Keto & Potential Long Term Health Risks

The first question I have about Keto is, could this be why we are seeing a rise of fatty liver in women (especially over 50)? READ ON...

Overeating protein might give you some immediate bennies but watch out:

The dinner plate of a keto eater is made up of fewer carbs, naturally leaving more room for chunks of protein. If you study the Blue Zones (the places where people live to be the healthiest and longest), you will quickly see that protein intake is moderate and starch foods are front and center on the plate (specifically resistant starch, such as rice, potatoes and yams).

With a modified keto plan the next best go-to is fat, to supposedly "support your metabolism." However, according to New York Times best selling author, Anthony William, it is the combination of radical fats (any food whose majority of calories are comprised of fat) along with carbs that turn to sugar, that is causing a majority of underlying health issues in one way or another. Bread with butter, pizza, pasta with sauce...The list goes on and on and is sadly how we have all been trained to eat. This type of eating accumulates and places a big burden on your liver.

So in essence the shift to heavy protein and fats, in one sense lessens the usual toxic load of the wrong kind of carbs with fats, however it brings on a whole other set of potential issues long term.

Long-term health risks

Cutting out various great carb sources that are loaded with vitamins and minerals may mean highly beneficial nutrients are missing.

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause a variety of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe.

Additionally there has been an epidemic of (non alcoholic) fatty liver disease, especially in women over 50 and perhaps this is in part due to women with slow to go or stuck weight, turning to keto as a potential fix.

Potential risks of a high fat, high protein diet include:

  • kidney stones

  • hepatic steatosis (fatty liver)

  • hypoproteinemia, or low levels of protein in the blood

A 2016 study found that people following low carb diets have higher levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, a noted risk factor for heart disease.

Additionally, the authors of a 2012 review concluded that a low carbohydrate diet that focused on animal sources of protein and fat increased the risk of type 2 diabetes and death.

Interesting that in his book, Cleanse To Heal, Anthony Williams suggests that this type of eating can lead to high cholesterol and insulin resistance.

Dr. McDougall also confirms this in his book, The Starch Solutionl.

At this time there are not enough definitive studies to understand the potential long-term side effects and risks of the keto diet specifically.

Other considerations

  • Varying results: According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the rate at which people get into ketosis and start losing fat vary greatly in individuals.

  • Difficult to follow: Due to the restricted carbs the keto diet may be challenging to follow for an extended period. As a wellness and weight loss coach a lot of my clients come to me because not only could they not maintain a keto diet long term but once they stopped limiting carbohydrates, the regained the weight that they had lost.

  • Saturated fat: Fats are leaned on heavily to remain in ketosis. Typically this leads to a reliance on animal fats or saturated fats, which have associated long-term health risks.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the list below includes people who should stay away from a restricted Keto diet. Those with:

  • pancreatic disease

  • thyroid conditions

  • liver conditions

  • gallbladder disease or removal

  • a history of eating disorders

In all my 25 years of being a nutrition educator, healthy chef and wellness and weight loss coach, I have never tried anything or seen any other plan work so well as eliminating the troublemaker foods, (especially radical fats) and instead using specific nutrient dense, high antioxidant, anti-inflammatory foods as medicine to restore the liver (including resistant starch & the enzymes of specific raw foods) done in conjunction with paced intermittent fasting. This is what the PURE 10 Love Your Liver Cleanse is all about.

If you have been eating a keto diet and never done a liver cleanse, you are in for a real surprise! It will challenge a lot of what you thought was healthy or effective and open up a whole new world of possibilities.

The PURE 10 Love Your Liver Cleanse is especially good for those with slow to go or stuck weight, fatty liver, autoimmune issues, arthritis or pain from inflammation.

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