There are no secrets to success

it is the result of preparation, hard work,

and learning from failure.

~Colin Powell

Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means. Yep, swimsuits, shorts, sleeveless shirts—and panic. And with panic comes obsessions to fix the uncontrollable fear and/or anxiety.

Are you jumping on the next diet fad?  Are you looking for quick weight loss?  If so, you don’t have to look far as there are many “quick fixes” popping up on the Internet, magazine covers, and new books, not to mention billboards.

The desperation I hear is palpable with great urgency.

Everyone who knows me knows I’m not a fan of fad diets—of any kind. They come and they go.

But now and then, one diet comes along that catches my eye. It’s not to say I’m in on it, but it makes me curious to see what the fuss is all about. And, the Keto diet is one that is making a tremendous splash (again!) these days.

So the question here is to Keto or not to Keto?

A few of my patients caught the Keto bug, so I decided it was time to explore this new wave of eating. At first I thought it was the Atkins diet, which on close look it seems so, but it’s not.

Atkins promotes high protein, moderate fat and veggies and low carbs where Ketogenic seems to promote high fat, moderate protein and veggies and no carbs.

And then I stumbled upon The Keto diet, which is an offshoot of Ketogenic. The Keto Diet promotes unprocessed, high-quality fats, moderate protein and veggies, and low carbs. Hmmm.

I have a history of binge eating, food addiction and bulimia through exercise, all of which I’ve been in recovery for close to twenty-five years. The way I could tame the binge giant was to eat a no sugar, high protein and veggie diet with moderate starchy carbs, fats, and fruits.

And it worked for me… and thousands and thousands of people I know who struggled with addictive eating. I’ve seen so many miraculous changes in patients, myself and people I know that I’ve written books on the subject to share with the world.

So thinking maybe there could be another way piqued my interest. In my research, I found that The Keto Diet, by Leanne Vogel and Ketogenic, which seems similar to me, both promote high fat eating. Both of which tout the same good news, I scream from the top of the hill but with a different food structure.

How could this be? Could I be wrong? Are they wrong:? Are we both right?

Bacon Anyone?

Perhaps we are both right.

Ketogenic concerns me with promoting fast weight loss and high fat consumption with little room for carbs such as fruits and starchy carbohydrates.

The Keto Diet, by Leanne Vogel, seems to promote healthy eating from a nutritionist’s view, with the focus on eating for nourishment and optimal health, though weight loss is a likely outcome.

The keto diet and ketogenic diets seem to be almost interchangeable. It seems the Keto plan centers on fat, which supplies as much as 90% of daily calories.  Yikes!!!

It sounds similar to what I promote without the copious amount of fat, which is a frightening thought. I have this visual of bacon, butter, and cream and loads of avocado. 

It is my understanding the idea of the ketogenic diet is to get into ketosis, which is when your body uses fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. In the state of ketosis, the fat travels to the liver and makes byproducts called ketones; these enter your bloodstream and then convert into energy.

I promote a healthy lifestyle through spiritual food, nutritious food, and moderate exercise—a body, mind, spiritual view. I’m not sure one can reach a balance missing one of the three… sort of like trying to balance a four prong stool with only three legs… wobbly for sure.

So is the answer to Keto, or is it not to Keto? I think that is up to you.

My patients engaged in Ketogenic are losing weight—and fast. Those eating the way I eat grew into their right-sized body, slow and steadily—and permanently. Those eating on The Keto Diet based on Leanne Vogel’s book seem to release weight steadily, but the focus seems on health. So…there you have it…

I’m going with my strawberry/banana pancakes made with oat bran, eggs, strawberries, banana, cinnamon and dark cocoa with a dollop of Greek yogurt. Oh yeah! I’m not willing to give up fresh fruit, healthy sources of starchy carbohydrates and slow down on vegetables. A healthy formula that’s worked for me and for others I work with.

What about you? What’s your ideal healthy lifestyle?
If you are following a Keto diet, or Ketogenic, or a balanced diet, I’d love to hear from you. If you follow no diet I’d love to hear from you too. And if you think this is a bunch of hog-wash—or I’ve missed the point or your point please—I want to hear from you as well….

Thank you for spending time with me and my thoughts throughout these pages. I hope my words lit your excitement to become your best self for you. I look forward to sharing my newest book with you on how to release your obsession with money.  God bless you… and your journey through this life and all that awaits beyond…

Thank you for being a part of the reading blog forum of this blog. If you have something you’d like to say, I’d love to hear it. YOU are important and your words need to be heard. I’m here for you.

To learn more on recovery from food addiction, eating disorders, weight issues, dieting, and aging, please check out my Release Your Obsession Series.

Stay tuned…you never know where my mind will wander…

Hugs to you, I care!
Dr. Lisa

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