Diets are not a one size fits all model.
What can work for some people can actually work in reverse for others and for this reason one of the biggest predictors of weight loss success is finding the right diet for you, and a diet that is also sustainable. While keto may be the popular diet of the moment, inevitably there will be some people it may not work for. So if you have tried keto and you did not seem to be getting the results you would expect, here are some signs keto may not be for you.
1. You hate doing it
While a high fat diet may appeal to some people, others may simply not like the idea of eating lots of extra fat at the expense of fruit, grains and legumes. There are many diets out there, and many that will work if they are followed. One of the biggest issues with keto is that people find them difficult to follow long term, often because they do not love what they are eating. So if you do not like doing keto, it probably is not the right diet for you.
2. You have hormonal issues
Whether you are battling thyroid issues, insulin resistance, PCOS or even Type 2 diabetes, these medical conditions can be complicated and involve a range of different medications. While keto may be appropriate in some cases, this is not always the case, and in some conditions you may actually gain weight on keto especially if you are not doing it the right way. For this reason, whenever you have other medical conditions that may directly impact your weight and ability to burn body fat, always speak to an endocrinologist or dietitian before dramatically changing your diet to ensure any diet including keto is right for you.
3. Your stomach is giving your grief
The keto diet is exceptionally low in dietary fibre, in particular the types of fibre we usually get via grains, legumes and fruits which can cause significant degrees of constipation. Anecdotally women in particular report this side effect after following keto and ongoing digestive issues can be a daily issue for some people who really struggle to achieve a well-functioning bowel without these types of fibre. If your preference is for gut comfort over maintaining ketosis full time you may be better to choose a different diet and one that results in you opening your bowels more than once or twice each week.
4. You do not feel good
When people start the keto diet, brain fog and flu like symptoms are frequently reported as side effects of shifting your body’s default burning from glucose to ketones. For many keto fans these symptoms improve after a week or two, but for some people they never feel great when their body is in ketosis. They may report feeling tired, cranky, experiencing constant headaches and experiencing significant blood glucose fluctuations which can be distracting on a daily basis. So if you find that after a week or two of being in ketosis you are not feeling amazing, it may not be the right diet for you.
5. You have a history of gallstones or kidney stones
Altering the macronutrient ratios of the diet so that much greater proportions of protein and or fat are consumed can have a significant effect on the gall bladder and the kidneys. While there is no evidence to show that eating keto can cause kidney or gallstones, for those who have a history or predisposition of kidney issues, or gallstones, you will need to be careful that shifting your diet to a higher proportion or fat and possibly protein will not increase the chance of these medical issues developing.
Susie Burrell is a nutritionist. Continue the conversation on Twitter @SusieBDiet