What is the Ketogenic Diet?
You’ve probably heard of the keto diet. It’s the most popular diet nowadays, with celebrities and friends alike swearing by it. It’s also one of the most searched items on Google in 2017.
What is the ketogenic diet?
The ketogenic diet was developed by the Mayo Clinic in 1921 by Dr. Russel Wilder as a dietary program for patients suffering from epilepsy seizures, as well as a treatment for kidney failure and pediatric cancers. Recent studies are exploring the diet as a therapeutic management tool for Type 2 Diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), neurogenerative diseases. The ketogenic diet may also help in treating cardiovascular and skin diseases, although the work on these areas is inconclusive.
Recently, the diet was also found to aid in weight loss, if done correctly.
According to Brad Pilon, a top nutritionist, “the ketogenic diet virtually eliminates all carbohydrates, ..and forces your body to use ketones for fuel, instead of your body’s normal fuel, which is glucose.” The diet recommends eating food that’s high in protein and fat and cutting down carb intake to 50 grams per day. Then the body starts to break protein and fat down into energy, placing it in a state of ketosis.
Can the keto diet help me lose weight?
Yes. The ketogenic diet can whittle your weight down faster than other diets in the first three to six months. Here’s how.
Less water weight
Carbohydrates help hold water in your body. So if you drastically lessen your carb intake or totally remove it from your diet, you also retain less water in your body.
Insulin is a hormone in your body that helps in storing fat and converting sugar into energy. 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.
More calorie burn
The fat-to-energy conversion process uses up more calories than other known diets.
What are the disadvantages of going on the keto diet?
There are a lot of side effects of going on and exiting the ketogenic diet. That’s why it’s important for you to have a doctor closely monitor you if you decide to go on this diet.
First, your body catches the flu in the first four weeks of and after exiting the diet. Another side effect is suffering from nutrient deficiency. Ketogenic diets are low in calcium, fiber, magnesium, potassium, thiamine, and vitamins. That’s why you need to take supplements if you decide to go on the ketogetenic diet.
Though it’s effective, it’s highly restrictive, unrealistic, unsustainable and risky. People who eat carbs after the diet are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and experiencing rebound weight gain.
Because of this, it’s important that you research on all dietary options available before settling with the keto diet. You can start by visiting the Truth About Keto website, which tells you about viable alternatives to the keto diet.
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