Posted on August 13, 2020 by Caitlyn Miller
The keto diet is the new “it” diet. This diet comes with promises of weight loss and diabetes reversal. This is just another fad diet that comes with empty promises. If you are thinking about starting the keto diet, well keep reading in order to help save your time, money, and prevent from harming your health.
Table of Contents
- What is the Keto Diet
- It Is Not Sustainable
- Risks Associated With The Diet
- Is It Worth It?
What is the Keto Diet
The “keto” diet, or ketogenic diet is summarized as a high-fat, moderate protein, and low-carbohydrate diet. It is basically a low-carb diet that involves reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. The goal of this is to put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis aka keto diet. When following the keto diet, people usually do not eat whole grains, legumes, or fruit due to the carbohydrate content of these foods. This causes the body to take energy from the fats being consumed, which creates ketone bodies as a byproduct of metabolizing fats.
It Is Not Sustainable
Keto dieters regularly experience what is called the “Keto flu”. This consist of malaise, nausea, and fatigue. Any diet that consist of restricting a macronutrient is not sustainable. Your body needs a balance of fats, carbs, and protein, not a restriction of one or the other. Once someone stops this diet, their body will start putting weight on VERY quickly. This is due to the body not being used processing carbohydrates anymore. A better alternative is to eating a whole-food and well balanced diet.
This diet comes with vitamin and mineral deficiencies, due to it restricting a whole food group, such as whole grains and majority of fruits. The foods that the ket diet excludes are fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. All foods that are packed with essential vitamin and minerals.
Risks Associated With The Diet
Many individuals on the keto diet showed an increase in kidney stones, restricted height growth, fatal cardiac arrhythmias, pancreatitis, and higher cholesterol levels. This diet also puts one at a higher risk of dying from heart disease. This means that the diet comes with an increased risk of death. This is due to the diet worsening the levels of both your good and bad cholesterol.
Is It Worth It?
So the bottom line is, is it worth it? Is losing a few pounds off this diet worth the risk? That is definitely a no. You will be much better off health wise, to exercise regularly, consume a balance of whole foods, and cut your daily caloric intake. This is also a more sustainable approach to lose weight. The only time this diet might be useful is for children with refractory epilepsy. This is due to the diet being used as a kind of medication to reduce seizures. So I would suggest saying no to the keto diet and pretty much any diet out there that restricts a certain food group. Embrace carbs. They are your friend and taste delicious!
Have you ever tried the keto diet?