There are a few important considerations that should be made when implementing or thinking about starting the keto diet. While the keto diet may be great for some, it’s not for everyone.
Solid Nutrient Intake
It’s easy to fall short on micronutrient needs while participating in a keto diet because of the lack of fruit, vegetable, and grain sources. You will need to keep up with your vitamin and mineral intake tobe sure your body is getting all of the nutrients it needs to thrive.
Carbs are incredibly important for peak physical performance. If you are training to increase muscle mass or size or participating in high-intensity training a keto diet may not be best suited to you. Carbs promote recovery, produce insulin which aids in nutrient delivery and absorption, provide fuel for moderate to high-intensity exercise, reduce muscle breakdown, and improve overall energy output.
Furthermore, fat as an energy source may not be able to provide energy fast enough for the demands of those participating in high-demand, high-intensity activities. However, according to research, low to moderate-intensity exercise performance depends on more fat for energy, and performance is not significantly affected by a low-carb diet, and a low carb diet may increase fat burn during exercise.