The Negatives of An Elimination Diet

Every year, the industry repackages low carb into something different. First it was Atkins, then it was Paleo (I know, I know, it’s not by design low carb), now it’s Keto. I’m going to be one hundred percent honest with you. I used to be all in on the low carb, Mark Sisson craze a few years back when everyone swapped carbohydrates for fats. I got to my leanest level of body composition ever, and I felt great. I was under ten perfect for the first time in my life and then realized that one, it wasn’t that fun and was rather pointless and two, I missed carbs.

But something bad also happened to me physiologically. I re-gained all the weight and over a period of three years after I carried more body fat than ever before despite eating less. I was underfed by about 500 – 600 calories per day over the course of a year when I was following a low carb diet, and that was plenty of time for my metabolism to down regulate. My body sensed I was not feeding it enough so it stopped burning the amount of calories it used to. My body was in a state of stress form high intensity workouts and so my elevated cortisol kept fat on my body.

Great initially, but then long term was damaging.

Before you consider whether or not a keto diet is right for you, I’d like to caution you against some very real possible outcomes.

First, the initial “results” it tends to produce are transient and illusory. When we slash carbs, the first thing to go are glycogen (our stored carbohydrates) and water. We see a big drop in total weight, but typically none of it is fat. That then hooks us, and off we go down the trail to slashing carbs.

Second, it’s incredibly restrictive by nature as the overwhelming majority of the grocery store is wiped out and we’re left with animal proteins and veggies. I do not like restrictive diets because they are all or nothing and very challenging to adhere to over the long haul.

Third, it creates fear around carbohydrates. Carbs are needed for many things and do not cause weight gain. Too many carbs might, but that’s like saying a glass of wine is bad because drinking a bottle and then driving might make you kill someone.

And finally, the potential physiological impact on your hormones and metabolism that I mentioned.

We are not saying that keto or low carb is evil. It can work for some genetic types and if it works for you, then great. Just don’t be fooled by your thirty day results and keep a close eye on how it treats you over the long term. If you feel yourself putting weight back on as a result of your endocrine system being out of whack, be ready to reintroduce carbs.

-Dave

Thursday, 2.4.21

PB & BAY PARK PSC

10′ EMOM:
6 KB Front Squats +
6 Flat Bell Push-Ups

6 Rounds:
12 Barbell Rows
6 Ring Dips
150m Run

OB PSC

10′ EMOM:
6 KB Front Squats +
6 Flat Bell Push-Ups

6 Rounds:
12 DB Piston Rows
8 DB Snatch
150m Run