We all must have come across people who are ever-so concerned about Weight Loss and Healthy Eating. With the pandemic hitting us last year, people have become more conscious about their fitness and that has helped manage the “Obesity Epidemic” to some extent. Everybody now understands the importance of having a good dietary plan to maintain fitness. One such diet regimen that has proven to be the most effective against Weight Loss is the “Keto or Ketogenic Diet!”
A Ketogenic Diet is a low carb, high fat diet that offers way-too-many health benefits. In fact, various studies have shown that a Keto Diet may help lose weight drastically, and may even have benefits against Diabetes, Cancer and Alzheimer’s. A Keto Diet involves drastically lowering carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts one’s body in a state called “Ketosis”. When this state is achieved, one’s body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which supplies energy to the brain. A Ketogenic Diet also causes reduction in blood sugar and insulin levels, which may have added health benefits!
There are several types of Ketogenic Diets namely, Standard Ketogenic Diet (SKD), Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD), Targeted Ketogenic Diet (TKD), High Protein Ketogenic Diet, and so on. The second and third type is primarily used by bodybuilders and athletes!
Although the Diet is quite beneficial, it may also have some side effects too. A person may contract a Keto Flu, which may result in sleep issues, increased hunger, nausea, poor energy and mental function. Staying in a Keto Diet may have long-term negative effects, such as Low protein in blood, extra fat in the Liver, Kidney Stones and so on.
So, what is the bottom-line of following a Keto Diet?
A Keto Diet can be great for people who are overweight, have Diabetes and for those who want to improve their metabolic health. It may not be suitable for people who wish to gain muscles. Thus, one may consult a professional before adopting a full-fledged Keto Diet!