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THE TRUTH ABOUT LOW CARBS AND THE KETO DIET!


I've been asked my opinion on the KETO DIET so many times and the truth is - MY OPINION ISNT' REALLY WHAT WE SHOULD BE FOCUSSED ON.


I'm a strong advocator for "DO WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU" AND "NOT ONE DIET IS RIGHT FOR EVERY ONE".....but I will share my education and research studies on what i KNOW TO BE FACTUAL about the LOW CARB/KETO WAY!!


First, let's define KETO - The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used mainly to treat hard-to-control epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. sourced from WEBMD who compares it to the ATKINS DIET.


Harvard health says this, "It's advertised as a weight-loss wonder, but this eating plan is actually a medical diet that comes with serious risks."


---------In the world of weight-loss diets, low-carbohydrate, high-protein eating plans often grab attention. The Paleo, South Beach, and Atkins diets all fit into that category. They are sometimes referred to as ketogenic or "keto" diets.

But a true ketogenic diet is different. Unlike other low-carb diets, which focus on protein, a keto plan centers on fat, which supplies as much as 90% of daily calories. And it's not the type of diet to try as an experiment.

"The keto diet is primarily used to help reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures in children. While it also has been tried for weight loss, only short-term results have been studied, and the results have been mixed. We don't know if it works in the long term, nor whether it's safe," warns registered dietitian Kathy McManus, director of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.---------


Here are the basics of keto: The diet aims to force your body into using a different type of fuel. Instead of relying on sugar (glucose) that comes from carbohydrates (such as grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits), the keto diet relies on ketone bodies, a type of fuel that the liver produces from stored fat.


Burning fat seems like an ideal way to lose pounds. PEOPLE OFTEN WANT QUICK WEIGHT-LOSS AND TRY TO FIND SHORT-CUTS TO GET IT.....But getting the liver to make ketone bodies is tricky:

  • It requires that you deprive yourself of carbohydrates, fewer than 20 to 50 grams of carbs per day (keep in mind that a medium-sized banana has about 27 grams of carbs).

  • It typically takes a few days to reach a state of ketosis.

  • Eating too much protein can interfere with ketosis.


 

Keto diet risks

A ketogenic diet has numerous risks ACCORDING TO HARVARD HEALTH.....


Top of the list: it's high in saturated fat. McManus recommends that you keep saturated fats to no more than 7% of your daily calories because of the link to heart disease. And indeed, the keto diet is associated with an increase in "bad" LDL cholesterol, which is also linked to heart disease.


Other potential keto risks include these:


Nutrient deficiency. "If you're not eating a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and grains, you may be at risk for deficiencies in micronutrients, including selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins B and C," McManus says.


Liver problems. With so much fat to metabolize, the diet could make any existing liver conditions worse.


Kidney problems. The kidneys help metabolize protein, and McManus says the keto diet may overload them. (The current recommended intake for protein averages 46 grams per day for women, and 56 grams for men).


Constipation. The keto diet is low in fibrous foods like grains and legumes.


Fuzzy thinking and mood swings. "The brain needs sugar from healthy carbohydrates to function. Low-carb diets may cause confusion and irritability," McManus says.


Those risks add up — so make sure that you talk to a doctor and a registered dietitian before ever attempting a ketogenic diet.

One of my favorite HEALTH EXPERTS is Jillian MIchaels, so let's hear what she has to say about KETO - you make your own NOW EDUCATED DECISION AND TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR!!!











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