- Oct 27, 2017
Why wouldn't you call that menu keto? I'm guessing it's between 20 - 50 net carbs.
That menu includes low fat proteins and green vegetables throughout, with a likely low fat greek yogurt as the biggest fat intake. Macro ratios all depend on how the person made their food, but that's probably a lot closer to a 1:1:1 or lean protein heavy if anything for total calories.
The Keto diet most people are doing, much like the Atkins diet before it, is really just a processed carb reduction where depriving themselves of the processed carb. calorie crutch is being replaced by something else. In both cases it's picking something to make the participant feel like they can "cheat" or indulge excessively in one area or another. It is almost always paired with people actually watching what they eat though so surprise surprise, they tend to work because most people eat like shit when they aren't actively monitoring their food intake.
Humans evolved from hunter gatherer societies that lived primarily on fruit, vegetables, nuts, and wild grains. Carbs have always been a core component of the human diet. It also used to be where huge amounts of vitamin demands were met. Fats and proteins from animals meet additional nutrient and vitamin needs, but no one side of the macro triangle is really superior to the other, in the proper form.
If you were to go Atkins and spent all your daily calories chowing down on cheap ass bacon and ripped out McDonalds burger patties you'd probably feel like shit and do substantial damage to your body.
If you do a Keto diet focused around eating tons of processed cheese and other dairy products you'd probably do the same.
Those are the corollaries to what the contemporary western world offers up for carbs. Tons of processed white flour and refined sugar based products.
If instead you get complex carbs from fruit and veg. you'd probably find that carbs aren't the enemy.
Better yet, if people would learn how to make their own breads again, ideally with whole grains and an active culture sponge, they'd probably find that even bread isn't the enemy. People ate carb heavy diets for literally thousands of years without issue when we as a species were 1. more physically active and 2. making most of it at home or getting it from a local baker.
Lastly - anyone claiming that Keto is the reason they lost 25+ pounds in a month are simply wrong. That's not how thermodynamics works. calories in v. calories out. Going Keto might have been part of a massive calorie reduction in your diet, but caloric intake is what controls the body's use of calorie reserves. You can convert an engine to burn an alternative fuell but moving the same size vehicle the same distance is still going to require the same total units of energy. Same goes for the human body. This is basic physics.
And most physicians have consistently agreed for a long time now that losing more than 10% of your body weight in a single week is a bad thing for your body and can lead to serious health issues.