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We as a society have trouble with balance and moderation; we went from eschewing fat and loading up on carbs in the 80s and 90s, to the other extreme of slashing our carb intake and packing in the fat. There are essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein) and fatty acids (the building blocks of fats), meaning we require them for human life and cannot make them ourselves, so have to consume them in our diet. There are no essential carbohydrates in the same way as essential amino acids and fatty acids, and some people do very well with high fat and very little carbohydrate in their diet. In my experience, however, the best-looking and strongest physiques are, more often than not, built by those who have a more balanced approach. A modest amount of carbs will still allow us to train hard, and many carb foods, like fruits and vegetables, are nutrient-dense (if they're not processed into oblivion with a bunch of added sugar). If you enjoy a high fat, very low carb diet and feel good with it, have at it! But if that's not your preference, don't get sucked into doing keto simply because you think you need to. 🙂

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