As someone who has always been interested in low carb dieting, I do find it interesting to keep an eye on the Ketosphere, even though I am no longer eating this way.
I actually deleted a majority of the low carb diet channels I'd previously watched on YouTube, with the exception of 2 Krazy Ketos and Dr. Ken and Neisha Berry. I like their personalities and feel that they offer a more practical and realistic approach to people who are looking to start and maintain a keto lifestyle. Also, I like their interactive Q&A formats, and they've helped me get some great ideas about being a nutrition habit coach in the future.
That said, YouTube still offers up a few other keto/carnivore "influencers" to me, and once in a while, I will admit that I do take the bait and watch to see if there's anything I can learn.
And watching sends me down a slippery slope of thinking...do I want to do an extreme keto challenge? My answer is no, but honestly, I do find the content interesting, if not sustainable for me. Here's a look at three popular challenges right now.
Current Keto Challenges
Sustainability Index: On a scale of long-term sustainability, I rank this as a 0 for me. Some could find the simplicity of only eating beef and butter to be an easy way of life.
72-Hour Sardine Fast
I used to find Dr. Boz quite interesting, partially because she was a Midwesterner, and I grew up in the Midwest. She also developed her own "Dr. Boz ratio" which is another version of the GKI (glucose-ketone index), which all seemed like a super scientific way to do low carb. She's great on camera and she is transparent about showing her keto and glucose numbers during her live shows. She was also honest about how cheating (eating desserts, drinking wine) gave her a higher A1C score than she wanted.
What's extreme about it? In a recent video, she encouraged her students to only eat canned sardines for 72 hours.
What's interesting about it? The sardine fasters showed interesting decreases in their blood glucose during the experiment.
Sustainability Index: On a scale of long-term sustainability, I rank this as a 0 for me.
80/20 with Low Protein and Super High Fat
Trends come and go in the keto world and the pendulum suddenly swung back to 80/20 this week when a popular carnivore influencer noticed that her coaching clients were gaining weight when eating the traditional carnivore diet, which tends to be protein-heavy. The "new" version:
- Eat .7 x your ideal body weight in protein per day (I am okay with this calculation)
- Eat several small meals a day
- Eat fat (basically butter or fat trimmed off your meat) before you eat your protein or with your protein in at least a 2:1 ratio. Basically, this would look like eating 1 scrambled egg in 1 TBSP of butter. That's 7 grams of protein and 14 grams of fat.
- For 30-90 days, you only eat beef, butter (again!), bacon and eggs.
- You do not count calories, weigh food or try to achieve a certain ratio.
- Breakfast could be bacon and eggs, lunch could be a burger patty, dinner could be pot roast.
I'll write a post in the future about things to watch when you're reading nutrition advice from anyone and I may also explore a few extreme diets that I've implemented in the past.