The Keto Diet: Is it For You?

In today’s post I am discussing the ketogenic diet, which has recently become a popular topic in health and nutrition. Mark Sisson and Brad Kearns published “The Keto Reset Diet” this month, which is a great resource for understanding the principles behind the diet and why it works well for fat loss. In a nutshell, the keto diet is a high fat / low carb diet that facilitates the body running on body fat and naturally produced ketones rather than glucose.  Proponents of the diet say that they are rarely hungry, have abundant energy and effortlessly lose weight.
That all sounds great, but these diets are not for everyone in the long term. While some can stay on it indefinitely, others find that their energy levels fall after a few weeks. Mark Sisson recommends a 6 week period on the keto diet, then if you don’t feel like it’s working well for you then eating more healthy carbs (low sugar fruits, sweet potatoes, etc.) to cycle your carb count. My own experience on this diet was that I felt good for a few weeks, then my energy levels fell noticeably. MCT oil supplementation helped to some extent, but in the longer term I found that I generally do better with 75-100 grams of carbs in my diet. Everyone’s response is different, so you may want to give the keto diet a try.
If you’re interested in this diet and would like assistance in implementing it with a health coach, please reach out to me using the contact form on the site! I look forward to helping my clients reach their health goals.
Here are some useful links for more information on the ketogenic diet:
The Keto Reset Diet book – Mark Sisson with Brad Kearns  (Amazon affiliate link)
Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts:
The Definitive Guide to Keto
The Keto Diet Excerpt – includes an excerpt from the book, and a link to Mark’s Keto Diet Facebook group
Is Constant Ketosis Necessary – Or Even Desirable?
The Lowdown on Keto Side Effects
Where I Part Ways With the Popular Keto Movement
Robb Wolf: The Origin (and Future) of the Ketogenic Diet
Podcast with Robb Wolf and Mark Sission on the keto diet:
Yours in good health,

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