Is Keto Better Than Other Diets? 

 May 14, 2019

By  jennifer@thinkingnutrition.co.nz

“The Diet Is Dead, Long Live The Diet!”

Paleo? So yesterday. Like bike shorts for high fashion. (Ugh. Why did the Kardashians do it?)

Today. Keto, of course, has ascended the diet throne. Crowned the King. Everyone is keto-ing.

#keto #ketodiet #ketorecipe #ketomealplan

Cafe menus. Work lunches. Oily breakfasts (Constipated bottoms).

Keto is totally 2019. Everyone who’s anyone is doing keto, right?

Well not really, but it might feel like that given how much lovin’ and airtime the ole’ keto diet is getting.

And look, I’m not here to convince anyone that loves the keto diet that they should stop doing it. Knock your socks off. Sink your weekly pay into avo and salmon.

I’m not biased against the keto diet. I’m just totally against dieting for weight-loss full stop.

Diets Don’t Work – Keto, Paleo, Sugar-Free…

Why? Because over 95% of diets fail. Because one-third to one-half of dieters regain more weight than they lost. Making them bigger after the diet than before. With a slower metabolism as a bonus. And a totally dysfunctional relationship with food and their body. Because weight-loss diets are soul-destroying, guilt-inducing and a total waste of life.

And keto is just another iteration of the next-best weight-loss diet.

Last year it was paleo that was going to save everyone.

And coconut oil…

Before that it was the sugar-free diet.

Before that we had the Atkins diet.

Before that we had good ole’ WW, the artist formerly known as Weight Watchers (ssh, don’t mention that they used to watch “weight”, it’s a lifestyle now, wink-wink).

But if all of those “were” the saviour, that “perfect diet” that would result in permanent weight loss, then why the heck is everyone now trying keto in 2019?

And seriously, do you think in 2020 people will still be doing keto? I mean sure it’ll languish around for a while. Like how the crossfit crowd are still sticking with Paleo. Hard-core. Cavemen. Beef jerky. Awesome.

I mean, I hate to point out the elephant in the room (cliche, I know). But there is literally a giant elephant standing in the room with “diets don’t work!” spray painted on it’s side. And everyone is ignoring it, while they plan their next plate of avocado and salmon with wilted greens.

Stay Strong – Ignore Food Fads – Eat Intuitively

Maybe you’re wondering – should I try a keto diet? Maybe this one will work? Everyone at work is raving about it.

Trust me girlfriend. The popular end will come for the keto diet. Just as surely as no-one is bothering about sugar-free diets anymore.

Because whenever we restrict our access to certain foods we end up craving those very foods more.

It’s just human nature.

Weight-loss diets with restrictive lists of foods we can and can’t eat, do, by their very nature, set us up for failure.

Add to that our body’s survival mechanisms – it truly doesn’t want you to starve to death. Bless it. And so it’ll do almost anything to save you from what it feels is impending starvation from this self-induced famine.

The most joyous (and sensible) idea is to look inside yourself for answers – that is, to eat intuitively:

  • To listen and respond to your hunger and fullness
  • To remove all the rules around food
  • To  listen to how your body feels when you eat different foods
  • To make your own choices about how to blend gentle nutrition with a good dash of food enjoyment

It’s a winning combination that no before and after photo can truly do justice to.

And for myself and my clients, eating intuitively is like lifting a veil on life and discovering a whole new amazing world to enjoy – the world of food and fun. Good health and happiness. Without guilt, without self-destruction, without a set of bathroom scales to ruin your day.

Jennifer xo.


Hey, I’m Jennifer. I help women transform their relationship with food, their body and weight, so they can ditch the guilt and shame, and focus on more important stuff - like living a happy and healthy life!

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  1. Sad to say, I disagree with your mantra “Diets don’t work”:

    (I think the subluminal message is actually: accept you have been damaged .. you are helpless ……)

    My wife and I started keto last year; I am sorry you say it is avocados and salmon:

    Before I am dismissed by vegetarians, one can eat keto by plant-based things;

    We though; living in NZ; choose to eat various meats. We go to the supermarket very little; we buy more vegetables; and buy from a good butcher; and my wife makes keto crackers; (cheaply); and they go well with cheese: we buy (cheap and excellent NZ cheese: from grass-fed cows.)

    It is the success that shines through; I lost 15kg in 6 months; (BMI 30 to BMI 24)

    My BP fell from 145/85 to 115/70;

    What may distress many; is that when friends see this, they adopt this style; and so friends are losing weight: a husband and wife lost 12kg and 10kg in 4 months;

    So I feel sad Jennifer that you see things differently; it would be marvellous for you to see folks who have had this success; I am a year down the line from starting keto: my weight is steady since my BMI became 24; and I will continue this; my wife has lost 8kg (from a smaller starting weight!)

    I feel sad that in NZ we seem to project a helpless message: that we are condemned to be fat; I only wish we could meet you and talk to you; and try to show the success that folks can achieve on keto; I do hope you will allow this message to become public; we need to be able to talk about these issues in NZ: land of the free!!

    1. Hi Fred,
      You’re perfectly entitled to disagree with me – I know there are many people that swear by the keto diet and I’m not trying to convince you (or any of them) that they should stop. But I am speaking out to the thousands and thousands of people who have tried keto and other diets, lost some weight, regained the weight and who feel like a failure as a result and now have a real shame and guilt-filled relationship with food and healthy eating. I want THOSE people to know that there is nothing wrong with them and, more importantly, that they don’t need to down-size themselves to be happy and healthy.
      I wish you every bit of success on your journey, you’re 1 or so years into it I gather from your comment? I hope that this is the solution you’re looking for.
      But what I know, from the stats, is that 95% of weight loss diets fail, that one-third to one-half of dieters regain more weight than they lost; that most diets are only effective for around 3 to 6 months; that less than 20% of dieters are actually able to achieve and maintain a 10% weight loss for over a year – before regaining all of that weight within 3 to 5 years.
      So no I ‘m not impressed by Xkg lost in X months. I want to hear a success story from someone who sustained Xkg for 5+ years.

  2. so if a further comment is ok Jennifer. It is great that you put your ideas up: others can talk to you and discuss them. Eating low-carb; or keto; is not a “diet”, more just a way of eating; weight loss is a side-effect of keto; inflammation improves; (as shown by reduced CRP levels in the blood.)

    Triglyceride (TG) levels fall; HDL levels rise: (they have for us); so the TG/HDL ratio improves; (meaning less insulin resistance) and high TGs are very associated with heart disease; (as is a low HDL). So a raised HDL is good. GORD (heartburn) improves or disappears; (it has for me);

    You are very welcome to say the feelings that one experiences; that improve; are just a placebo effect. We just try to tell folks what has happened.

    For us, we are very pleased to have given up any carbs; as best we can. It is a choice thing; I am sorry if it makes people feel angry by saying we have given up carbs; it has been easy, and I do not hanker after sugary food. All best wishes to you and thanks for your continued blogs.

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