Most of you have read about the keto diet, a program designed around eating foods high in fat, like butter, cream, and cheese, and drastically reducing carbohydrate intake to under 50 grams per day. Placing your body into a state of “ketosis” is the goal. Ketosis occurs when your body no longer has sufficient glucose to break down for energy, and it begins to use stored fat instead. The positive side effect of following a keto diet is rapid weight loss.
But many variables affect your individual rate of loss. Part of that rate of loss is related to the kinds of fats that are being consumed. Keto is based on a “clean” eating philosophy, which means choosing whole foods with little to no sugar and fats from organic and grass-fed sources. So, what does “dirty” keto mean?
Dirty keto is a low-carb diet that lacks vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients. This is typical of convenience foods, as occur at specialty coffee shops and fast food restaurants. Not all of you are able to cook and eat an organic keto meal at home, three times a day, seven days a week. As a keto follower, you need to find a way to eat on the run while still adhering the best you can to a keto program. This need created the dirty keto revolution. Picking up a cheeseburger at a fast food restaurant and ditching the bun is a go-to dirty keto meal. But Keto purists warn not to jump on the bandwagon so quickly.
While dirty keto is convenient and easy to maintain, it muddies the water of the true benefits of following a ketogenic program. Keto is designed to fill you with healthy fats, like nuts, avocados, grass-fed meats and full-fat dairy. The types of fats eaten are meant to come from healthy and clean sources, aimed at keeping you feeling fuller for a longer period of time.
When healthy, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are replaced by the fast food options, you risk eating more because you feel hungry more often. Fast foods are not known to be filled with nutrient-dense ingredients; they are processed and contain higher amounts of sodium and sugar.
While people may have had success following the dirty keto program, it should not be maintained for a long period of time. Eating out makes it harder to track the true daily carb intake. It also misses the mark on providing necessary vitamins and nutrients found in cleaner, healthier fats.
It certainly isn’t easy following any diet program perfectly. Let’s face it, fast food tastes good, right? But nothing tastes as good as healthy feels. Falling off of the clean keto wagon is human, but getting back on is what creates success.
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