Why can’t you do keto for a long time? It’s the traditional diet of big chunks of native populations throughout the world (Inuit, Native Americans, Masai). It’s the base metabolism of humans and probably was up until about 10,000 years ago. Almost everyone is in ketosis overnight. Fetuses are ketogenic and babies stay in that state until solid food is introduced. Your body creates the glucose it needs in the liver via stored glycogen and gluconeogenesis. As long as you’re balancing your electrolytes and eating a variety of foods to ensure proper vitamins, which isn’t that hard given you’re still eating vegetables, you should be fine. But that’s true for everyone eating any eating style, you need to have the proper amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Everyone needs hydration. Carbs as a macronutrient aren’t required because we can make them ourselves in the liver. Even proponents who suggest the occasional carb up for women to maintain thyroid only suggest you need to carb up once a week, and that’s not for everyone.
True, keto isn’t easy in modern society. Nobody celebrates their birthday with celery. But metabolically there is no reason you can’t do keto long term as long as you’re mindful of your essential nutrition.
The last time I truly committed to keto (last year), I made a list of all the things that were missing from my life that used to be a daily occurance. It included a bunch of things MAV folks will recognize:
- ear congestion
- tension headaches
- brain fog
- cycling glucose/insulin
- Metabolic Syndrome
- poor sleep
- heart palpitations
- and a bunch of other stuff
I was great. Absolutely great for about 6 months with no headaches, no dizziness, no MAV at all. But, I wasn’t paying attention to that because I went keto to treat other metabolic and inflammation issues. I had started slipping. Then fire season came and it was intense and lasted forever with some of the worst air quality in the world for weeks. I got sick, stopped paying attention to my diet and ended up on Topomax. I’d rather do keto anytime.