As I’ve discussed before, I am not a dieter. I don’t have the willpower or the patience to actually follow a diet, nor do I really want to waste my brainspace learning about whatever diet is trendy at the moment. These days, the Keto Diet seems pretty popular, perhaps taking over from Atkins as the “carbs are the worst” diet. Where Atkins was anti-carb and pro-protein, Keto seems to be anti-carb and pro… fat?? Like, Keto says you need to replace all of your carbs with fat. There has been some evidence that Keto is successful and healthy for people with certain kinds of medical conditions like epilepsy, but on the whole, the Keto Diet just sounds like the latest weird fad. Jillian Michaels thinks it sounds awful and unhealthy too. She chatted with Women’s Health (via People) about the diet:
What Michaels thinks of Keto: “I don’t understand. Like, why would anyone think this is a good idea? ‘You know what we need to do? All fat and animal protein!’ No! Bad plan. For a million reasons. Your cells, your macro molecules, are literally made up of protein, fat, carbohydrates, nucleic acids. When you do not eat one of the three macro nutrients — those three things I just mentioned — you’re starving yourselves. Those macro nutrients serve a very important purpose for your overall health and wellbeing. Each and every one of them.”
The diet she recommends: “You don’t eat processed sugar, you don’t eat processed grains, and to make a very long story short: avoid the keto diet. Common sense. Balanced diet is key.”
Vegetable noodles are fine: “Veggies are great for you, so the more vegetables you eat the better off you’re going to be, right? With that said, carbs are not actually the devil, so if you feel like you want pasta, the key is: whole grain, go organic whenever possible so you’re not getting pesticides and all the processed crap. Again, don’t go overeat, but of course something like a zoodle is going to be better for you at the end of the day, so I’m all for it. If you feel like you just need to carb craze, if you adhere to those guidelines I set out you’ll be fine. I eat carbs all the time and I’m the picture of health.”
I can see her point? But then again, my brain probably doesn’t work properly because I love carbs. I wouldn’t be able to function without carbs. What is the purpose of living if not to consume carbs? I’m like Jillian though, on this: we already know what a balanced diet looks like, we already know that avoiding overeating and eating your veggies and working out regularly will do wonders. Also: sleep. I feel so much better and healthier when I’m getting good sleep, and my eating habits are better too.
Photos courtesy of WENN.