The ketogenic diet has been described as the biggest diet sensation – ever – in the nutrition industry. So it’s worth looking into because of this alone.
A ketogenic diet is very saturated in fat (about 75%), moderate in protein (about 20%), and incredibly low in carbohydrates (about 5%). It’s intended to One Shot Keto Reviews: Identify Pills Fake vs Original Formula put the body right into a state of ketosis. In ketosis, your body breaks down fat to generate ketones for energy, instead of burning glucose.
Benefits of Keto?
Ketosis benefits we typically hear about are weight reduction, increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and improvement in type 2 diabetes, together with decreased epileptic seizure activity and inhibition of cancerous tumor growth.
Small studies have shown promise for women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), an insulin-related condition. This can be because of its possible (not conclusive) capability to reset insulin sensitivity.
Everything Old Is New Again?
The current Keto diet isn’t the 1st time we’ve targeted carbs as a dietary villain. Medical trials with low-carb eating and/or fasting get back to the 1850s and even earlier.
In 1967, Stillman introduced The Doctor’s Quick Weight Loss Diet, featuring essentially nothing but low-fat protein and water.
Next came the Atkins diet in 1972, high in fat and protein, low in carbs. It helped with weight loss and in addition with diabetes, hypertension along with other metabolic conditions. It’s still popular today.
In 1996, Eades and Eades introduced Protein Power, an extremely low-carb diet that seemed to help patients with obesity, hypertension, raised chlesterol, and/or diabetes.
So reducing carbs, as the Keto diet does, has a history of helping people shed weight and/or improve metabolic factors. Anecdotal evidence supports that.
Does Keto Have Any Other Benefits?
Probable benefits may be seen with neurodegenerative conditions, such as for example multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, likely because these brain disorders are linked to metabolic disorders. Actually, Alzheimer’s is currently called Type 3 diabetes.
Care for these conditions is best done under medical supervision.
Ketones also may actually improve traumatic brain injury, based on research done on rats.
In the Interest of Full Disclosure…
Initial weight reduction with the Keto diet is rapid. Your body has used its stored glycogen (carb stored in muscle) and dumped the water that’s stored with it. After that, weight reduction may continue, but at a slower rate.
Metabolism shows a short increase that appears to disappear within 4 weeks.
Keto doesn’t appear to offer long-term advantages in either fat loss or lean mass gains.
In some people, Keto seems to increase LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
What About Negative Effects?
The usually mentioned “cons” of a ketogenic diet are nutrient deficiencies due to missing food groups and an unpleasant transitional state called “Keto flu,” which might last for days. It comprises hunger, dehydration, headaches, nausea, fatigue, irritability, constipation, brain fog, sluggishness, poor focus, and insufficient motivation. Because these symptoms are so similar to those of people quitting caffeine, Keto has been posited as a “detox” plan.
Other negatives include problems with gut health on this type of low-fiber diet and difficulties with adherence.
Regarding workouts, the Keto diet probably offers no advantage for most people. Actually, the glycogen depletion it induces can lead to hitting the wall (bonking). Athletic performance involving speed and power may be lower without glucose and carbohydrates as fuel.
The International Olympic Committee has urged athletes to avoid low-carb diets. They may lead to poor training adaptations and decreases in both power output and endurance. A colleague of mine induced cardiac arrhythmias in rats exercising on a low-carb diet.