The phrase Fat as Fuel should be Body Fat as Fuel
A keto diet can help with inflammation, brain function and weight loss but this popular diet is often misunderstood when it comes to fat loss. On a strict keto diet (70% fat) insulin goes down and the body will shed water, use up glycogen, burn muscle from reduced protein intake and drop waste due to the lack of fiber on a high fat diet. The body will always use what you consume before it taps into fat reserves so eating fats, Mct's and ketones all prevent you from true fat loss. I'm not saying that a person can't loose fat on a keto diet but I am saying that in many cases it is misleading because people loose weight and assume that it is all fat when in most cases it is not.
As the industry starts to really push out bogus info and bogus products to go with it here is some truth for you.
Many companies are marketing keto products that are just products with fat in them which may not spike insulin as much as sugar but will still prevent fat loss. This type of marketing needs to be avoided. For a person trying to loose fat on a keto diet measuring ketones doesn't seem to make much sense to me especially when people are consuming ketones and are still eating glucose. If I measure my glucose before a workout and then after the glucose is lower because I used it as fuel. Same with ketones so having high ketones shouldn't be the goal it should be fat loss. Then people go off the diet and the body tries to bring back the water, glycogen, muscle and waste and the person thinks they are fat again and that they have to be keto forever.
I did a past blog post on this
Keto Protein Scam
I think keto dieting is a great tool that can be used to achieve better brain power, health benefits, fat loss and much more unfortunately I think the alternative health industry, both products and practitioners are selling people on keto without really explaining how it works. On a keto diet calorie levels still matter and most people may not know just how many calories fat contains and as they initially shed weight they may think they can eat a massive amount of calories in the form of fat and loose fat at the same time. This is a miss understanding. You don't have to eat lots of fat to loose body fat. Calories, macro's, micro nutrients and timing all matter. If you wanna gain muscle strategically spike insulin with carbs, if you wanna loose fat don't consume fat all the time as fat consumption is fat sparing. The body will always use glucose, fat, mct's, ketones, before it does the work of breaking down body fat.
Look into intermittent fasting for real results
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