Month: June 2017

Is The New Ketogenic Diet Safe?

We all want to lose some pounds, and for that, we keep on looking for the latest dieting schedules. The whole world is going after the low carb diet that started off with the Atkins Diet craze. Then the South Beach diet became the favorite diet schedule in celebrities. Although the Ketogenic diet may seem like a new kid in town but it was introduced a century ago. This diet was first developed to treat children with epilepsy in the 1920s.

The ketogenic diet is gaining its important back these days. Besides being a fat burning diet, it is also a good and effective diet for controlling diabetes and managing it.  Keto diet is also known to reduce the risk of heart diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer.

The keto diet breakup

The ketogenic diet is a very low to zero carb diet. This means that those who take this diet have to keep a close look at their macronutrients so that they do not miss the number of calories that they must consume in a day. About 60-75% of the calories come from fats, 15-30% come from proteins and 5 to 10 % from carbohydrates. Those who are following the keto diet try to eat more proteins than carbohydrates. They tend to take more fish, cream, butter, cheese and some veggies that are low in carbohydrates, for example, cabbage and salad leaves.

The focus in keto diet is not on the number of calories you take but how satiated you feel after eating clean. Foods that are high in fats tend to satisfy you quickly and effectively.

Keto opts for body’s ‘’ fasting mechanism.”

Not literally, but when you stop taking carbohydrates, you make your body go to the fasting mode. The process is known as ketosis. This happens when the body starts to make the ketone molecules and stay build up in the bloodstream. When the blood sugar level falls, the body uses the fat and breaks it down to form energy. Thus you hear the term ‘’ fat burn’’. Most of the experts are of the view that ketosis is not dangerous though it is a mild form of keta cidosis which usually happens in type 2 diabetes.

Don’t be fooled that it’s 100% healthy

Keto diet has its benefits and drawbacks. It is very hard to completely avoid carbohydrates fro your diet. Plus, some people say that the diet becomes very boring when you eliminate some foods from it just because they contain carbs.

Experts are of different yet very rigid opinion about eliminating carbs from the diet. Some clinical research data has shown that keto diet is not very effective and useful in the long run.  They argue that weight loss by eliminating carbs is actually manifested as water retention the body. Keto diet also leads to muscle exhaustion and loss of control. According to Dr. Francine Blitin, keto diet does more harm to the body than good.

So, the fact of the matter is that keto diet is not very effective for long term use. It only gives a result for a short period of time.