The keto diet is so easy and so hard that some companies are preying on the gullible with items like:
- Keto Pancakes
- Keto Honey
- Gluten-Free Keto water
Here is the shortlist of Keto easy reminders, this is not the whole diet.
- Eat no sugar:
- Fructose (and all of the thousands of fructose derivatives)
- Eat no starches, except for minor and really small quantity of whole plant starches
- Minimize all fruits
- If it has seeds it’s a fruit. Yes, tomatoes are actually a fruit, so are cucumbers
Here is the thing, your body produces glucose from fat when it is low on glucose from sugar and starch. So starve it of glucose from all sugar and starch sources and it has to convert fats to sugar. Note, this process happens when the body goes into Ketosis. Some people go into Ketosis after 3 days on this constraint, while others will take weeks.
For those of us who are hyperglycemic in nature, it takes weeks in the normal course to get into ketosis, and we fall out just as fast. Those powdered keto drinks may get me into ketosis, but they are either salty or act like a hyper laxative on me, so I stopped.
What I do now is planned fasting. Sundown Sunday starts my green tea (unsweetened) and vitamin supplementation for the next 5 days. Each day I walk a minimum of 4000 steps. I try to pick two days to hit at least 6000 steps. Then sundown Friday, I break my fast with a small or very small dinner. I also try to not eat alone.
Saturday and Sunday come and I try to pick one of those days as a sweat day. Today I was dancing with the parish at our Passover dinner. Legs are sore, and I am sweaty. I think that is a win for the weekend.
So far, I have lost more than 20 lbs and 3″ over a few of weeks, doing this. And all I am doing is fasting for the days that I normally find myself snacking in front of a computer.
So why am I calling out scams? I keep seeing stupid, and obviously non-keto items called out as keto. Keto brownies. Sorry, they got a way with it by making the portions one small bite. So you make a tray, and if you follow your keto plan, that tray will be tossed out to bring stale or moldy before you get through half of it.
I really got pissed off when I saw keto pancakes. WTF?!?!? So I looked at the label and compared it to normal pancakes, and there was nothing keto about it. Truth in advertizing my butt.
Here is the lesson I want you to walk away with: If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Ignoring this is one of many reasons why you are still fat.