July 12th, 2019
The most popular diet trend at the moment is known as the Ketogenic Diet or Keto for short. By eating a low carb, high-fat diet your body enters a stage of ketosis and converts all fat into fuel. In the last decade, Keto has blown up as the number one diet because proponents say it is the best way to drop pounds without hunger pains, it also increases energy levels. Despite its popularity, there is a debate as to whether this diet is beneficial to health in the long term.
Keto dieters eat as low as 20 grams of carbohydrates per day and the amount of fat consumed can be upwards to five times the recommended daily fat intake. Many people on keto make the mistake of eating a large number of unhealthy fats, it is recommended to consume fat from healthy sources such as olive oils.
Critics of the keto diet argue that Keto could result in muscle loss and is not recommended to follow keto for an excessive amount of time. Our brains preferred energy source is carbs, and depriving are the brain of carbs could have negative effects in the long run.
“There is a possibility of kidney damage, nutritional deficiencies, and side effects including constipation, dehydration, fatigue, and nausea with this diet. Individuals and their health care professionals should weigh the advantages and disadvantages,” said Ginger Hultin, Registered Dietitian to the Huffington Post
People who want to make a change in their health should take a look at what they’re eating and their dietary patterns, and then make modifications that are sustainable, Feller said, noting that dietitians are there to help.