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To Keto or Not To Keto?

maggiemax18maggiemax18 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
Everything I hear is either "OMGGGGG you must go Keto, I lost a bazillion pounds!"

Or it's "Don't go keto. The minute you eat anything not keto, you gain SO much weight."

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  • harper16harper16 Posts: 239Member Member Posts: 239Member Member
    Do you think keto will help you have a calorie deficit, and will you be happy/satisfied following a keto diet?

    I don't follow a set diet. Because I know I can't maintain them long term. I try to watch what I eat and exercise. Weight loss is slow going, but that's better for me.
    edited March 19
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Posts: 4,850Member Member Posts: 4,850Member Member
    It doesn't matter, it's all about calorie deficit. Does keto sound appealing to you or unpleasant?
  • kimny72kimny72 Posts: 14,879Member Member Posts: 14,879Member Member
    Everything I hear is either "OMGGGGG you must go Keto, I lost a bazillion pounds!"

    Or it's "Don't go keto. The minute you eat anything not keto, you gain SO much weight."

    Keto works like any other diet - it will be successful if it makes it easier for you to hit your calorie goal. Some people find higher fat and protein diets more filling, and so keto or low carb works for them. Other people need plenty of fiber or starchy carbs to feel full, and some people have a tough time digesting fatty foods or simply don't like many of the foods you need to rely on with keto, so it probably wouldn't be successful for them.

    To lose fat, you need to be in a calorie deficit. Assuming no medical issues, whatever way of eating helps you get to and stay in a deficit is what you should do. :smile:
  • NovusDiesNovusDies Posts: 7,029Member, Premium Member Posts: 7,029Member, Premium Member
    There is no reason to ask. Try it for yourself for a week or two and see if you feel like it makes the PROCESS of weight loss easier for you. Not the scale results... the process. The scale will pay off big just because you will drop a bunch of water weight at first. Don't be sucked in by that. Weight loss takes a long time and sustainability (the process) is far more important than initial results.

    It is all about you and you finding your easiest path forward. Not anyone else. What has worked for me will almost certainly not work for you. All you need is a calorie deficit and an easy way of maintaining it most days.

  • J72FITJ72FIT Posts: 5,440Member Member Posts: 5,440Member Member
  • mdmccall34mdmccall34 Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    I have been on keto since feb 1, almost 2 months. I have lost 12 pounds. I try different meals to help keep me on track. I don’t eat pork or beef. So I do a lot of Salmon, turkey, chicken and shrimp and a lot of vegetables
  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Posts: 5,508Member Member Posts: 5,508Member Member
    For me personally - no. Doesn't appeal to me at all.

    Everyone else - try it if you want to. Or don't, if you don't.

    But weight loss = CICO, regardless of being on keto or not.
  • ataleforthetimebeingataleforthetimebeing Posts: 83Member Member Posts: 83Member Member
    May ask your physician first before you get on any diet. I think keto can be a wonderful diet for some people but what happens when you deny yourself carbohydrates? How does it affect your health? Those are things to consider.

    Another way to go about it is to gradually reduce your carb intake rather than reducing all at once. Stay observant and keep track of the changes you feel daily.
  • psuLemonpsuLemon Posts: 35,857Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator Posts: 35,857Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator
    May ask your physician first before you get on any diet. I think keto can be a wonderful diet for some people but what happens when you deny yourself carbohydrates? How does it affect your health? Those are things to consider.

    Another way to go about it is to gradually reduce your carb intake rather than reducing all at once. Stay observant and keep track of the changes you feel daily.

    If a person follows a well structured keto diet where it's focused on whole foods and getting adequate diet, I would doubt it would negatively impact ones health much, especially if it helps one lose weight.

    The benefit i got from keto was a refocus on whole foods and the push away from junk food. For me, I needed a restrictive diet as basic calorie counting stopped working. And while my keto diet is a bit different than most (more protein and less fat), it helped me hit low weights i never saw with just calorie counting.

    Having said that, i have now more focused on getting more fiber and leaning towards Mediterranean, but somehow i am still net 50-60g moat days.
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