Introduction to Keto – Part 1
Keto For Truckers
What is Keto
If you find and read different Facebook pages on keto you will find that there are several different theories. There are so many theories out there it would be difficult to list them all in an introduction to Keto. Some pages are very strict on what you can eat; some employee an If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) attitude.
As with the definition of what constitutes keto, you will find that people want to describe by different acronyms. You’ll find that most people don’t want to say keto is a diet, but we’ll get to that later. One of the acronyms everyone uses is WOE.
WOE just stands for Way of Eating. This is just an easy way of telling people that keto is how we choose to eat. Just like being a vegan is a WOE. I’m not sure why this is much different then saying diet. If you want to use something besides WOE use WOL.
Like WOE, WOL is another acronym for diet. Unlike WOE this acronym stands for Way of Life. I like this more than any other acronym because it kind of tells the listener that this is the way I choose to live.
So why don’t people like the word DIET? My guess is the word has always been used to mean a restriction of food to lose weight. But that’s not the true meaning of diet. The true meaning is just a way of eating. It doesn’t matter if it’s to lose weight, cut inflammation, or just to live.
One thing I will tell you is: keto is NOT a miracle weight loss system. The weight is not going to just fall off you. It will be a slow process and will take time. In a later post I will discuss initial weight loss vs permanent weight loss.
Keto is a restricted carb diet. It is known as a Low Carb High Fat diet (LCHF). So how many carbs can you consume? Again, that depends on the Facebook group you join. Some people say you have to stray under 20 grams. Some groups say it is ok to eat up to 50 grams. Here is a video by Dr. Eric Westman that explains carbs. Dr. Westman page 4 speach
Another debate that a lot of sites have is net carbs vs total carbs. According to Healthy Eating net carbs is defined as:
“Net carbs are simply the grams of total carbohydrates in a portion of food minus its grams of fiber. Because fiber is a carbohydrate that your body cannot digest, it does not raise your blood sugar levels or trigger an insulin response.”
Contrary to what some people have been led to believe a carb is a carb. In other words, all carbs are equal. They all force an insulin response from your body. Some just faster then others. The carbs we will be looking at later will be the carbs that give us the lowest net effect.
If you watch Dr. Westman’s video you will notice that he doesn’t talk about macros. His way of doing the diet has come to be known as “Lazy Keto”. He talks about the items that are on Page 4 as being acceptable. You will read a lot of people mention page 4 when talking about keto. I suggest you watch this video before you get started.
This had been a short introduction to Keto. In the next couple weeks I will be talking more in depth about the various aspects of keto. We’ll talk about why I don’t think it’s a miracle diet. Also, we’ll talk about macros, weighing vs measuring, macros, benefits of keto, and resources to help you on your journey. This is not an all inclusive list. It’s just what I thought of off the top of my head.