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 keto diet, which is high in fat. The greatest concern about keto that I encounter is fear that a high fat consumption ruins health.

If you’re munching cheese and whipped 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.

If you don’t want to do keto, I’m fine with that. But I’m NOT fine with you making a health decision based on false information. Therefore, let’s debunk the fat myths once and for all!

Fats Won’t Kill You

Fat’s danger is a fairytale made up by the sugar industry in the 1960s 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 master scientist. 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 Increased My Fats and Optimized My Cholesterol!

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. 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.

“Perfect” Cholesterol – but My Doctor Still Predicted My Death

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!

How Carbs Ruined My Sex Life

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.

Now, over to you. What is scaring YOU from starting keto? Share it with me!

Alexia Bjarkan
Keto Coach

Alexia Bjarkan

Keto Coach at The Benefactory.

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