Keto diet – Isn’t it one of the most buzz word among diet conscious people today !!!
So, what is Keto diet ?
Keto diet basically means – consuming high amounts of fat, a moderate amount of protein, and a very limited amount of carbs. When you follow this kind of diet for a few days, your body enters ketosis, which means it has started to use fat for energy.
Is it Healthy to Push Your Body into Ketosis?
Consumption of Keto diet helps you to lose weight, but then again, it is a diet and like all diets, it is a short-term solution, something you do, then you stop. It is not really a sustainable diet in real life situations. More importantly, your goal is not just to lose weight—anyone can lose weight. The more necessary goal is to keep the lost weight off. The keto diet can be an effective way to reduce excess body fat but there are several cons that should be noted. In fact, the keto diet has serious risks. For one thing, it’s high in saturated fat, which has been
linked to heart disease. Additionally, a nutrient deficiency and constipation could occur since the keto diet is very low in fibrous foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Keto diet puts stress on the liver. So, for people with existing liver conditions, it could possibly worsen their Liver problems and excessive amount of Protein in Keto diet can also leads to kidney problems. If you are considering going on the keto diet, work with a knowledgeable practitioner or seek out a registered dietitian with experience in prescribing it and so as to avoid any adverse effects.
Keto Flu: Challenges to Choosing a Keto Diet
Most people already know about the keto flu, which can happen when you start the diet. It’s a result of the body adapting to the low-carb state. Lowering carb intake forces the body to burn ketones for energy instead of glucose. Once the body is in ketosis (burning fat instead of glucose) the keto diet is working. But you may not feel so great at first, hence the term keto flu.Symptoms of the keto flu can include everything from headache, weakness, and irritability, to constipation, nausea, and vomiting.With the start of the keto diet, the body switches from using sugar as a source of energy to using the body’s stored fat, In the process of breaking down fat, the body produces ketones, which are then removed by the body through frequent and increased urination. This may lead to dehydration and flulike symptoms, such as fatigue, dizziness, irritability, nausea, and muscle soreness.
With this frequent urination, there is also the inevitable loss of electrolytes, which can exacerbate these symptoms. In addition, as carbohydrates are a source of energy and stimulation, removal of this source of energy will result in increased sugar cravings, brain fog, [and] difficulty concentrating, much like most other withdrawal symptoms. For most people, the keto flu only lasts about a week.
There is a fear among health experts that such high intakes of unhealthful fats would have a long-term negative effect. The keto diet contains extremely low amount of certain fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes which are generally thought of as healthy. Without these foods, people on the diet can miss out on fiber, certain vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that only come in these foods which may have significant impact on human health over a long term, such as bone loss and increased risk of chronic diseases.
So, the take away is – we should not be on Keto diet for too long and proper guidance should be taken from health experts for Keto Diet planning.
Disclaimer: This article contains general information. It is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified medical practitioner. For any exclusive diet plan for any specific individual, consulting a qualified Nutritionist is recommended.