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Old 08-27-2010, 12:27 PM   #1081 (permalink)
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Default Re: Workout/Staying in Shape Thread

Ketogenic diets, in my experience & personal opinion, are best used in cycles. I always carb-cycle, but that's a different method altogether. Whereas I manipulate, reduce, and increase my carbs on a day-to-basis now, with a keto diet, you're dealing with a bigger picture & a longer timeframe.

They can be extremely beneficial, especially for people who are holding a lot of excess water weight. However, if you stick with a keto diet for a great length of time, you also run the risk of giving up some serious amounts of muscle mass in the process. Personally, I dealt with that. Just make sure you don't restrict yourself too much, in regards to your carb intake.

Also, as Kamikaze noted, it's good for you to plan a cheat meal about once a week. Don't go overboard with it, but eat enough to satisfy any nagging cravings. It's also beneficial for your metabolism.

Some keto diets suggest eating a lot of fats, which I'm against. Healthy fats? Sure. But some have recommended that you take in (a lot of) fats to offset the amount of carbs you're giving up, in some sort of unhealthy balancing act.

Again, I know the keto diet works. It's good, especially for people that have hit a plateau with their bodyfat, etc. So, if it's giving you results, then that's great. But, as long as you're improving in the gym & busting your ass to force those numbers on the plates to go up, then there's no reason why a simple carb-cycling routine wouldn't bring you the same (or, in my case, even better) results.
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