The keto diet is the latest trend in weight loss diets, and many people are jumping on the bandwagon in an effort to lose weight and stay healthy. But a keto diet may not necessarily be the right answer to your specific nutritional needs. Read on to know if this diet will work for you!
How does the keto diet work?
The ketogenic diet basically consists of high amounts of fat, low amounts of carbohydrate and moderate protein. Since your body does not have carbohydrates to convert into energy, it uses fat instead. This burns excess body fat stores. Consuming more fats allows you to feel full faster, reducing your overall food intake.
What are the risks of a keto diet?
1. Mental activity can become sluggish: The brain needs glucose to function, which is derived from digested carbohydrates. A low-carb diet can therefore affect your brain function. You may find it difficult to concentrate or perform cognitive tasks.
2. Athletic performance can decline: There is a scarcity of calories for the muscles to convert into energy, so physical capability during sports and athletic events can be affected. Researchers have found that the keto diet is linked to lower power output and physical performance.
3. Weight loss is short-term: Dieticians often warn that weight loss from a keto diet is mostly ‘water weight,’ which is regained quickly. For long-term, effective weight loss, your body needs to burn more calories than you consume.
4. Accumulation of ‘bad’ fats: Critics of the keto diet point out that too much emphasis is placed on consuming excessive fat which can increase the amount of bad fats in the body and raise blood cholesterol levels.
Is it for me?
Your lifestyle and health status should determine the best diet for you. If you lead a largely sedentary lifestyle, are obese, or have diabetes, a keto diet may help you shed those extra pounds and boost your sensitivity to insulin. However, if you have only a few pounds to lose and live a reasonably active life, you probably shouldn’t be trying this diet. The safest option would be to consult with your physician before embarking on this diet.
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