but still not as hard as I wanted to be, total lack of energy and overall felt like **** and run down. Finally I got smart and on a real diet. So here are the reasons I think keto diets SUCK!!
1- Your normally eating xyz amount of carbs/cals all year. why would you want to cut out almost all of your carbs right away? The body does not like sudden change, and it never seems to react favorably.
2-Lets be honest, your normally eating 3,4,5 cheat meals/wk during a normal eating regimine, how many cals and extra fat do you think that is? Wouldn't it make more sense to remove the fat from your diet first and let the carbs continue to transport nutrients to the muscles and keep them strong and full?
3- When the carbs remain in the diet they make the muscles fuller and they push against your skin more, making your muscles "pop out" more.
4- Usually just eating clean and average daily carbs, if you knock out the fat, your body still goes outside the realm of whats immediately available to it and burns stored bodyfat. You dont need to go into ketosis or drop your carbs insanely low!! This is a last resort thing when pulling that final 2-3% bodyfat off matters, like for a competition or something.
5-If you stop getting "a pump" in the gym your carbs are too ****ing low. What, you think your going to go 10-12 wks in this condition and hold the same level of size and condition? Nope. Drop the carbs into ketosis and its a great way to look emaciated
6-Your brain operates on glycogen stores, I'm guessing most of you have a job? Good luck thinking at work when your in ketosis, or driving your car w/out wrecking it because your too stupid acting to stop at a red light. Sounds healthy huh?
7- Ketosis is the bodies survival mechanism, its not meant to be the first means of fat loss done deliberately
8- "You need fat to burn fat" ****ing overrated!! Try knocking out almost all of your fats for a month, and keeping your carbs at 300 grams/day, with 1-2 grams protein/lb. Come tell me how fast you get shredded in just 4 wks time!!!
9-Ok, you got it all figured out dont ya? 400 grams/day protein, 50 grams/day carbs, 100 grams/day fats right? ok, so your at 2700 calories a day. Perfect!! Now if you could be at 2700 calories/day and keep your blood sugar more stable, feel better, and be stronger, which do you think you would benefit from more? Also, which do you think you could stick to longer without having cheat meals?
10- If your doing everything right there is no reason to carb cycle. All this bull**** about "tricking your body" is nonsense. It's smarter than you are, you aren't tricking ****, actually your doing an excellent job at jacking up cortisol levels and giving yourself a softer look and losing weight at the same time.
11- Ever notice how you get to a point where you actually stop getting hungry on a carb depletion? Geez, maybe the metabolism is actually slowing down!!
12- I could take 2 people, give 1 of them only 100 grams/day protein, and 400 grams/day carbs, and give the other guy 400 grams/day protein, and only 100 grams/day carbs, and in 90% of scenarios that guy with only 100 grams/day of protein who kept his carbs will look better in the end. I could do this with 90% of anybody I train!! So no, the answer isn't always "just keep the protein super high" and you'll hold all of your muscle!! Actually, it gets to a point it binds your digestive tract and is actually worse for you.
So there is my argument. Keto diets ****ing blow. I understand everybody is different, but not everybody is so different that we all need to totally deplete carbohydrate intake to get fantastic results and get shredded. do we need to lower caloric intake? yes. Do we need to lower our carbs to some degree? Sure. But ketosis, and checking ourselves with keto sticks and all this nonsense? Retarded approach for 90% of people!!
- 03-18-2011, 09:56 PM
I must say - you are on a tear tonight boss! Second myth-busting thread of the eve it appears.
I disagree about the carbs though ... I try to eat as primitively as I can and, since primitive man really didn't do a lot of farming - most of his sustenance came from animal meats and fats. Carbs are not "bad bad" - but they are a luxury of modern man that I think needs to be taken in moderation.
03-18-2011, 10:06 PM
This is a good read and arguable to some. Effective or not, Carb cycling isn't for me anyways. Never sounded appealing to me
Recoverbro Elite"This is what we've been working on"
03-18-2011, 10:35 PM
wtf anyone who cheats 3, 4, or 5, times a week isnt dedicate-
i disagree whole heartedly im on low carbs (under 50) a day and my body loves it- if done properly its amazing, and if the body reacts well, everyones body is different dude, this is where you made your key mistake- your body might not react well, but mine sure as hell does- and if YOU are cheating that many times a week, well, either rededicate, or quit trying to be fit
03-18-2011, 10:37 PM
oh and fyi buddy, fatty acids etc, they can work just like glycogen, your arguement- does not have enough solid facts, alot of bro science
03-18-2011, 10:39 PM
metabolic rate can be manipulated to by a simple change in diet
fail # 2
produce some studies- and i may reconsider, but uh, im loosing fat insanely fast, so
03-18-2011, 10:51 PM
i read all of your points .
