On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we’re discussing who would benefit from keto, in particular, is the ketogenic diet right for you?
Today’s viewer question is from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 020.
Here’s today’s viewer question:
lindawilmarth from Snapchat says:
What do you guys think about the ketogenic diet?
Brad: I’ve always spoken from experience, and I’ve never done a ketogenic diet before.
Insulin resistance typically means your insulin is always high, even when you first wake up in the morning, in a fasted state, before eating anything.
It’s going to be such a shock to your system because the ketogenic diet is very restrictive when it comes to consuming sugar.
The keto diet recommendation is typically under 50 grams of carbohydrates a day.
Honestly, if you’re looking to lose weight and decrease insulin resistance, give the ketogenic diet a try.
However, for me personally, I don’t need to be that restrictive, since I’m not obese, and I don’t struggle with insulin resistance.
Even though many fitness experts would say I’m still low carb, I can still add in a little bit more carbohydrates to my diet, rather than restricting it to under 50 grams per day.
Jess: How would a person know if they are insulin resistant?
I feel like this question will come up.
Brad: Yeah, to get the answer, you would have to go see your doctor, and they can get your blood work done.
However, if you’ve honestly tried everything…
Jess: Yes, we have to emphasize, “honestly tried everything”.
Brad: That’s my point.
Jess: Yes, you actually have to do things to completion.
For example, you can’t just go on a ketogenic diet for one day, and then come to the conclusion that it doesn’t work for you.
Brad: Yes, exactly.
Jess: You have to test it a little bit longer on yourself.
We usually recommend you give yourself at least a two week period of doing something different with your diet, before you conclude if it works or doesn’t work.
The word that comes to mind when I hear ketogenic diet is, short-term.
I don’t see anyone being able to sustain the keto diet long-term.
Are you never going to have a piece of birthday cake again?
Brad: No, I disagree, and this is what the problem is.
It doesn’t mean 100% of the time you have to follow the keto diet.
Jess: I guess so.
To be honest, we don’t follow any “diets”.
We show you what we eat and we know what works for us.
Brad: We call it the Live Lean diet.
Jess: Yeah, but it’s not a “diet”.
You can’t even call it that because it doesn’t have a box of here’s what you do and don’t do.
It’s more flexible than that.
Brad: If you actually look at the definition of “diet”, it’s a way of eating.
Jess: Yeah I know.
However, the way the word “diet” has been perceived, I feel like it means a box that you stay in.
Brad: Yeah, for a short period of time.
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