Is there a wrong way to do Keto? Is there a right way? Which one are you doing and do you know the difference?
This blog post is long overdue, and frankly, it’s because I didn’t want to offend anyone or be thought of as the “Keto Police,” however, I can’t hold it back any longer.
Sometimes, the truth isn’t popular, and instead of being fake and agreeing with everyone else, I am going to speak my mind and share my knowledge and opinion.
As always, if you can’t handle the truth, feel free to exit the page. This is my blog, and I consider it my home, so I don’t need any negativity up in here! (improper English, I know).
Let me start off by saying why I’m finally getting to writing a post posing the question, “Are you doing Keto the wrong way?”
Recently, I was in a conversation with a stranger about the Ketogenic Diet, and she had mentioned how unhealthy she thought it was because it’s all about eating “cheese and butter all day.”
If you look through #keto and #ketodiet on any social media platforms you will be shocked to see that Keto has turned into manufactured products labeled “keto, fast food “keto-fied” and piles of cheese.
The real reason the Ketogenic Diet is getting a bad reputation is that many people in the “Keto community” is starting to trade Real, Whole Food with processed, Keto junk food.
“You should do what works best for you.” “Do Keto your own way”. “It’s all about balance.” “There is no wrong way to do Keto.”
You should do what works best for you, but if you are eating processed Keto junk food and fast food, don’t call it Keto.
Especially if you are an Instagram “influencer” and Keto beginners are looking up to you for advice on what to eat.
“There is no wrong way to do Keto” is being confused with being in “Nutritional Ketosis.” Because, if that’s the case, then I would agree with that statement.
Being in Nutritional Ketosis has to do with the amount of glucose in your body. As long as you keep your carbs low, you can get into “Nutritional Ketosis,” but that doesn’t mean you are doing the Keto “Diet” the right way.
If that is the case, then I can eat a bag of MMS that are 30 grams of sugar (carbs) and no other carbs that day and say that I am eating “Keto”.
You might laugh because that sounds ridiculous, right? MMS isn’t a “Keto” food. Or are they? Well, if all you care about is “hitting your macros” and not going over your carbs each day, you can eat whatever you want.
But, that is not what Ketogenic Diet is about.
Or, I can eat 30grams of carbs via grass-fed beef, organic veggies, and grass-fed butter.
Which one sounds like the right way to do Keto?
You are smart, I think you know the answer to that question.
Eating Processed Foods is the Wrong Way to do Keto-
Processed foods are never a good idea, Keto or not. Processed foods contain artificial ingredients that are chemical concoction for our bodies.
Processed foods contain preservatives, colorants and chemical flavorants.
Yes, “keto processed foods” are low-carb, but they are still processed. You are robbing Peter to pay Paul. Not to mention, you don’t even know exactly what’s in the processed foods you are eating.
The FDA isn’ as stringent on things like nutritional supplements and products so there may be things in them that are more harmful than eating a baguette from Panera (I’d much rather eat the baguette, personally)
Eating Packaged “Keto” Junk Food is the wrong way to do Keto
I’m sure you have seen it. All of the “Keto” products that are on the market right now. It’s ridicolous. Keto has become so mainstream and food manufacturers are taking advantage of it by throwing “Keto” junk food products at our faces right and left.
Some of them are so smart that they even pay Keto Instagram influencers to promote their products. How do I know this? Because it has been done to me. Ever since I started my Keto Instagram Account, and it grew like rapid fire, companies have been sliding into my DM’s asking me to promote their products.
Most of them are too cheap to even offer money, they offer their lousy, garbage product in exchange for a review.
Guess what I say? A big fat, HELL NO.
I’ve turned down a lot of product and opportunities over the last year, but I am not going sell my soul for a couple of hundred bucks. I have more dignity and integrity than that.
Not to say I don’t promote any Keto products. However, I only promote the ones that are genuinely Ketogenic and are high-quality products that I use myself and am happy to support and encourage.
Don’t be fooled by a label. Many of those products aren’t even genuinely Ketogenic. I used to test a lot of Keto products using my blood meter, and sadly, most of them spiked my blood sugar and kicked me out of Ketosis.
They are no different than regular junk food, minus the fact that they may be lower in carbs. But as always, if they are lower in carbs, that means they are substituted with other ingredients that are terrible for your body.
Look, if you are coming from a standard American Diet of eating refined carbs and fast food every day, any Keto whether it be “dirty” or “lazy” is better than no Keto.
However, after you educate yourself and get used to eliminating refined carbohydrates from your diet, you should refocus on eating Whole, Real, Quality Foods.
This message is for those who know better, for those who know how the Ketogenic Protocol should be followed but chose not to do it for numerous reasons.
Yes, you can do “Keto” your way, don’t confuse other people with “your” wrong way.
Eating Fast Food is the wrong way to do Keto
Keto or not, fast food is the worst quality of food out there. I’m talking anything with a drive-through. I, on occasion, will have a Five Guys burger when I am strapped for time or on the go but even then, I’m wary about it.
I keep seeing all of these “Keto” fast food posts, and I can’t help but shake my head. Since when is eating fast food healthy? Come on, guys! This isn’t rocket science!
Just because you took off the bun or got a “salad” doesn’t mean it’s all of a sudden Keto. It’s eliminating the refined carbs. That is all you did. Oh yeah, and you added all of the artificial ingredients that are in the salad dressing and the pesticide that are on those veggies.
You din’t think McDonald’s salads were organic, did you?
I’m not going to start a rant about fast food because I will never end it, but I will say if you want to know why fast food is terrible, just Google “the effects of fast food on the body.”
Eating too many of those mentioned above will eventually cause weight loss stalls, headaches, inflammation, sleep issues, and more.
If you are wondering why you aren’t feeling that mental clarity and energy that everyone says they think on Keto, why you hit a weight loss stall, or why you are bloated, it may be time to look at precisely what you are putting into your body.
I’m not guiltless here. I fell into the trap of buying keto snacks an processed foods and have had my fair share of keto desserts, but I had to stop myself and reassess my approach.
I can’t be coaching other people about the Keto diet if I’m not setting an example by following it the proper way myself.
I know I sound blunt, but some of you need this reality because everyone else out there in the internet world will smile and say, “that’s nice,” turn around and talk more crap about Keto and the cycle will never end unless WE end it.
So, what is the right way to do Keto?
Do you want to know how to do keto the right way? Buy and eat only food that will spoil if you let it sit out. Period. Easy peasy.
Focus on eating Clean Keto Foods
- Eat whole, real foods
- Choosing organic, grass-fed, free-range, non-GMO foods
- Small amounts of (raw, grass-fed Dairy)
- Eliminating sweeteners
- No Processed foods
- No artificial ingredients
- Avoiding nuts or eating them in very small amounts
- Avoiding alcohol
Since switching to Clean Keto, I’ve never felt better in my life. I even created an Easy Clean Keto Meal Plan for other people to do it, that is how much I believe in the power of Clean Keto.
Fitting in your macros shouldn’t be your only focus when it comes to Keto.
Instead, the focus should be on eating whole quality real foods and eliminating carbohydrates.
I don’t know why we have become so obsessed with macros and the number on the blood meter instead of focusing on the quality of food we are putting into our bodies! Let’s refocus!
In conclusion, I want to say that I usually don’t rant like this on my blog, but when I do, I let it all out. Many of my followers tell me the reason that they continue to follow me is because of how authentic and real I am and that isn’t going to change even if some of my posts offend some people.
Sorry, not sorry.
Have a great day!