The ketogenic (keto) diet is one of the most popular diets nowadays. Famous personalities such as NBA player LeBron James and reality show superstars Kim and Kourtney Kardashian swear by it. You can also find hundreds of keto groups and transformation stories on Facebook and Instagram.
What is the Keto diet?
The keto diet is a high fat and low carb diet that produces and uses ketones for energy instead of carbohydrates.
The keto diet was first developed almost a century ago by Dr. Russel Wilder of the Mayo Clinic as a dietary program for patients suffering from epilepsy seizures. The keto diet was also found to be effective in treating kidney failure and pediatric cancers. Recent studies are exploring the diet’s effectivity in managing Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), neurogenerative diseases and skin conditions. Simply put, the keto diet was originally developed to treat medical conditions, and not for losing weight. In the 1980s and 1990s, fitness buffs and bodybuilders began to take notice of it. Today, it is a full-blown fad diet.
Before you decide to go on the keto diet, take a look at its benefits and health risks below.
Helps in losing weight
Less intake of foods heavy in sugar and carbohydrates decreases your water weight, therefore making you look and feel slimmer. Due to your increased fat intake, you feel more satisfied and less inclined to binge. Going on the keto diet also helps you burn more calories than other diets would. Top nutritionist Brad Pilon agrees that the keto diet is effective for losing weight, but cautions that it must be done correctly and with doctor’s supervision to achieve optimal results.
Regulates your blood sugar levels
Going on the keto diet means drastically cutting your sugar and carb intake. Because of the decreased sugar intake, your blood sugar levels also go down. For anyone who has a family history of diabetes, going on the keto diet prevents you from developing that risk.
Lowers your need for insulin
The insulin hormone helps in storing body fat. The absence of sugar eliminates the need for insulin. Having less insulin means having less fat storage and more fat loss. Decreased levels of insulin may also prevent you from developing cancer.
Helps in losing weight, but not much.
Going on the keto diet helps you lose weight, but not significantly. The main reason is that the diet is very difficult to follow. People tend to eat more unhealthy fats than healthy ones, based on the assumption that they can eat any type of fat.
Has terrible withdrawal symptoms that lead to longer-term health risks.
Exiting the keto diet may increase your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, vitamin deficiency, urinary tract stones, and weaker bones.
There are a lot of other ways of losing weight that won’t lead you to develop long-term health risks such as the multiphase Thin From Within program, which focuses on detoxification and metabolic rebalancing. Check out the program here.