Keto Diets, are they good for your body ?
A keto or ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that can help you burn fat more effectively. It has many benefits for weight loss, health and performance, as shown in over 50 studies.
What “keto” means
The “keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it allows the body to produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”. This is an alternative fuel source for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein.
The liver produces ketones from fat. These ketones then serve as a fuel source throughout the body, especially for the brain.
The brain is a hungry organ that consumes lots of energy every day, and it can’t run on fat directly. It can only run on glucose or ketones. On a ketogenic diet, your entire body switches its fuel supply to run mostly on fat, burning fat 24-7. When insulin levels become very low, fat burning can increase dramatically.
Who should NOT do a ketogenic diet?
People who have Diabetes (look at ketoacidosis in Few Risks Of Doing Ketogenic Diet)
Anyone who has High Blood Pressure
If you are Pregnant or Breast Feeding
Few Risks Of Doing Ketogenic Diet
- The Keto Flu: Some people report that when they start ketosis, they just feel sick. There can sometimes be vomit, gastrointestinal distress, a lot of fatigue, and lethargy, this so-called keto flu usually passes after a few days. About 25% of people who try a ketogenic diet experience these symptoms, with fatigue being the most common.
- Diarrhea: If you find yourself running to the bathroom more often while on a ketogenic diet, a quick internet search will show you that you’re not alone. This may be due to the gallbladder—the organ that produces bile to help break down fat in the diet.
- Reduced Athletic Performance: In a recent study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, Weiss and his colleagues found that participants performed worse on high-intensity cycling and running tasks after four days on a ketogenic diet, compared to those who’d spent four days on a high-carb diet. Weiss says that the body is in a more acidic state when it’s in ketosis, which may limit its ability to perform at peak levels.
- Ketoacidosis: If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you shouldn’t follow the keto diet unless you have your doctor’s permission and close supervision. Ketosis can actually be helpful for people who have hyperglycemia issues, but you have to be very mindful of your blood sugar and check your glucose levels several times a day. That’s because, for people with diabetes, ketosis can trigger a dangerous condition called ketoacidosis. This occurs when the body stores up too many ketones (acids) produced as a byproduct of burning fat and the blood becomes too acidic, which can damage the liver, kidneys, and brain. Left untreated, it can be fatal. (Take our advice the best thing to do in this situation is to look here: https://www.greekgodfitness.org/post/struggling-to-lose-weight-here-s-the-secrets-you-need)
- Weight Regain: The keto diet is so restrictive, health experts say it’s not an appropriate diet to follow long-term and the problem with that, is that most people will regain a lot of the weight they lost as soon as they go back on carbs. Most people do it because they want to lose weight as they have seen their friends lose weight but the problem is I can almost guarantee that they will gain it back faster as soon as they stop.
- Less Muscle Mass and Decreased Metabolism: Another consequence of keto-related weight changes can be a loss of muscle mass, especially if you’re eating much more fat than protein. You’ll lose weight, but it might actually be a lot of muscle because muscle burns more calories than fat which will affect your metabolism. Instead of regaining lean muscle, you’re likely to regain fat. Now you’re back to your starting weight, but you no longer have the muscle mass to burn the calories that you did before.
- Rips Holes In Your Liver : When done right, the ketogenic diet includes lots of vegetables and lean sources of animal protein. In other words, it’s not an excuse to eat butter and bacon, although some people may try to do just that which in turn will damage your body more and can literally increase risk of heart disease and diabetes. That’s why many health experts are concerned about people on the keto diet, especially those who try it without the guidance of a nutritionist. As the high consumption of protein mixed with what most people do (BAD FATS) can take a huge toll on your liver and start to rip holes into the liver which damages the regeneration of the liver thus not allowing it to rid toxins from the body.