Hell_Is_Like_Newark said:I have been noticing an uptick in articles slamming keto diets. Seems like a lot of "health professionals" are freaked out by keto. This is the latest one I have come across:
For starters, most of the lost weight is water weight, according to Lisa Cimperman, R.D.N., a clinical dietitian at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
“Once your body enters ketosis, you also begin to lose muscle, become extremely fatigued, and eventually enter starvation mode. Then it actually becomes even harder to lose weight,” Cimperman told Healthline.
Mawer said he doesn’t believe the keto diet causes muscle loss. He did caution it’s not optimal for someone trying to gain muscle.
Other experts interviewed by Healthline had stronger words of caution.
“Keto diets should only be used under clinical supervision and only for brief periods,” Francine Blinten, R.D., a certified clinical nutritionist and public health consultant in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, told Healthline. “They have worked successfully on some cancer patients in conjunction with chemotherapy to shrink tumors and to reduce seizures among people suffering from epilepsy.”
All of these scare-mongering claims are easily disproved--there are countless people who live on this diet. I personally am on some sort of low carb diet for over 4 years, I adjust according to my needs, including powerlifting and building muscle. Full quarter of Swedes are on low carb diet. Low carb high fat (LCHF) diet is recommended by their surgeon general.
Then there is all kinds of research on the matter by Drs. Atkins, Peter Attia, Volek and Phiney, and books published by them and Gary Taubes and Jimmy Moore.
The trouble with doctors is that they are taught current dietary guidelines, and despite knowing the physiological processes, continue to regurgitate the accepted mantra. Sometimes it is due to risk of malpractice lawsuits, sometimes due to sugar lobby, and sometimes, as in this case, blithering idiocy.
I highly recommend reading the above authors. For powerlifting I recommend Leangains.
Then there is Mongolia, Masai, Siberian pastoralists, northern nomads (Eskimo etc.) for whom LCHF diet was the norm for centuries.
Edit: Forgot--eating meat today is a politically incorrect act. This is the greatest opposition to these diets. It is further effort at emasculation of men, which must go on at all costs. Hence all SJW, PETA, feminazis etc. will oppose these attempts at eating healthy.