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💪 Losing Muscle On Ketogenic Diets
Today I want to discuss ketogenic diets and muscle loss. This week alone I got 3 emails from people telling me they lost a ton of muscle size following a keto diet. It was from 2 men and 1 woman.
One of them stated:
“Doc Sam - I recently followed a ketogenic diet. I paid $100 and got a book, a membership site and so forth because I wanted to do it right. He’s one of these well-know guys on YouTube [I’ve removed his link because I don’t want to say anything negative about this person on Youtube.]
In 4 months, I lost 23 lbs. But I think most of it was just muscle loss because I’m much smaller now, I’m weak and I look “skinny/fat”. My sex drive is gone and I’m cold all the time. I never sweat anymore at the gym. I’m afraid to go back to eating carbs because I don’t want to get fat - what should I do?”
I’m posting this email because this is more typical than people think.
People who exercise and want to get in shape, follow a ketogenic diet and are very excited at first. They get to eat bacon and lots of fat and other “forbidden” foods.
They start to lose “weight” immediately and actually feel a bit euphoric and happy because your brain is using ketones and not glucose.
However, what they don’t realize is that the initial weight loss is just water loss because you’re not eating carbs. Carbohydrates holds 3x their weight in water.
So within a week you LOOK leaner and the scale “proves” it, because of the water loss. But, it’s fake.
Yes, you do burn fat following a keto diet - but if you’re natural and don’t take steroids, your testosterone will drop and so will your thyroid levels. To make things worse, your stress hormone Cortisol, shoots up.
This means you start to lose muscle at a faster rate than fat loss.
And over the next few weeks and months, your metabolism starts to really slow down because of these negative hormonal changes.
People are so afraid of insulin and don’t want it high - but they don’t take into account all of the other hormones.
Now, some of these so-called “experts” will argue and say “but keto diets increase Growth Hormone”. Yes, maybe temporarily and they also increase prolactin, a female hormone.
But GH does nothing unless it converts to IGF (insulin-like growth factor) and THAT requires insulin and thyroid, BOTH of which are low on a keto diet.
Thus, the higher GH is worthless because it doesn’t convert much to the real muscle builder, IGF.
And yes, the minute you add in carbs back into your diet, you blow up and get fat because your body is not used to the sugar, your testosterone and thyroid levels are much lower and your stress hormone Cortisol is much higher.
ALL things you don’t want.
By the way, these negative effects are worse for women and they last longer as well. I really screws things up for women and it’s harder to fix things for them.
So if you want to follow a keto diet, just do it short term … no more than 2-3 weeks and then go back to a higher carb diet.
You don’t have to go to extremes to into shape and I think a keto diet is an extreme.
And if you’re going to get off of a keto diet, slowly add in carbs back to your diet so you don’t “blow up”. It’ll give a chance for your hormones to slowly adjust without the shock and thus, the fat gain.
With that said, I also have another video about this topic called, Clinical Facts About Ketogenic Diets … go watch that right now while it’s fresh on your mind for more details about this topic.
You’ll see the link to it under this video in the description area.
It’s a short video and it’ll give you more clarity, solutions and options.
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I was one of the men who lost muscle mass. I lost 30 pounds on keto and my belly really went down, so I know I lost fat as well, but the muscle mass loss was a bummer. I'm trying to figure out how to get it back.
Thank you. I'll check it out. I have a neurological disease called cerebellar ataxia. Working out is very hard for me, but I need to do something. I need to keep up my strength so I can hopefully walk for the rest of my life.
Keto, Paleo, Atkins - they are all fads and we know fads don't work long term. I will never understand why people make this more difficult than what it needs to be. Eat complex carbs, healthy fats and lean proteins - lift weights a few times a week - that's it. You can't get any more simple than that. Stop with the fads and gimmicks and do old-school nutrition and exercise.
👍👍👍Thanks! Finally someone who puts things straight. This aligns perfectly with my own experience. Keto is ok in periods. When u want to burn fat. Not as a long term diet or even permanent. Btw, seen dr Berg lately? Now he’s just skin and bone....
Isn't it funny how medical doctors get up on their high horse and claim they know what's best in ketosis isn't it... Except people that go into ketosis and actually work out look like beasts and they're the healthiest they've ever been in their life....
However listen to Medical Doctors and the advice they've given for 60 years and America has 70% obesity...
So the doctors give you wrong advice for 60 years and turn the health of America completely upside down we went from a healthy country to a completely overweight out of shape country while they were at the helm.
And then some ketosis Advocates come along and everybody's losing 75 lb in feels like they're in high school again and the doctors are shiting bricks because they realize that their scam is up.
They deliberately made people fat so that they would be sickly and need more pharmaceutical drugs but when you lose all that fat everything starts to work again in your body and you don't need your medicines.
So many people have gotten off their insulin so many people have gotten off of there asthma medicine.
when you're not filling your body with garbage Your Body Works the way it's supposed to.
I like the fact you brought this to discussion, I always loved keto diet and lost a lot of weight with it, getting a 6 pack and everything, but I like to see a counter argument in favor of carbs since debating these things are always good in order to find the truth.
I am no expert but I believe keto works better for some people and worse for others.
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