Keto Diet: What Is It and Does It Work?

What is the Keto Diet

The origins of the keto diet, formally known as the ketogenic diet, date back to the 1920s and 1930s when it was prescribed by doctors as a treatment for epilepsy. At the time, the common alternative treatment for epilepsy was fasting. Since then the keto diet has come and gone and come back again as a treatment for epilepsy especially in kids. Through the decades another benefit of the keto diet became apparent; it helped aid in quick weight loss.

The keto diet restricts carbs and is a high-fat, high-protein diet plan similar to the Atkins diet. The goal of the keto diet is to put your body into a state of ketosis, a metabolic process that your body naturally goes through. Once your body burns through glucose, which comes from eating carbohydrate-rich foods such as fruits, dairy products, and starches, it begins to burn fat, which results in ketones, an acid. A keto diet deliberately puts your body into a state of ketosis to burn fat instead of carbs for energy.

The keto diet is around 75 percent fat, 20 percent protein, and 5 percent carbs. For obese patients, it can help jump start weight loss, approximately 12 pounds in four weeks. The high-fat, high-protein regimen makes you to feel fuller while consuming fewer calories. It is sometimes recommended for short-term weight loss and may also be a regimen for various health issues, including some cancers and epilepsy.

Depending on your body and what you eat, your body may go into ketosis more quickly than others. Commonly recommended keto diet foods include foods high in fat like butter, grass-fed beef, and certain fatty fish. You may also eat vegetables that aren’t starchy. Avocado oil, olive oil, animal fats, organ meats, cage-free eggs and yolks, leafy greens, and herbs are all permitted, along with some other foods and snacks. On the keto diet, you must refrain from any sweets, sugars, and syrups. Coffee and tea are permitted in moderation but must be unsweetened. Although dairy is permitted on the keto diet, it must be low in lactose and dairy sugar, making the keto diet suitable for those with lactose intolerance.

Although the keto diet is an effective weight loss regimen, it does have risks and drawbacks. Diabetics are especially at risk for going into a coma if the body produces too many ketones, resulting in highly acidic blood levels, a condition known as ketoacidosis. Other potential health problems include cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome, so it might be smart to consult with your physician or a dietitian before you undertake the keto diet.

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