by Vish2019

I am hearing a lot about the Ketogenic diet now. Is this just another fad or is it something worth considering?



Thats very helpful, thank you!

Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

The keto diet was originally developed for people with epilepsy. It's a diet that is super high in fat (80%), super low carbohydrate (<5%) and moderate in protein (15-20%). Eating this way puts your body in a metabolic state called ketosis which means your body uses fat for energy instead of glucose. It only works if you maintain ketosis by: 1. Ensuring that protein doesn’t exceed fat 2. Tracking your carbs 3. Test ketone levels. Here's what it promises: * Lower blood pressure, blood sugar and insulin levels * More fat loss * Higher good cholesterol * Less eating * More energy. Here are the facts: * Only real beneficial results proven in patients with epilepsy * Harmful side effects include: loss of muscle mass, constipation, brain fog, fatigue, headaches, nausea and poor endurance * Bad smelling breath, sweat and pee * Eliminating food groups means eliminating important nutrients * Very restrictive and restrictive diets are hard to sustain. Weight loss is usually water weight as glycogen (stored energy) also stores water. We know that restrictive diets don't work and can even be harmful. You would benefit more from learning how to listen to your body by becoming a more intuitive eater.

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