The Keto diet has been all the rage across the U.S. The most googled diet of 2018 has many celebrity spokespeople, including Halle Berry and Kim Kardashian, and claims to offer an easy, fast, and healthy way to make that stubborn belly fat disappear, and allows you to eat your favorite potato chips while it happens. What is this popular trend? Is it really safe? And does it actually work? We will be taking a very close and unbiased look at the keto diet and trimming the fat, so to speak, as we get down to the nitty gritty surrounding this trending diet.
What is the Keto diet?
The origin of the Keto diet dates back to the 1920’s when doctors were using it to help their patients with epilepsy curb their symptoms. The Keto diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, and extremely low carb diet, that essentially forces the body to enter a metabolic process in which it burns stored fats for energy, instead of the carbs that it usually relies on. While this diet was effective in helping over 50% of patients lower their number of seizures, and another 10-15% who became seizure free entirely, in one study, some doctors are warning their patients that this diet is not effective, and sometimes not even safe, when it comes to weight loss. The Keto diet recommends dieter’s food intakes are 70-80% fat, 20-25% protein, and only 5-10% carbohydrates. The desired ratio is 3-4 grams of fat for every 1 gram of carbs. WOW!
Is it safe?
So what is the problem here? It’s a diet that allows you to eat tons of fatty foods, and somehow lose weight while doing it. Ketosis is not necessarily harmful to the body, so is there really any downside here? Well, yes. The fatty foods that are recommended with this diet are notoriously UN-healthy. One doctor described the diet as “Putting butter on your butter” Meaning that it may cause even worse health conditions down the road. Aside from just not feeling well a lot of the time, according to keto dieters, High cholesterol, an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes may be in your future if you choose to stick with this diet trend.
Does it work for weight loss?
The answer is yes, and not really. While this diet may accelerate weight loss, and you may shed a couple of pounds quickly, when you do eat carbs again you may not only regain the weight you lost, but end up with more excess weight than you started with. More fat and an increased risk of heart disease? No thank you.
In closing, the Keto diet may not be the “fast track to a slim waist” that it claimed to be, but that does not mean that there isn’t a diet out there that will work for you. Everyone’s body, and circumstances differ, which means that just because something worked for cousin Becky, does not mean that it will work for your neighbor. While the thought of losing weight while scarfing down a whole chocolate cake may be what dreams are made of, it looks like this is one dream that hasn’t turned into a reality just yet. When starting a new diet, it is recommended that you take the time to do your research and think about what this diet is suggesting that you eat. If “butter on your butter” is on that list, I would keep scrolling.