Friday, August 3, 2018

Keto, Pornstars, Potatoes

Very good article about the Keto Diet on MedicalXpress today; A dietitian on what you need to know about the keto diet.


This article mirrors thoughts I've had about the keto diet for years.

Key points:
1. It's very hard to do for more than a couple weeks. ("... if you can't sustain the keto diet, don't worry, you are in the majority.")
2. It will lead to gut microbe imbalances. ("...concerns include the impact on important gut microbes that are likely to be starved of essential fibre required for healthy balance.")
3. Most "Keto" diets are not really keto diets, just low-carb. ("Most people calling their diet a keto diet are simply following a low or very low carbohydrate diet. Low carbohydrate diets can be helpful, at least in the short term, for some people to lose weight. However, as with the true ketogenic diet, most people can't stick with a very low carbohydrate diet for long.")
4. Keto diets should be supervised by a doctor. ("...needs the close supervision of a dietitian in a specialist clinic. This is because the diet is not balanced and can easily lead to nutrient deficiencies, nausea, vomiting, headache, tiredness, dizziness, insomnia, poor exercise tolerance and constipation – sometimes referred to as keto flu.")

Fake News Rules

I cannot believe the amount of press that keto diets are getting lately, seems everyone is doing it now, but when you read the articles, it turns out that the practitioners of keto have only done it a very short time or they are not doing keto at all.

Case-in-point, adult film star Jenna Jameson is in all the news outlets this week for her amazing weight loss using keto and intermittent fasting.


Some quotes to live by:

Jenna Jameson on Intermittent Fasting:
I’ve done it two days now, stopping at 6 p.m. and eating again at 11 a.m.," she says. "This is absolutely doable for me.

...on keto dieting:
I’ve officially weaned off my poison sugar free creamer and am now drinking black coffee with stevia and coconut oil.

On keto diets and breastfeeding:
The breastfeeding mum added another insight aimed to inspire others, detailing that her milk supply hadn’t been affected by her weight loss...“To all of you that are wanting to start a weight-loss journey, look at me! It can be done! Even with a toddler!”

Others have a different view:
"I can't endorse such an extreme eating plan for breastfeeding women," says dietitian and mom of three Elizabeth Ward, author of Expect The Best: Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, and After Pregnancy. For one, the diet restricts mega-healthy foods like fruits and whole grains. "Inadequate intake of starchy foods, such as whole grains, potatoes, and beans, is bad news for gut health because beneficial bacteria feed on the fiber in those foods," she says. The high levels of fat, especially saturated fat, may not be good for heart health in the long-term either.

One final thought:   Any diet that bans POTATOES is just plain wrong.

Hope you all are having a great summer.  I hope to get more active blogging once things slow down for me.



  1. After I weaned my second babe from the breast (key word being AFTER) I got great weight loss results from the C & C diet ..

    C & C diet? Why coffee & cigarettes, of course, it was The Big Thing in the '80's. Worked like a charm, and quickly, too!

  2. With respect to fiber and gut microbiome research, I'd recommend watching this and see what your thoughts are:

    1. Very good presentation. It definitely go me thinking. The only thing he didn't mention was Resistant Starch and that is what our beneficial gut bacteria eat that produces short chain fatty acids (like butyrate).

      Jo tB

  3. LOL. Gotta love authors of nutrition books demonizing saturated fat. Makes everything else she says suspect. And mega-healthy fruit and grains??? No comparison to grass fed beef, free-range eggs, liver, and fish.