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Keto - Good or bad for my longterm health?

Commented on December 02, 2012
Created December 01, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Hi all, basically I've been on Keto for 7 1/2 weeks now. I'm 19 years old, 6"2-6"3ish and started at 150KG and am now 137KG. I'm quite happy with my progress in weight loss so far but I have a few questions.

My decision to lose weight was influenced by my desire to be healthy. After being on the chubby side/overweight my whole life and obese since about grade 11 I knew that I was going down a really bad path and I had to change. Not only that, but there was also the fact I wanted to improve my image and gain some more self confidence and maybe even meet a nice girl.

I chose keto because I love eating meat, essentially, and because it allegedly suppresses your hunger (which has definitely worked for me). I have gone from eating upwards of 3-4.5k calories a day to less than 2k on a regular basis.

For the most part of the last two months, I have been eating up to 150-200g of bacon and 1-3 eggs almost daily, which make up a large portion of my macros (65/30/5). If I have a steak, I also eat the the fat but almost always avoid the chunky fats on the side of the meat.

I have read numerous posts and threads and even journals/medical papers stating that the link between saturated fats and bodily cholesterol is rather sketchy at best, and that there isn't solid evidence to conclude that consuming high quantities of these fats actually leads to heart attack - and instead, it is said that high carbohydrate/grain/gluten diets significantly increase the risk of heart disease because they cause an increase in triglyceride and small, dense LDLs which can cause blood vessels/arteries to become inflamed, resulting in heart disease.

For those interested, my Grandpa on my Mum's side has been diabetic for years and also suffered multiple heart attacks. He is getting rather old, but I understand that both of these diseases are hereditary to some degree and I would prefer to lower my chances of an early heart attack and developing diabetes.

I was recently diagnosed with prehypertension/or in the early stages of stage 1 hypertension. Besides losing a lot of weight (which I read will be better for my blood pressure/heart, and body) I am also obviously limiting my sugar/carb intake (control insulin/reduce spikes and reduce insulin resistance over time) as per the Keto diet macros in the hope that it will help me regain control of my blood pressure, lessen my chance of developing diabetes and hopefully improve my health for the long run. I am also working out four times a week, doing 20-40 mins cardio and some weights.

Please let me know your thoughts. Is Keto going to improve my heart and metabolic health or worsen it?

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on December 02, 2012
at 06:49 AM

I hope that you've taken the before photos so that you can post it alongside the hot body you're gonna have. Just don't work out too much,listen to your body. Otherwise,keep up the good work!

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on December 02, 2012
at 01:52 AM

Before bread was a convenience food. Another great thing about Keto is I know there is nothing in my house that I can eat without having to prepare it to some degree. And when I think about that, it always helps me stop preparing or cooking food when I shouldn't be eating it!

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on December 02, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Thanks a lot for your reply. I do feel great, so I guess that's a good sign, right?! I am going to continue with Keto during the holiday season but I suspect I will probably have a few cheat days near christmas. On these cheat days I don't expect to eat any bread/major carbs though, just ignore my calory count and probably some low carb beer/alcohol. Honestly I haven't had much of a problem adapting to the diet, I don't really think (or have any real interest) about eating bread anymore at all, or any other carby foods, and I feel that my weightloss has been good too. Ketoguy

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on December 01, 2012
at 05:51 PM

I would go on how you feel. My husband lost 20 lbs over 2 months and felt great. He's 6'1" and was 215. After that, it slowed down a lot since he's eating more carbs now, during the Holiday Season and he does not work out, like you. He's trying to work out more and resist bread and cookies at parties.

If you're feeling great and can withstand high carb temptations over the Holidays, go for it! You're doing great, as far as I can tell. Your weight loss, as a percentage of your initial weight, is not too bad.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on December 02, 2012
at 06:49 AM

I hope that you've taken the before photos so that you can post it alongside the hot body you're gonna have. Just don't work out too much,listen to your body. Otherwise,keep up the good work!

A1cdf3c9ff2c79cccaeb53c1090981f3

(5)

on December 02, 2012
at 01:52 AM

Before bread was a convenience food. Another great thing about Keto is I know there is nothing in my house that I can eat without having to prepare it to some degree. And when I think about that, it always helps me stop preparing or cooking food when I shouldn't be eating it!

A1cdf3c9ff2c79cccaeb53c1090981f3

(5)

on December 02, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Thanks a lot for your reply. I do feel great, so I guess that's a good sign, right?! I am going to continue with Keto during the holiday season but I suspect I will probably have a few cheat days near christmas. On these cheat days I don't expect to eat any bread/major carbs though, just ignore my calory count and probably some low carb beer/alcohol. Honestly I haven't had much of a problem adapting to the diet, I don't really think (or have any real interest) about eating bread anymore at all, or any other carby foods, and I feel that my weightloss has been good too. Ketoguy

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