GoodHouseKeeping.com recently wrote an article on the idea of Keto Pills and Supplements, and I have to 100% agree with them.
You’ve probably heard of the keto diet or LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) diet. Keto calls for 70% of your total calories from fat, roughly 20% from protein, and 10% or less from carbs.
The intention of LCHF diets is to enter a metabolic state known as ketosis when your body burns fat for fuel. It is scientifically proven that using fats as your main source of energy is healthier. And that you get that full feeling, meaning you don’t over eat.
GoodHouseKeeping highlight a new diet challenge called: Keto 30 Challenge, a month-long diet program marketed by KetoLogic that involves a number of special supplements. Honest Keto Diet, a company recently featured on Shark Tank, sells similar weight-loss pills.
Expensive keto pills and supplements include ingredients like ketones designed to suppress appetite, electrolytes for the dehydrating effects of the diet, certain vitamins and minerals, and even caffeine.
The fact is, is that you don’t need these supplements and should have no place in a healthy diet.
these keto supplements so popular?
My thought is that we are too used to the idea that dieting needs these quick fix pills and powders.
The reality is, that Keto is not a diet in the way that we know it. LCHF diets are about being healthy and reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, with the added benefit of weight loss. And considerable weight loss at that.
The marketing around Keto is a multi-million dollar affair, which means they are so convincing.
The packaging claims that they’ll help you achieve ketosis within 3 days with fuel performance and clear up brain fog.
The problem is that these keto pills and supplements come at a great financial cost, and could have some unintended, undesirable consequences for your health.
Here’s what you need to know before you spend $150 on a 30-day “challenge.”
When you’re in a “starvation state”, your body uses ketones for energy in a similar way to how they’re used on a ketogenic diet — for fuel — and converts them into glucose.
In this state, all those ketones also stimulate an increase in leptin (the hormone that makes you feel full) and a decrease in ghrelin (the hormone that stimulates your appetite).
The higher your blood concentration of ketones, the less hungry you feel.
Because in the history of human evolution, periods of famine forced our bodies to adjust so that you would be less likely to eat something poisonous if there was no food available to you.
Today, taking supplemental ketones to help enhance this biological process will likely decrease appetite by raising blood levels of ketone bodies.
What’s the catch?
The ketogenic state has been linked to increasing satiety hormones and decreasing hunger hormones — well-researched during the initial phase. But once you’re off the keto diet after 30 days, the appetite-suppressing hormones will increase significantly from your baseline.
Meaning that you’re likely to feel physically hungrier than you did before you started all of this dieting nonsense.
The cost of these keto pills and supplements are expensive
Electrolyte supplements provide sodium — sometimes up to 40% of your recommended daily intake for the day.
They’re typically used by athletes for endurance training, but the keto-friendly ones claim to energize you and offset the physical side effects of the keto flu.
Anyone who is planning on doing keto will need to drink additional fluids with electrolytes — especially in the first four days of starting — to help mitigate the increased heart rate associated with dehydration.
Ketologic is $100 per container, Ketoburn is $40 per container, and the predominant electrolyte you’re getting in each is sodium.
That means you’re literally spending up to 100 times more money than you would if you went to the supermarket and picked up a container of sodium chloride, a.k.a. table salt. Paying $100 for salt seems crazy to me.
Supplements like KetoLogic’s KetoMeal and keto-friendly bulletproof coffee recipes also contain MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides). These are fat sources that take less time to digest than the long-chain triglycerides usually found in fatty foods.
You’re better off getting vitamins and minerals in real food. Remember, the whole idea is to eat right and stay healthy.
TIP: Save your money. Rather eat right and stay healthy. Know what you’re eating and why. The weight loss will come naturally.