Does keto work for everyone? No. Didn’t work for me and a high percentage of women seem to have problems. I made a new video to go into details about problems with women and the ketogenic diet:
Problems with keto for women
It tried it in my 20s, 30s and 40s and never got the promised benefits and weight loss. Women seem to have more trouble on ketogenic diets — keto doesn’t work for me. Here are my ketogenic diet results over a time span of twenty eight years of trying the ketogenic diet off and on.
Ketosis is NOT a guarantee of weight loss (Stephen Phinney says this on Jimmy Moore’s website.) I never experienced easy weight loss on a ketogenic diet and had all kinds of keto side effects and problems like higher appetite, cravings, constipation, bad breath, heart palpitations and anxiety. What’s wrong with the ketogenic diet? In my experience, it’s is not the best way for ME to lose weight and I find it easier to lose weight with some starchy vegetables for carbs and lower fat. For me, low carb didn’t produce weight loss beyond the initial water weight loss that comes when you deplete the body of carbs. I kept trying the diet in different ways — more calories, less calories, different types of fats, etc. over MANY years and many attempts. Never worked.
**PLEASE NOTE: I was always under 20g carbs and high fat. I did not make the mistake of eating too much protein or carbs. Although I did one version of the diet that was just eggs and high fat chocolate bars, I usually “did it right” with just meat, oil and some veggies (again, lower protein and under 20g carbs).
Re: hunger while low carb. When I google “hungry on keto” it tends to be women complaining of still being hungry.
To people who say “You did it wrong.” While my “egg fast” in my 30s was imbalanced and insane, it’s funny that I found out that it’s something many low carb people recommend to jump start weight loss! Google “Jimmy Moore egg fast.” I did a stint of this in my 30s TEN YEARS before this became popular with keto peeps. Someone said I did it wrong because I was eating “meat” and chocolate — I was eating EGGS (6 a day) and a low carb (no sugar) HIGH FAT tiny chocolate bar that was under 1g carbs. This was very high fat and low carb. AND this is the only time I actually got results! When I “did it right” with just meat, oil and veggies, I never lost weight.
To my keto fans — I understand that some people love keto and have great results — awesome. Go for it. But what I don’t understand is people being so militant about a food regime that if anyone tries it and has problems and gives it up that they must have been “doing it wrong.” I allow for differences in people. Some people seem to thrive on vegan, others keto, others… whatever. I heard the exact same thing when I attempted being a fruitarian for a few years. I gained a TON of weight and started to get soft teeth (I brushed dents in them). I saw others complain of the same problems and all the fruitarian gurus said, “You’re doing it wrong.” And promised that it DOESN’T cause tooth enamel loss — that that was a “myth.” Well, I have dents in my teeth from that one!
We are all different and I don’t believe the world should be on one diet.
Lyle McDonald is well-known in the body building community and he’s usually on the cutting edge of health trends. He’s an expert on low carb (if you are a keto peep you should definitely know who he is). He wrote a significant book about keto (this is not an affiliate link — just info):
In the description of the book, he writes something that I totally agree with when it comes to the ketogenic diet:
“Folks who are pro-low-carbohydrate diets tend to present them as the quick and easy solution to everything including obesity. Easy weight loss without hunger or calorie counting is promised but never seems to pan out as well as we might hope.
At the other extreme are the anti-low-carbohydrate folks who tend to present low-carbohydrate diets as nothing short of a nutritional disaster being perpetrated by a bunch of con men.
The truth, of course lies somewhere in the middle. While low-carbohydrate diets aren’t for everyone and have their pros and cons, the research is clear: they have major benefits under certain circumstances and can be as healthy (and sometimes healthier) than ‘standard’ carbohydrate based dieting.”
Ditto. I respect the keto diet — it has its place and could be great for some people, but it’s not for everyone. And it’s not magic.
Another interesting post about low carb: