Jillian Michaels: Don’t believe the keto diet hype
How do we really decipher the thousands of
studies that are out there on all of these
And the problem is what people will do to
try to sell you a false bill of goods is take
one study and blow that study out as though
it’s the entire picture, when of course
Imagine you have a massive painting but I
only showed you this tiny piece of the painting
but you had no idea what the hell else was
going on over here there, there’s no way
you could get an accurate read on if this
is a sad picture, a happy picture, like there’s
no way you could know, correct?
So when we look at keto here’s why we’re
saying, or not me, but here’s where some
of the advocates are espousing benefits.
Well, what are we doing with keto?
We’re removing carbohydrates, anything that
elevates you got about 20 grams of carbohydrates
a day that you’re ingesting, which is essentially
nothing, it’s about 80 calories worth of
carbohydrates out of what could be anywhere
from a 1600 to 2500 calories a day diet so
And it throws your body into a state of emergency
that’s what ketosis is.
And because we don’t have any glucose or
glycogen, any blood sugar or stored blood
sugar, we turn to fat quickly.
We produce ketones and the idea is we burn
through fat and we lose fat fast.
And that is true and you would think that
would be a good thing.
And in addition, people will say well I reversed
my type two diabetes.
Of course your insulin level was through the
floor, you’re consuming zero carbohydrates
so you have no blood sugar so your pancreas
is not releasing insulin.
And this can also affect conditions like polycystic
ovarian syndrome and by virtue of that connection
it can also affect fertility.
Let’s give it that.
But here’s what we’re not talking about,
there’s zero calorie restriction on a ketogenic
diet so you have a massive amount of oxidative
stress, there’s no consideration of timing
with regard to food so your autophagy process
is totally out of whack
In addition to that it’s very high in animal
fats and animal proteins.
So we’re seeing that diets rich in saturated
fats are poor for our telomeres
oxidative stress, increased inflammation,
your nutrient sensing pathways that are related
to the health of your metabolism are overrun
with constant food, heavy fats, lots of animal
protein and we know it hurts your telomeres
and on and on and on.
Now, what about the benefits?
Is it worth it?
Let me tell you, the number one way to sensitize
somebody’s body, again to insulin, is exercise.
I’ve been doing this a heck of a long time,
I reversed type two diabetes, I’ve helped
people get off all medications for type two
diabetes and POCOS and get pregnant after
years of trying and failing through a commonsense
diet where we don’t eat too much, we eat
real food and we have balanced macronutrients.
So I can give you all those benefits with
none of the negative side effects of keto.
And last thought on keto, we’re stripping
our body of certain fruits, which have a ton
of antioxidants and polyphenols in them.
So again, when we look at oxidative stress
and free radicals and how they’re aging
us we need to look at antioxidant foods that
help to combat that.
When you start cutting out digestive enzymes
and papaya and pineapple and mango and all
the beta-carotene, which is one of the top
things to help keep your telomeres long, something
like keto is detrimental on so many different
And the amount of benefit is so small when
we can take a completely different path get
all the benefit over here, none of the negatives
over here and all the benefits over there.