Hey guys! Yesterday, I had mentioned briefly that I was taking a break from keto, or nutritional ketosis, at the moment.
Well, there are a few different reasons & it’s something I’ve been struggling with & going back & forth in my head over for a bit. Ultimately, I decided to slowly ease my way back out of ketosis on Saturday.
Lately, there has been a lot of talk over ketosis & whether or not it’s either AMAZING or potentially harmful to your hormones, especially if you’re a female. There definitely seem to be two very different teams of thought on it. Honestly, I don’t know who to believe, but right now I feel like erring on the side of caution. I certainly do not want to do my body or hormones any harm.
Many of the studies on ketosis have been done on animals, or in human epilepsy patients, so there really isn’t a ton of research out there to tell us what long-term ketosis would do, or even how it affects us all short-term. Sarah Ballantyne (aka The Paleo Mom) has been talking a lot about her view on ketosis lately… which she seems to view it as potentially harmful to hormone (cortisol) levels, as well as leptin & insulin resistance issues. She spoke about it on one of her more recent podcasts, as well as an excerpt from one of her books, here.
Sarah is not the only one in the Paleo sphere that seems to think ketosis is a bit risky & could potentially be troublesome in the long run. But, on the other side of the coin, people like Jimmy Moore have had great success & swear by keto. If you ever have taken a look at the Reddit.com/r/keto subreddit, there are so many inspiring & motivational, life-changing stories on there – all thanks to keto.
As for me, personally, I have tried keto a few different times and have run the gamut from feeling amazing, to feeling a bit icky here & there. I had been feeling pretty great this time around until later this week & after hearing all of these other thoughts on keto & possible fatty liver disease, well… I thought maybe it best I opt out of it for the moment & play it safe. I really want to lose some fat & lean out, but not at any detriment to my body or hormones.
Sure, keto can offer some fairly quick weight-loss, but is it sustainable? Ultimately, for me, I think I have probably put the weight back on each time when I started adding more carbs back in. You lose a lot of water weight when you cut the carbs, but let me tell you – it sure comes flooding back when you have more again! I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m experiencing right now – good ‘ol water retention. I know it’ll all even out if I just be patient & stay the course. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m playing it a bit safer right now & just trying to focus on losing the fat the healthy, slow & steady, way. Now I don’t have to stress over watching my macros & struggling to get my fat levels so high. Plus, I can enjoy a bit more food freedom, which is always wonderful.
Ultimately, we’re all individual & you’ve gotta do what works for YOU, & I don’t think keto is what works for me, at least not in the long term. It’s been fun experimenting though, & learning more about my body & how this amazing machinery works!