Keto Diet: What it does and why you need Carbs


Hi I’m Paul with Iron Orr Fitness. Okay so we’re talking today about the Keto
Diet. Something I’m sure you guys all heard about
very popular right now. Uhhh I’m gonna talk about just kind of a little
bit abut what it actually is just kind of the background of how it reacts with like
your body. Ummm why it kinda is popular I would say now
and then kind of pros and cons and maybe you know you see if it’s the right fit for you. So when we’re talking about the keto diet
essentially what you’re doing is you’re switching your body from carbohydrate based fuels to
fat base for fuel right? So the body prefers carbohydrates just because
it’s the easiest source of energy. It’s the easiest way for your body to convert
food into blood sugar which it goes to our brain it goes to our muscles everything like
that. When we deprive the body of carbohydrates,
it’s gonna be resilient in survival so it’s gonna find a way to kinda make its own blood
sugar from that. So we store carbohydrates in our muscles as
glycogen also in our liver. So if you eat a regular you know diet, your
body already has stuff stored in there as glycogen. When you go off of carbs, your body will essentially
deplete the rest of that and when that happens glycogen is stored with like two parts of
water. So initially when you get on the keto diet,
you’ll shed a bunch of water weight and you’re like oh you know, I’m losing weight this is
awesome right? So what that is is water weight. You haven’t really started to lose any fat
yet. So when the body starts to go into making
ketone bodies. It’s taking fatty acids in your body, in your
liver, it’s producing basically taking that breaking it down and then it’s making a ketone
body. So those ketone bodies essentially are now
working as that blood sugar that you would’ve got from glucose, that you would’ve got from
carbohydrates right? So essentially from there, your body should
be a fat burning machine. So you’re on the keto diet, you’re eating
primarily fats should be good fats but I know some people are eating butter and bacon things
like that. Ummm a little bit of protein, very minimal
amount of carbohydrates and it should be coming from like vegetables. Now this diet will work for people initially
right because you’re gonna lose a lot of water and then your body’s gonna start burning fat. The problem that I see with that is as soon
as you go back to eating regular food-carbohydrate based food-that’s usually where people have
the issues with you know, cookies and things like that, especially on the holidays your
body now switches out of that ketosis mode and now it’s using that glycogen again as
umm as energy. So when that happens, it’s going to store
the water immediately and you’re gonna notice a big spike in just like in weight and again
it’s weight because we lost the water we gained the water back. So the problem that I see just with the diet
overall is it might not be sustainable. The best type of diet is one you can stick
to all the time, right? So if there is one that you can only eat certain
types of food, and you go off of it and you have one type of thing right? Your diet is now off track for now a few days
you have to get back on it. So ummm the next thing that I see is kind
of kind of a con with that is we don’t really have that many studies on what the long term
effects are with this type of diet. Ummm if you’re eating a lot of fat, every
single day, no one knows what that’s going to be 10 years from now. They just haven’t done the studies and it
might be that it’s nothing but there just hasn’t been enough time. It’s very knew to just really give us some
good scientific date on is this healthy or is this not healthy? The last thing is athletes. Now someone who needs readily available energy
and they need it quickly…ketone bodies are not going to do that for you. It’s not it’s not the quickest way. So if you’re an athlete, if you’re someone
who endurance wise needs a lot of energy, carbohydrates should still be your primary
fuel source. Umm now again some people react differently
with like carbs and stuff, you can try to go low carb but I think the difference between
a low carb diet, which is balanced and a high fat very low carb diet is that again you’re
not getting enough carbs for like your workouts and everything like that. So if performance is something that you’re
really concerned about, probably stay away from the Keto DIet. If you are kind of a sanitary person, don’t
get a whole lot of exercise it might be a good diet for you as long as you can stick
to it. So again, I encourage you to do your own research. Ummm kind of play around with different things,
find what is best for you, what you can stick with 365 days out of the year and if you have
any questions, you come find us in the gym.

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