You read the title correctly!! Although there are many health benefits to ketogenic nutrition, it would be a mistake for the average person to jump on the bandwagon and follow this nutrition plan blindly.
…and let me add:
THIS IS THE PLAN I FOLLOW EVERY DAY!
So, why would I discourage a plan I follow?
A LACK OF CONSUMER AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING
To obtain the benefits of this style of eating, it requires discipline and effort. If one is lackadaisical and incorporates:
healthy or unhealthy carbohydrates in excess of this nutrition plan’s protocol or
incorporates too many calories from protein or
chooses unhealthy sources of fats to attain adequate percentages required
the outcome could be seriously harmful. It could lead to liver, gall bladder, cardiac, pancreatic and vascular complications.
So, what’s the main reason people are jumping on the Ketogenic bandwagon?
Why is this a bad idea? Those attempting to use nutrition plans/diet plans EXCLUSIVELY for weight loss ultimately FAIL 95+% of the time (either losing the weight or maintaining the weight loss.)
Weight loss should NEVER be the primary goal for choosing a nutrition plan! Weight loss should simply be the END RESULT of a nutrition plan inclusive of a LIFESTYLE PLAN designed to support healthier living.
WHAT THE HECK DOES THAT MEAN?
It means that human BEHAVIOR requires ONGOING MOTIVATION to sustain lifestyle choices that may be less desirable, but necessary.
STILL NOT FOLLOWING?
It means LONG TERM WEIGHT LOSS requires ongoing events in life that produce enough motivation to help the individual choose LONG TERM “NEEDS” over SHORT TERM “WANTS” without resentment, anger or hostility. This motivation redirects one’s behavior from choosing pepperoni pizza to choosing (example) mixed greens with olive oil, garlic, feta cheese, avocado, kalamata olives and salmon. What possible motivation could drive one’s behavior away from delicious pepperoni pizza toward a mediocre substitute (the mixed greens meal?)
This is the MAGIC question each of us needs to answer to transition from recurring failing diets to successful lifestyle plans that add motivational QUALITY to our lives.
For example: MY MOTIVATION
At nearly 59 years of age, I like to participate in athletic activities such as softball, tennis, racquetball, bicycling, weight lifting, running, etc… I like going to the movies and dining with friends WITHOUT experiencing STIFFNESS when standing up! I like going to bed at night and falling asleep almost as quickly as my head hits the pillow! I like taking my dog for walks through hiking trails to enjoy some outdoor time with him. While on these trails, I enjoy the sounds of birds and wild animals. I marvel at the trees that have survived nature for hundreds of years.
I enjoy travelling with my wife. Quality living let’s me actively participate in physically challenging undertakings that many people my age are incapable of enjoying.
I also enjoy researching health topics. They reveal new options potentially improving my quality of life to an even greater extent than I currently experience.
For me, these are a few examples why I can “sacrifice” pepperoni pizza without feeling true deprivation. In my mind, the harmful effects of pepperoni pizza (and other harmful foods like fast food, processed food, foods full of pesticides and other chemicals, etc…) do not outweigh the PHYSICAL and MENTAL benefits I experience avoiding these “tasty,” but harmful choices. This is the MOTIVATION that guides MY BEHAVIOR!
What does your list of “LIKES” in life look like.