Why Keto fails.
I have tried to help many of my friends and family go onto a Ketogenic diet. I was surprised to find that not one has been able to do it for a very long. I first felt disappointed, but then I felt determined to figure out why they felt they could not stick to this way of eating.
- People drink alcohol.
Whether it is a few beers on the weekend or a glass of weight a night – most people drink alcohol.
Most alcoholic drink are full of carbs and or sugar. Champagne and dry wines and spirits are better low – carb choices, but your body sees alcohol as a toxin, so it deals with it first and then stores all carbs, fats and proteins as fat to deal with the task at hand.
When you feel tipsy or drunk chances are you are going to indulge. Alcohol makes you hungry and it make you throw caution to the wind. Chips and pizza here we come.
- Keto Flu
I think it is safe to say that most people are highly addicted to sugar and carbs. Apparently we get a type reaction in the brain similar to what addicts get from their drugs. Sugar is in everything. When we suddenly cut the carbs and sugar the body does go through withdrawal like symptoms. It has to make the switch from using glycogen as energy to making ketones for energy and that does take a toll on ones system. This is a very lousy time. People have reported feeling not just flu like symptoms but also
- very moody
- head and body aches
When you have a busy life and schedule it is hard to take a few days off to feel like death-warmed-up. Keto Flu only lasts for about 2 – 4 days, but can be a deal breaker
- People miss variety
Let’s face it, a bun-less burger is no fun. Making Spaghetti bolognese for the family for dinner? – sorry no pasta for you. Having no fruit, no carbs and no treats can be really hard. I missed yogurt, smoothies and juice.
People strive on variety, we call it the spice of life and in today’s world we are used to having heaps of variety.
Side note; comfort food. Not a lot of people can say that their favorite comfort food is rump steak or boiled eggs. Usually it is something yummy and soothing.
- We don’t want to stand out or seem difficult / different
There is nothing worse than going to a work function or social gathering and having to say in front of people: “I don’t or I can’t eat that”. They might even ask whether you are allergic, or gluten intolerant. In turn you will have to say “no, I am on a diet”. This is hard. We want to be cool, easy going and more importantly – we want to be just like everybody else.