I must say it's a great story.
none of it is based on fact, though.
these two are my favorite :
''6-Your brain operates on glycogen stores, I'm guessing most of you have a job? Good luck thinking at work when your in ketosis, or driving your car w/out wrecking it because your too stupid acting to stop at a red light. Sounds healthy huh?''
''8- "You need fat to burn fat" ****ing overrated!! Try knocking out almost all of your fats for a month, and keeping your carbs at 300 grams/day, with 1-2 grams protein/lb. Come tell me how fast you get shredded in just 4 wks time!!! ''
For me, the action IS the juice.
03-18-2011, 10:54 PM
03-18-2011, 11:11 PM
WOW... so much misinformation in here.
I would suggest before you knock a keto diet actually go and read one of the keto books and not souce your info on the diets from various forum post.
1. Yes it does suck to cut them out all of a sudden but it is needed for the metabolic shift to occur
2. 3,4,5 cheat meals a week?? Are you kidding me. I think its safe to say this is the reason why it didnt work for you.
3. Keyword here is "LOOK" fuller. I think the ratio was for every gram of carb consumed you body holds onto 2.4-3g water. Not hard to see why you LOOK bigger.
4. Somewhat agree but it will depend on what you consider an "average" amount of carbs.
5. I have been keto several times and still had "pumps" but besides that getting "pumps" arent conclusive to growing or getting stronger.
6. Correct your brain and spinal cord use glucose and NEEDS glucose but carbs arent the only way to get glucose. Glucose can be obtained through protein and fat intake
7. Actually research is showing our bodies were meant to be in ketosis longer. Carbs are a luxury of civilization. Most carbs arent natural, in fact many grains contain ant-inutrients and are poisonous if consumed raw. Rice, oats, wheat, etc are all products of production. The only 2 essential ones are fat and protein. We NEED them to survive NOT carbs.
8. Completely true while in ketosis you will need a steady intake of fat in order for your body to burn the fat it is stored. If you never ate fat and only ate protein you body will likely turn to its muscles to obtain energy and glucose since it sees no incoming fat. As for the knocking out all your fat.. your body NEEDS fat. Fat is a precursor to testosterone along with many other hormones! Not to mention you will look sick because your skin and hair need fat intake and cutting all fat will likely make your complexion look sickly and your hair start to wilt and fall out.
9. What give you the impression that the blood sugar wont be stable? Protein has a very small insulin response and the fat intake slows that response even more. Where are you getting this idea that blood sugar will be unstable?
10. Are you speaking about the carb refeeds here? Would be too much to address here but I would suggest picking up a book such as anabolic diet and reading to learn why that is recommended.
11. Metabolism is slowing down? How? Your body requires more energy to break down proteins and fats so a steady intake actually raises your metabolism. Most carbs are broken down almost effortlessly by the body.
12. There is not a single study that shows negative effects from high protein consumption in a healthy individual.
And for the record I am not a proponent of a keto diet. I dont think it is necessary unless a person has a real low body fat percent. When a person has a relatively high bodyfat percent the body will willingly burn that fat. It is when you get super low BF% where the body becomes resistant to letting it go and a keto diet works wonders to force the body to burn it. I wouldnt recommend a keto approach to most people either but eating 400g carbs a day is definitely not the answer. I usually hoover around 100-150g carbs.
So do you NEED keto? No you are correct
Does keto work.. absolutely when done correctly
"The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance." - Socrates
03-18-2011, 11:20 PM
There are pros and cons to every diet and there is not a universal answer to anyone. Plus, your particular results are heavily skewed due to anabolics.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
03-18-2011, 11:37 PM
I beg the differ.
Although keto sucks as far as side effects, its EXTREMELY effective as restoring insane insulin sensitity. When utilized as a secret weapon/tool for a short burst during a certain time period, you will reset your cellular sensitivity, then when you return to your normal diet you will BLOW UP with strength/mass.
I think keto is amazing to implement randomly in the middle of huge bulks. Taking 10 days off and doing a no carb course is hell, but if we were all able to stick it out in the middle of a bulk, it would bring back sensitivty to the +xxxx amount of surplus carbs that you are eating, making your bulking that much more effective when you return.
As a primary diet, keto blows:
however, keto is an amazing primer/reset button for the metabolism.
What you guys are missing is the fact that eating your set number of calories and carbs is going to cause A DROP IN RESPONSE...meaning less "pump" to your muscles and "less strength" glycogen storage will become stagnant...ESPECIALLY if you are bulking.
READ UP ON INSULIN SENSITIVITY ASAP!!!
03-19-2011, 12:41 AM
It's ok guys, thanks for giving my thread a read anyways. Just in case you guys are ever curious, just give it a try sometime before you knock it. Dedicate 4 wks to doing this!! Make your fat intake almost non existent(no flax, no omega caps, no peanut butter or almonds) keep your carbs moderate around 250-350 grams/day depending on your size, and protein at 1-2 grams/lb of lean mass. Try it before you knock it, you may find that low carb isn't for you as I did. I've competed for the past 10 years now, and damn if i wished I had not figured this out sooner!!
