Don’t. That’s right. Don’t. The keto diet is just another version of the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet and the Whole 30. Ever wonder why these diets keep disappearing and then reappearing with a different name? I’ll tell you why. Because they work for a little while and people see results quickly. That’s what we all want, right? Yeah, me included. Unfortunately, after some time goes by, the success of losing weight comes to a complete stop. You can blame it on your slip of eating a chocolate or a slice of pizza at your kid’s birthday party, but that’s not it. It’s your body and your brain. When you don’t eat carbohydrates, your brain tells your body that it is starving. As carbs are the body’s natural fuel for energy, if the body does not receive its innate source of energy, the brain must respond by activating your body to use alternate sources. The process is ketosis. From The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “In this age of the obesity epidemic, some careful work reported in the May issue of the Journal by Johnston et al (1) provides more information to help solve the problem. With strict controls in a 6-wk trial, they directly compared 2 diets: a ketogenic very-low carbohydrate (KLC) diet and a non–ketogenic low-carbohydrate (NLC) diet. They concluded that the KLC and NLC diets were equally effective in reducing body weight and insulin resistance, but the KLC diet was associated with several adverse metabolic and emotional effects. Thus, the use of ketogenic diets for weight loss is not warranted. This conclusion is amplified by the article’s title and by its final sentence: “Patients should know that there is no apparent metabolic advantage associated with ketosis during dieting.” Hey! Have you ever thought about the fact that in the days of yore, when survival skills were a daily necessity, people didn’t really live that long? Let’s get off this bandwagon of low carb dieting! Why do this to yourself when the results after an entire year of deprivation only result in 1-2 lbs more than a healthy weight loss plan with no major restrictions?