KETO IS THE WORST DIET FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE PCOS.
If you look it up right now, every Google search will tell you that “Going Keto” is the Holy Grail Diet for PCOS. That’s true for temporary symptom relief; but completely untrue for long-term success at overcoming this disorder.
I never recommend that any one of my clients “Go Keto”, because I want them to enjoy their life and food and have plenty of energy for their day to day activities. Not pretending they are on a lifesaving diet; whilst actually battling starvation.
That’s a rant for another time though. For now, I’d like to give you 5 reasons WHY keto might be the worst approach for a woman with PCOS.
1. MOST PEOPLE DO A KETO DIET INCORRECTLY
For many of the women I consult, managing both the keto diet and PCOS correctly is a really hard task.
In a typical ketogenic diet, you would be eating around 75% of calories from fat, 20% from protein and about 5% from carbs. That’s 25 grams of carbs per day for an average woman who is moderately active. In a perfect dieting world, when you reduce the carb intake this much, your body shifts into ketosis – a metabolic starvation mode that gives this dietary approach its name. Rather than running on the normal glucose-based fuel cycle, like a high-tech hybrid, we start burning fat in the form of “ketone bodies” instead.
Well that’s the theory anyway.
This diet is so restrictive and difficult to follow, most people fail at getting into ketosis and result in people unknowingly failing to achieve the pre-requisite metabolic state.
One‘phulka (indian flat bread) is 15 grams. The 25g limit includes carbs in all other food items – Including fruits and vegatables. Which means that those are out too. This makes the failure rate of this diet extremely high.
2. MOST PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE HOW HORRID IT FEELS TO DO A KETO DIET
The Carb withdrawal ‘keto flu’sets in 2 days in, and can last upto two weeks before you even get INTO ketosis.
You can expect to feel terrible for at least a couple of days when getting started. Symptoms include brain fog, headache, chills, sore throat, digestive issues, dizziness, insomnia, and irritability
Discipline is everything, and you have no idea how much you’ll need. It only takes one bad decision throughout this period and you slide right back to square one.
Depending on your metabolic health, age, and activity levels, once you’re out of ketosis for just one day, it can take you weeks to get back to where you were.
3.VEGETABLES & FRUITS COUNT AS CARBS. WHAAATT??
The toughest part of keto is the fundamental restriction on carbs. Fruit consumption needs to be highly restricted and you can only ever eat non-starchy vegetables. Grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables are almost entirely off the menu meaning your ingredient options are drastically reduced. If you’re trying to follow both a keto diet and have restrictions such as being vegetarian, vegan or Jain, then you really need to be creative in the kitchen.
4. THE WEIGHT YOU LOSE ALWAYS COMES BACK
Because the keto diet is so restrictive, health experts say it’s not an appropriate diet to follow long-term. Most people will regain a lot of the weight they lost as soon as they go back on carbs.
These types of back-and-forth weight fluctuations can contribute to disordered eating, or can worsen an already unhealthy relationship with food. In many cases, what you really need is a lifestyle coach or a professional counselor to help you get to the bottom of your food relationship issues.
The bottom line it that unless you’re a super well-informed food accountant who is highly disciplined and organises for at-home blood ketone testing, its easy to slip out of ketosis and not realize it. Without realizing it. This makes it fairly impractical as a long-term weight loss solution.
A better option for PCOS is a ‘slow-carb’ diet. Good quality fueling carbs, instead of refined starches; plenty of fresh local foods, quality sources of protein, and targeted supplementation. An expert can guide you with the best plan to knock off that pcos weight and keep it off.
Choose a lifestyle instead of a diet, and you’ll succeed. Everytime.
Weight Management Specialist | PCOS and Metabolic Reset Specialist.