The Keto diet is one of the hottest diets out right now and there is no one who can say they haven’t heard of the Keto diet or at least tried it.
From celebrities to your own grandmother the Keto diet is like the new Kim K in the nutrition world and I’m going to break it all down for you, from the benefits to the infamous Keto Flu also how much of this diet is really a lifestyle.
The Keto diet is broken down into numerous variations and today we will be looking into the standard Keto Diet(SKD). The SKD diet is the most popular variation of the Keto diet, even my own brother was on the Keto diet, well a bacon added Keto diet (he’s not giving up that bacon) but when asked about the diet he gave me the same answer every Keto dieter has “it’s so great for your health, you’re going to feel so much better on this diet.” This is a standard Keto dieter answer and which I knew was a crock, so I wanted to find out more but first what are the benefits?
The SKD is a 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carb diet, and with the extreme drop of carbohydrates entering the body it puts your body into a ketosis state. Ketosis is a normal process that happens when the body does not have enough glucose for energy and begins to burn stored fat instead, which is how you burn more fat on a Keto diet rather than a low fat or low carb diet.
Putting your body in a ketosis state does have very high benefits. The Ketosis state will help with losing weight a lot faster, a reduced appetite and the biggest plus of them all you don’t have to count calories. This diet has also been used to help with many health issues as in heart health and diabetes but one of the most astonishing facts was how it reduced the risk of cancer.
Studies have found that being in a ketosis state can shrink a tumor and lower the chances of cancer spreading. The reason why the Keto diet is so popular is because of its quick and highly effective way in being great for overall health. The real question most dieters forget to ask is how long? All diets come with a risk and you can never forget about the Keto Flu. This may be the first diet I know of that comes with its own warning label.
If you haven’t been hit by the Keto flu then clearly you aren’t Ketoing right ( new word alert ha). A Keto diet is hard work to begin with like any other diet but the Keto diet takes it a step further, there are no carbs, no sugar you’re not even allowed a piece of fruit and after all of that don’t forget the flu.
The Keto flu is usually within the first couple of weeks after entering ketosis (so if you’re throwing up you made it sis congratulations), signs of the flu are vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, stomach pain and brain fog.
The severity of these symptoms range from person to person some are mild and some cases are very extreme, but you won’t know until you get there. The Flu is the most common and only symptom being advertised when talking about this wparticular diet but when asked about longevity, studies come up short.
There are actually no studies of long term effects from the Keto diet, most doctors only recommend that you stay on this type of diet no longer than three months. Dietitians have even come out to say that staying on a Keto diet can cause diabetic Ketoacidosis(DKA) which is a buildup of acid ketones that can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, feeling faint and excessive thirst. The likelihood of this diet ever becoming more then a trend is very slim and the likelihood of anyone actually living a normal life while being on the Keto diet from my guess is zero.
The Keto diet is not all bad but it is risky as any diet is. I personally do not like diets nor do I believe that any of them are effective for long term weight lost. Use all diets as a learning tool, the Keto diet may cut away your carbs and sugars but they show you a beautiful variety of healthy fatty foods and proteins. From oils to meat the Keto diet will show you how to utilize those foods and use them in the healthiest way possible. Implementing the Keto Tools into your balanced diet will only make things