Fat Is the New Sexy: Don’t Let the Myths Scare You off Keto

Eat High-Quality Fats to Look and Feel Great.

Burning fat for fuel increases quality and quantity of life. Dr Mercola

I’m a coach on the ketogenic diet, which is high in fat. The biggest concern that I hear from people interested in trying the keto approach is that the increased fat consumption will ruin their health.

If you’re munching cheese and drinking cream from morning to night, I can imagine that it will have a negative health impact, yes. Although many people lose weight in the short term by eating dairy, it’s toxic. The dairy toxins can cause inflammation, which might lead to weight gain in the long run. That’s why the keto diet that I propose has low-toxin foods, to optimize weight loss and health.

Here are my three most important fat findings. Read on to debunk the fat myths once and for all and take your weight loss game to the next level!

1. Fats Won’t Kill You

Fat’s danger is a fairytale made up by the sugar industry in the 1960’s to make them more money. And how they succeeded: for decades, the dominant official guidelines have been to avoid fats. Only recently have governments started to backtrack and admit that it’s the sugar and carbs, not the fats, that are the issue.

The result of a few decades of sugar industry propaganda has led us to where we are now: a worldwide obesity epidemic

So let’s look at the facts. A study recently published showed that a keto way of eating improves cardiovascular health markers. Other studies have proven that the keto diet can improve cholesterol. 

I’m not a pro when it comes to science. But intuitively, I find it strange that nature would give us delicious fats (like avocados, coconut oil, and eggs) to punish us with heart attacks. Processed foods, sugar and carbs manufactured by food companies, on the other hand – I’m not so convinced.

I’ve got my personal fat scare experience to share. Years ago, I was on a “standard” diet high in carbs. The carb content was especially high for me since I couldn’t control myself once I started eating them. It had a terrible impact on my body: acne, bloatedness, diarrhea.

During a medical exam, my doctor realized that I had sky-high cholesterol levels. “Like an old person.” (I was in my early twenties.) She gave me a few weeks, and if my levels wouldn’t change, she wanted to put me on cholesterol medication.

Through a blog post, I incidentally discovered The Diet Doctor. This Swedish doctor was proposing a high-fat, low-carb diet. The blogger who’d written about him described how this way of eating had helped her overcome her sugar addiction and overeating and since I identified with those issues, I decided to try the diet. So I started avoiding carbs and smashing scrambled eggs instead (since this was the simplest low-carb meal that I could think of).

I didn’t know what I was doing, and I now cringe when I think back on eating six-seven eggs at a time on some days… It wasn’t perfect (no diet ever is, I think), but it was at least an improvement from pasta and pizza every other day.

I told my doctor about my egg diet, and she was alarmed: I’d die in a heart attack, she said. But I could feel how my new way of eating was an improvement, so I carried on.

When I came back for my check-up after following the low-carb diet for a few weeks, lo and behold: my cholesterol markers were all of a sudden within the healthy range. (As far as I remember, they were “perfect” levels.)

Do you think that the doctor congratulated me on having found a solution and not needing cholesterol medication for the rest of my life? No, the opposite: she was still upset about my diet and certain that I’d die of a heart attack. (What a wonderful logic! Take a test and regardless if the result is high or low, the verdict is that you’re going to die.)

Lesson learned from my cholesterol experience: what matters is facts, not assumptions or scare tactics. I won’t follow advice blindly just because someone with a title tells me to do so, but will do what I experience is best for my health. If you’re worried about how the keto diet may affect your cholesterol and other health markers, just get tested!

2. The Fat Hack to Lose Weight

I mentioned above that I was smashing several eggs in one go when I first started eating a low-carb diet. Even that amount wouldn’t be enough to still my insatiable hunger (which probably also had something to do with my mental food obsession).

I now know that the key to a satisfying meal plan is not all about quantity, but also quality and the combination of foods. Firstly, I now do my best to choose organic food and grass-fed protein. These foods have fewer toxins, which is better for health.

I still love eggs but I now eat them together with an avocado and steamed vegetables with grass-fed butter. The protein together with the fats and the vegetable fiber gives real satiation.

So if you’re looking to lose weight on the keto diet, choose high-quality foods and combine protein and fiber together with the fats. It will help you stay full longer, making snacking redundant and thus leading to a decreased food intake and effortless slim-down.

3. Switch from Carbs to Fat for a Peaceful Stomach

Since I promised “sexy” in this blog post title, I need to deliver on the topic.

A few years ago, I was briefly dating this super hot man. I felt like pinching myself, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was! One day, we had a romantic date on the beach. It was time for eating, and we passed this cozy-looking pizza place.

This was during my on-and-off relationship with sugar and carbs: I tried to stay away, but I often couldn’t resist. So that’s what also happened this time: a pizza felt like the perfect fit for the romantic day. I felt so wild and limitless: I was a carefree carb-eater! Anything could happen.

And it did. The romantic date evolved into a sleepover. That’s when the sexiness got an abrupt end as I woke my date and I (and perhaps the rest of the neighborhood) up with a fart that could have shot me to the moon. I. Wanted. To. Die.

The only positive with this horrendously embarrassing episode is that every time I feel tempted to have some carbs, my sleepover episode pops up in my mind. For a second I feel like dying once again, and then I refrain from the carbs.

My current keto diet is keeping my stomach peaceful. I might still need therapy to recover from my fart trauma and dare to spend a night with a man again, but that’s a different story.

Alexia Bjarkan

Alexia Bjarkan

Keto Coach at The Benefactory.

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