We’ve all either know someone who’s tried it or heard it being discussed on the
news, but what are the actual facts that surround the Keto diet. The Keto, short for
ketogenic, diet is a diet rich in fats and proteins and restricts carbohydrates. Our body tends to use sugar in the bloodstream as our main source of energy for our cells. When this source is limited, say to a lack of carbohydrates consumed, our body looks for another source of energy. Our body starts to break up our stores of fat and converts them into ketone bodies for energy utilization and our bodies start living in a state of ketosis.
‘Well, does it work?’, you may be wondering? The research shows that it may
have some brain-protecting elements as it’s been shown to decrease seizures in those with epilepsy. For those not suffering from epilepsy, however, the Keto diet hasn’t shown to have significant long-term results for sustainable weight loss and health. This is partly due to its restrictive nature which makes it unlikely to be sustainable in the long-term. Also, because it does focus heavily on fats and proteins, it does increase the chance that more unhealthy foods such as red meat and saturated fats will be consumed.
While you may see changes in the short-term, the best way to achieve long-term
health gains is by consuming a diet rich in whole grains, lean meats, and plant based
foods. If you do choose to try the Keto diet, work with your doctor and registered
dietician to make it as safe and successful for you as possible.