The 6 Dangers of Eating Keto

The 6 Dangers of Eating Keto #keto #lowcarb #lowcarbpaleo #hflc

Keto done right, works. Keto done wrong, doesn’t. Highlighting the risks of going keto, high-fat, low-carb paleo and the solutions to stay balanced.

If what you’re doing isn’t working, you owe it to yourself to try something different.

I say this a lot. In my keto YouTube videos, keto podcast episodes, all over the blog in each and every keto blog post… but recently, my thought about that statement has changed somewhat. When I originally started saying the above, it was to urge people to change their eating style completely. Now, I think that may not be totally necessary.

As I enter my third year of following a ketogenic diet, I can’t help but notice how it’s transformed over the years. What I’m doing now looks completely different from when I started. I went from strict ketogenic eating with heavy weightlifting and training, to playing with carb ups to heal my hormones, started incorporating more greens, and improved the quality of fats, all to continue to adapt to the needs of my keto body, at that moment.

These changes to my keto diet haven’t meant that I’ve left keto in any way, I’ve just adapted the basic principles to work for me. And, in doing so, I’ve avoided all of the “dangers” the naysayers claim against the keto diet.

When something isn’t working on your ketogenic diet, perhaps be open to the possibility that keto may still work for you, it just may need some tweaking. Which is where today’s video comes in so beautifully.

Regardless of where you’re coming from, I firmly believe that you’ve got this and that your body knows exactly where it needs to be, at this moment. I’m hoping that these suggestions can offer some light bulb moments to get you out of the funk, inspired, and ready to do good by your body.

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  1. If someone’s doing keto right they won’t have any of the problems you want to solve, just saying …

  2. Hi Leanne,
    I enjoy your videos, I find them really helpfull :) I have just started keto diet and I would like to ask, I am counting my carbs right now, I always trying to be under 20g per day but I have noticed that my intake of fiber is quite low. So what you are saying is that if I consume more carbs ( for example 30-40g per day) from vegatables, it will not violate the ketosis state? Because everywhere I read that it should be under 20g. It is quite confusing for me.

    Thank you very much for your reply :)

    • I’m thrilled that they’ve been helpful, Silvia! As you’re getting into ketosis, it can be helpful for some people to keep the carbs around that 20 grams mark. But I’ve seen many women have success with higher levels as well (for example, 30-50 net grams)! I recommend checking out the section “Net vs. Total” from my program Fat Fueled for more in-depth info on this topic.

  3. Hi Leanne thank you for all the videos on YouTube I’ve learned a lot about keto from you I’m 53 I’ve been struggling to get control of my blood sugar for years , I’ve been on a keto diet for about 6 weeks I just started a exercise program and I’m getting bad muscle cramps what am I doing wrong ?
    Is this a sign of ketoacidosis I have a history of diabeties in my family

    • Hey! Have you been drinking lots of water with electrolytes? When you first start keto, it’s important to keep your electrolytes balanced. If you’re concerned, please talk with your doctor!

  4. Hi Leanne!

    You mentioned in either a podcast or a video the two types of magnesium that you take, and indicated as well that one was great for travel because it was stronger. I can’t find where you mentioned them – do you mind repeating them? Thank you so much!

    • Hey! I always travel with magnesium citrate to keep my digestion up to speed.

  5. Thank you for posting this… I have been on a keto diet since 7/2015.
    I started to walk in a pool and the weight stopped coming off. I have been at a plateau for months. If I do an egg fast, I go down a little bit. In desperation I dropped my Carbs. to 20g. a day, protein 70g. or less, and fat 90ish. I do not eat processed foods and drink a lot of water. I have been keeping track of everything with myfitnesspal. I will get over my fear of carbs and watch your carb up videos and increase carbs / fat/ and protein. I’m curious to how inflammation causes issues. My knees are thrashed – my blood work has high inflammation markers. This caused a diagnosis of lymphedema, well and my Orthopedic said the knees were causing the fluid retention. Anyway,
    again thank you for posting this.

    • Thanks for sharing, Melissa! When a lot of inflammation is present, often times we have to work on healing before the weight loss can happen. Do you have Fat Fueled? Throughout this program, there’s some information on inflammation and how it relates to plateaus during weight loss. Also, in this podcast, my cohost and I discuss egg fasts and carb ups. I think it might be helpful for you!

  6. Nobody said anything about toxin dumps when all the fat starts melting. OMG. I’m 45yo and look like i’m having a major case of chicken pox and neurodermatitis. ACV and Epsom salts soaks help somewhat. My healthcare partner advises me to keep on with the plan, no miracle cure in sight. But six months in and summer at my doorstep makes me wonder whether later rather than sooner would have been more prudent. The benefits of going from 5.8 down to 5.0 on the A1C haven’t been recognized yet.

    • Hi, Frankie. Thank you for sharing! I’m so sorry you’re experiencing this.

  7. Also, if you post my comment, please correct those couple of typos! I have neurological damage from a compressed nerve that makes it difficult to type. ? thank you!

  8. Hey Leanne!

    Thanks for all the work you do and information you share.

    I am a plant-based nutrition therapist of 22 years who has historically followed a low-fat, high-carb diet with success. I’m currently following (designing) a vegan Keto diet to treat Cancer. I call it the VeTo Cancer diet.

    I was concerned about micronutrients and phytonutrients with this diet, as my personal carb goal is 40g/day (about 23% of my cal, while fat makes up 65% and protein is 12%). Not eating meat, of course, makes the protein/fat without carb combo difficult.

    I have noticed a lot of positive changes. I lost excess water weight and gained lean muscle mass. I have more energy and feel less hungry. And I know I am effectively starving my Cancer cells, because they can’t utilize fat for fuel, and they *need* sugar. So I’m happy thus far.

    I’m not sleeping now, though, and I know that’s a symptom of low-carbohydrate eating. It’s also a side effect of the steroid I’m on, so contributing to my insomnia with a low-carb diet was actually preventing me from healing…

    I know I’m not getting all my micros either, so when I watched your video just now and you suggested *not* counting the “good” carbs (drake leafy greens for instance) and I absolutely LOVE this approach.

    So today I will be adding lots of leaves and not coining them to see if I feel better.

    I just wanted to say thanks for stating the obvious, which gives me the mental freedom to loosen up the reigns.

    • Hi, Julie! That sounds amazing, good for you! I’m glad you’re feeling great by eating this way. And I’m so glad you’re going to do away with counting the leafy greens ;) Have you been focusing on eating your higher carb foods at night? I’ve found that this helps with sleep. It’s worth a shot!