Ketogenic Rant

I read an excellent article this morning by Amy Berger, a Certified Nutrition Specialist with a Master’s Degree in human nutrition. I personally know few people who care enough about their food consumption to grasp all the nuances of the essay, but there are some excellent nuggets of nutritional wisdom even for the moderately interested. It’s linked at the bottom of my post.

For what it’s worth, my diet is not ketogenic per se, but it is low carb. It is not protein restricted (not even close), or even that high in fat. I have done strict keto before as I’ve written, but my move to a Paleo diet in April 2016 was based on some of what you’ll find in Amy’s article. I felt that my diet could be healthier than it was doing a strictly ketogenic diet, i.e. making sure I never exceeded 30 grams of usable carbs each day, and always ate 70% of my calories from fat. Looking at my tracking app, I am now consistently between 10-15% of calories from carbohydrates, just over 60% from fat and the rest is protein. I ensure I get .82 grams of protein per lb of body weight every day and I simply avoid grains, legumes and dairy.

I feel excellent physically which is a key point in Amy’s “rant.” The most relevant measure of cardiovascular risk, the ratio of triglycerides to HDL cholesterol, is so good it’s almost shocking. Blood pressure is excellent, resting heart rate is ridiculously low (so low they had to keep on eye on me while under sedation for my bicep tendon repair surgery) and I’m lean enough to have visible abdominal muscle.

I am not interested in telling anyone what to do, especially what to eat. I do what I do, I write about it because I like to write, and if anyone finds it of interest, that’s swell. But Amy makes a living telling people what to eat, and she really put some effort into this so-called rant.

Stop following a medically therapeutic diet “just cuz.”

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