03-19-2011, 12:57 AM
03-19-2011, 01:09 AM
03-19-2011, 01:14 AM
03-19-2011, 10:39 AM
You're partially being a tad hypocritical on this as your main point should be to take a more moderate approach when it comes to dieting, yet you spew about the greatness of cutting out fats for an extended period of time. For most people, a lowered carb appoach will be much better for them as opposed to cutting out fats.
There is a lot of opinion and very little science in this post and you have yet to cite any evidence for this. If anything, your whole stance is nothing but broscience.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
03-19-2011, 01:17 PM
03-19-2011, 01:36 PM
03-19-2011, 03:17 PM
03-19-2011, 03:26 PM
My statement was.. Does keto work? Absolutely
I even agreed with him to some extent stating that one does not need a keto diet to loose weight.
But anyway I may just have one for you though , I believe one is cited in a book I read. I will post up if I find it
"The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance." - Socrates
03-19-2011, 04:13 PM
Really it was an open invitation to anyone. I've never been able to find a study showing positive body comp difference vs same caloric restriction on non keto. If anything I've found some evidence the reverse is true, particularly starting over 15 % bf. That's part of why I gave up on using keto myself. I very likely will use it pre contest but only for lowered water retention and likely just last 4 weeks.
03-19-2011, 09:23 PM
I have never had luck with lo carb diets. I cut carbs a few hours before bed but lose Fat much faster eating balanced meals and counting calories. Everyones different good to hear others are getting away from keto diets
03-20-2011, 12:56 AM
Say what you want, it works. You drop almost all fats for the first 4 wks, possibly longer depending on how your coming around. After that, you slowly lower your carbs while slowly adding back in your fats. When you begin to add the fats back in you get even tighter and tighter. By the 10th or 12th week, your diced like you wouldn't believe
03-20-2011, 02:17 AM
The trick to loosing FAT and building muscle, is simply insulin sensitivity. The higher the better....do what works for you to set up the most primed glycogen retention and you will make gains in muscle if protein is present, and major fat loss. Overall calories, balanced diet, carb cycle, keto whatever the f*ck...choose what is most managable for your lifestyle but remember its all about insulin. It has nothing to do with cutting dietary healhty fat from your diet...this is the worst route to loosing weight.
In fact what is working best for me these days is not to bulk or cut...its to do both in the same day
cario in the morning fasted, followed by large doses of R-ALA and sometimes metformin to rapidly increase insulin response, it gets so bad Ill pass out if i don't eat immediately. Then i pound a good deal of protein and huge carbs.
zero carbs, high protein rest of the day with plenty of fats.
Pre-workout, 1 hr before, more R-ala and metformin and another serving of carbs/protein, same post workout R-ala.
No carbs and only protein until the next morning. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
The goal is getting the carbs stored ONLY as glycogen in the skeletal muscle tissue which only works if you are manipulating the times that you are intaking carbs. If you are sitting on the couch eating carbs during a stagnant period of the day...those carbs are pretty much being wasted and are DOWN REGULATING your sensitivity.
You can eat a crap ton of carbs if you do them at the right time.
This whole picture can be expanded into larger blocks...
Rather than high carb/low carb all in one day.. you can do high carb days, and low carb days...or low carb weeks (keto)
Conclusively, the keto diet is highly effective if incorperated into a carb sensitizing regiment. Pure bulking with tons of calories is effective, but definitely not the most effecient IF you have the time and discipline to plan out a glycogen manipulation diet. But for majority of people a Bulk phase + a cut phase is easiest and the most sane process. If you are a huge bodybuilder with a huge maintenance it gets very difficult to manage 1000's of calories and carb usage, which is why alot of guys are using Insulin, IGF, etc...
Im beginning to think of carbs with a new philosophy "what goes up must come down" the energy you recieve from carbs one day, will not be the same the next. You must "post-cycle" from the carbs to a degree in order to restore the effectiveness and keto is amazing at this...
03-20-2011, 04:49 AM
There is no way, shape, or form that having an extremely low fat intake (>5% total kcals) is healthy for anyone. Perhaps you should do more reading on insulin, GI, hormone conversion, GH/IGF levels, and thyroid metabolism before you make such broad claims.
Consider this: there are essential fatty acids, essential amino acids, but there is not an essential source of glucose. The reason is that the body is adept at finding glucose in time of "starvation." BB'ers, as a whole, take things to extremes (which is retarded, IMO). Stay closer to moderation and you'll find yourself with better long-term results ass opposed to playing the bulk/cut cycly over and over and over and over....
M.Ed. Ex Phys
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