Ketogenic: Contraindications and No-No’s
Ketogenic – or keto as it is more commonly known – is really a lifestyle: a way of eating, thinking about and experiencing food. The Ketogenic Kitchen shows you how to approach this lifestyle – you can get into it slowly or dive straight in; it’s up to you.
The main goal of the ketogenic diet is to teach the body to run on fat instead of glucose, so all carbohydrates are severely restricted and are instead replaced with fats in the form of oils, dairy, oily fish, avocadoes, nuts and seeds.
But as with any regime that brings change on this scale, there are important points to note and also some key contraindications. And while many of the contraindications are pretty obscure, it’s essential to know what they are, just in case. The book summarises them, but we look at them in closer detail below.
High fat, not high protein
Keto is a clinically proven method of weight loss, but it also holds much promise for patients suffering from cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, neurological disorders like Multiple Sclerosis, and cardiovascular disease.
But when people hear ‘low-carb’, they immediately think ‘high-protein’, but that’s not the case with keto.
Most of what keto-ers eat is fat – in its many (and delicious!) forms. Proteins are kept at a moderate level because – and few people know this – the body will turn excess protein into sugars.