Recently, one of my favorite mentors, Dr. Shawn Talbott, hosted a Zoom Call as part of our Project B3 program. Each week he answers questions from participants live as part of our coaching during the program. One of the questions he was asked was about the keto diet which leads to the question on everyone’s mind: Is the keto diet safe long term?
People love the keto diet! This is because short term you can lose a lot of weight due to the restriction of carbohydrates. You lose 3 grams of water for every 1 gram of carbohydrates you shed. So, you lose a lot of weight! And for children it shows promise for various things such as seizures, ADHD, autism and more
If you are truly in ketosis, which is actually very difficult to do, your body will start to metabolize fat in a different way.
There is a problem with staying on the keto diet long term. The keto diet is so low in carbohydrates that you cant get in the fruits and vegetables you need to provide the prebiotic fibers that feed the microbiome.
So that raises the question, is the keto diet safe long term?
The microbiome data would suggest maybe not. But what if you could eat keto and get benefits from it? Then how can you also nourish your microbiome without giving you a lot of carbohydrates?
We can do that by giving you targeted supplementation. Someone can be keto and still nourish their microbiome in a proper way by giving the right probiotics, giving the right probiotics, giving the right phytobiotics (which is exactly what the FundaMentals Pack is for Adults and the Kids FundaMentals drink mix is for kids and teens).
Plus if you add in the GBX foods, you get the right oligosaccharides, you are getting the right galactomannans, the right galacto-oligosaccharides, the right iso-malto-oligosaccharides, you don’t just get one probiotics you get a family of them to nourish a diverse microbiome – which you cannot get if you are restricting your carbohydrate intake.
So, can the keto diet be healthy long term?
Yes it can be!
People need to realize that following keto is just like in the past when all of the rage was Atkins. That was when everyone thought ‘I can eat all of the bacon cheeseburgers I want as long as I don’t have the bun’’. Except they were doing it wrong because in Atkins you were actually eating salad and salmon and avoiding things like processed foods, white bread, white rice, white pasta, a lot of whole sources of grains because they are dense carbs.
With keto it is possible to be healthy long term if you focus on lean grass fed healthy fat proteins and carb sources are low carb high fiber. This includes lots of green leafies and beans which look high in carbs but are not because they are so high in fiber you are actually not even accessing most of those carbohydrates.
One of the problems with ketogenesis is that once you are out you are out! It might take you 2 or 3 days to get back into the right ketogenic profile so you have to be very very strict!
How do I make sure to stay on track?
So yes, the keto diet can be safe long term IF you structure it just the right way. But you have to be a professional nutritionist or really dialed into your diet to make it perfect all of the time.
So, it is very important to have the right targeting of those prebiotic fibers that the FundaMentals (or Kids FundaMentals) and GBX Foods can give you in a very precise, therapeutic targeted way to make sure your microbiome is healthy even though you might not be getting that in your base diet.