The Mediterranean Diet vs. Keto Diet
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.
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;
- Intermittent fasting – I will do a post about that this week.
- Only eat when you are hungry.
- Cut your portions in half. When you get up from the table you should not be so full that you are miserable.
- Avoid fast food.
- Drink lots of water.
- Eat slow.
- Diet rich in fruits and vegetables
- Limit red meat to 2-3 weeks
- Good fats from nuts, seeds, grains, avocados
- Fish, turkey, chicken should be main sources of protein
- Diet is sustainable and more of a lifestyle
- Proven to reduce cardiac issues.
- 20 Net carbs a day
- Limit fruit to approximately handful of berries a day
- Cannot eat any grains, lentils, beans, etc
- No starchy vegetables
- Eat eggs, meats, cheese, green vegetables
- May develop Keto Flu
- Ketosis can be dangerous for extended periods.
- Must stay on diet or convert to this type of lifestyle to keep weight off.
- Increased sodium and cholesterol intake will eventually trigger cholesterol problems
Links to some great recipes I found.
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