There’s a blog I read on a pretty regular basis. The writer usually has good info but he tends to stuff his writing with lots of affiliate links. OK I guess, everyone needs to make money and after all I don’t have to click on them…
He seems to be on a new theme – the KETO diet. Nothing wrong with that either. I struggle with weight myself. I also researched the Keto diet and it does seem legit. So what’s the problem?
He makes it out as a big deal (and it is). He writes about how personal the struggle with weight is (and it is). Then, the inevitable product link. Booh… Really? Your idea of helping people is to post product links to crap that YOU sell???
The real deal about the Keto diet…
The real deal about the Keto diet is it’s simple and it works. The more real deal that almost no one promoting it tells you is that it’s SO simple you don’t need to hire a fucking expert or buy “proprietary” supplements to make it work. Can you read labels? Good. Then you don’t need to waste money to have people blow sunshine up your ass…
Keto diet in a nutshell
20 – 30 grams net carbs (total carb weight – fiber weight) per day max
1 – 1.5 grams protein per pound of your ideal body weight in kg
Remainder of calories come from healthy fats
Wow. Isn’t that easy? Here’s an example. I’m an “average” adult male, so I need about 2500 calories per day. I weigh 210 lbs, but my ideal weight is 175 – 180 (about 80 kg). Let’s do some simple math. 30 grams of carbs is a fixed max for the Keto diet. My ideal weight is 80 kg, so I need 80 – 120 grams of protein. I’ll go with 100 grams.
Carbs and protein each have 4 calories per gram. My carb/protein intake on the Keto diet is 130 grams, or 520 calories. If I need 2500 calories per day, that leaves 1980 calories I need to get from fat. Fat has 9 calories per gram, so that works out to 220 grams of fat.
Simple, right? If you can read labels and do basic math, there’s no need to hire a so-called expert. Are you with me so far?
What about the special supplements?
So-called “special supplements” IMHO are a special kind of stupid way to waste money. If you’re getting most of your carbs from green leafy vegetables, you’re getting all the micro nutrients you need.
You know, all that boring stuff like broccoli, spinach, lettuce, stuff like that. Eat healthy vegetables instead of popping expensive “proprietary blend” supplement pills? Who would have ever thought of that???
OK, rant over…
Bottom line on the Keto diet is that it does work. Bottom line on most people promoting the Keto diet is they’re trying to separate you from your money. You don’t need special supplements. You don’t need an alternative health care “specialist.” All you need to do is follow the basics – 30 g max carbs, protein based on your ideal body weight, and the rest of your calories from healthy fats. Oh, and stay hydrated. Everything else is a bunch of pure BS.
What about the coffee???
I’ll admit, my weakness was coffee. I love lots of honey and lots of cream. Problem is honey has 15 g of carbs per tbsp. I use(d) 1 tbsp per cup for 2 or 3 cups per day. Just 2 cups blows my carb intake.
Want to know a secret? It doesn’t take very long to get used to drinking coffee black. Man up.