The Mediterranean Diet vs. Keto Diet

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What Diet is right for you?

The Mediterranean diet vs. keto diet. What diet is right for you? It is a hard toss up? I personally have done the keto several times and several times lost a great amount of weight. The issue is when you start to introduce carbs back in, the weight always comes back. I don’t know about you, but I am not willing to give up carbs for the rest of my life. I recently met with a cardiologist who explained the risk of the Keto diet with me. Basically in a nut shell, yes you will lose the weight, but you are damaging your body in the long run.

Keto puts your body into ketosis. Here are some comments I found on line. 

 

Mediterranean Diet vs. Keto Diet

Once your body enters ketosis, you also begin to lose muscle, become extremely fatigued, and eventually enter starvation mode. Then it actually becomes even harder to lose weight,”

Cimperman

That’s why many health experts are concerned about people on the ketogenic diet, especially those who try it without the guidance of a doctor or nutritionist. Doctors say that high-fat diets like this one may raise cholesterol levels, and some studies suggest that they increase the risk of diabetes. Some have even called it a “cardiologist’s nightmare.”

health.com

Another study, published this month in the Lancet, also found that people who followed diets that were low in carbs and high in animal proteins (typical of the keto diet) had a higher risk of early death compared to those who consumed carbs in moderation

Health.com

Now I am not saying stop doing the Keto. What I am saying is after much research, personal experience and my goals, I have decided to stop Keto. I still believe calories in, calories out and exercise are the best way to lose weight and keep it off. Keto was a quick fix for me but left my body sluggish and now harder than ever to lose weight the proper way. 

Today is day 1 for a new lifestyle for me. The Mediterranean diet is not a diet but a lifestyle change. I will not be giving up entire food groups but instead eating to give my body what it needs. A few things my cardiologist also recommended were;

  1. Intermittent fasting – I will do a post about that this week.
  2. Only eat when you are hungry.
  3. Cut your portions in half. When you get up from the table you should not be so full that you are miserable.
  4. Avoid fast food.
  5. Drink lots of water.
  6. Eat slow.

Mediterranean Diet

Keto Diet

  1. Diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  2. Limit red meat to 2-3 weeks
  3. Good fats from nuts, seeds, grains, avocados
  4. Fish, turkey, chicken should be main sources of protein
  5. Diet is sustainable and more of a lifestyle
  6. Proven to reduce cardiac issues.
  1. 20 Net carbs a day
  2. Limit fruit to approximately handful of berries a day
  3. Cannot eat any grains, lentils, beans, etc
  4. No starchy vegetables
  5. Eat eggs, meats, cheese, green vegetables
  6. May develop Keto Flu
  7. Ketosis can be dangerous for extended periods.
  8. Must stay on diet or convert to this type of lifestyle to keep weight off.
  9. Increased sodium and cholesterol intake will eventually trigger cholesterol problems

Links to some great recipes I found.

Stay tuned for more information, recipes, progress, etc on the Mediterranean diet

2020 is a new decade and I am still working hard at achieving those goals. Check out this previous post on how to save money. Included are some free PDF downloads. They are super cute and will make your monthly bill planning a lot easier. 

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