(3TV/CBS 5) − A new year is the perfect time to fire up those weight loss goals and lately, the Keto diet seems to be the most popular way to drop weight in a hurry.

But one local health coach says Keto is a bad idea and you'll gain the weight back just as quickly as you lost it.

Matt Hoodie owns Transform Scottsdale, a gym near Grayhawk Drive and Scottsdale Road.

He knows the struggles of losing weight and is using that knowledge to help others.

He tipped the scales at more than three hundred pounds when he was just 19 years old and tried every diet in the book to lose it.

"Some of it worked, some of it didn't and I like starved myself into losing the weight and then I really struggled because I started to gain a lot of it back," he said.

He explained that's what happens with most restrictive diets including Keto, the popular low-carb, high-fat diet.

"Nine times out of ten when you do it that way you get to your goal and think, 'Oh this is awesome I'm done.' So you go back to eating regular and you just gain the weight back," he said.

He says Keto is essentially dehydrating your body.

"Your muscles and your liver store carbs and with those carbs they store water so when you take away the carbs you can lose as much as 15 to 20 pounds in water weight," Hoodie said. "If you try to stay Keto or low carb, you stay in this dehydrated state which you can't do forever, but it kind of reinforces Keto in their heads that it's working because the minute they eat carbs their weight goes back up."

Instead, he suggests a more moderate, sustainable eating plan.

"Ask yourself if you can see yourself on this diet when you're 80 years old. If the answer is no, you probably need to think about something else to do," he said.

Hoodie said Keto basically slows our metabolism so when we do introduce carbs back into the picture, our body isn't burning them like it should.

A diet full of veggies, potatoes, oatmeal and good carbs is sustainable and effective.

Heidi Goitia is the traffic reporter and fill-in anchor for CBS 5 This Morning weekdays from 4:30-7am.

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"But one local health coach says Keto is a bad idea and you'll gain the weight back just as quickly as you lost it."

I think you should check with more than one person, especially one who is selling an alternative, before advising people not to follow any health improvement approach. I believe some of the information in this story is, at least, misleading and, possibly, false. It is implicit, but a bit murky, in your source's statements, but you'll regain weight after any successful diet if you return to eating the way you did when you got fat to begin with. Nothing about a ketogenic diet is unique in this sense. His assertion that keto diets keep people constantly dehydrated and delusional about fat loss is just plain inaccurate. Well-maintained keto diets encourage the body to use fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates and that is where the fat loss comes from, and anyone I've ever looked at encourages people to maintain healthy hydration levels. He's also ignoring the fact that the eat fewer calories for the rest of your life approach has dismal statistical rates of success. Keto diets have, on the other hand, helped many grossly overweight people to lose hundreds of pounds, in part, because ketones suppress appetite and elevate mood.

I would ask that you do some more research into the actual science of the diet approach and present a more balanced view of it. This story, as it stands, played like a public disservice.


Obviously paid for by one or more of the competing diet routines.

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