You have probably heard of the Keto diet recently. What exactly is it and why all of the hype? On the keto diet, you eat so few carbs that your body goes into a state of ketosis where it starts burning fat for fuel instead of glucose. This has led to people losing weight in short amounts of time. Let’s explore some of the pros and cons of the Keto diet.
Some of the major pros of the Keto diet is it can help weight loss, cancer and even the treatment of Alzheimer’s. Because your body is burning fat for energy instead of carbs, it is burning its own body fat or fat that you are consuming dietarily. It is also extremely effective for fast weight loss. It is not recommended to do this diet for more than 3-6 months, but if your goal is quick weight loss, this is a good diet for you.
Cancer cells feed off of sugar. So when you restrict your body of those sugars, cancer cells have no sugar to feed off of so they starve to death.
Your body is burning its own body fat for energy. Your body will continue to burn fat while you are sleeping at night, so it is burning body fat 24 hours a day.
Park of what happens in Alzheimer’s is the degeneration of the nerve system in the brain. This diet has about 70% healthy fats, which gives your brain the ability to burn these fats which is good. Omega 3 and other healthy fatty acids are the best kinds of fats to consume. These fats are found in foods like almonds, salmon, butter and coconut oil.
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
Because the keto diet is so low in carbohydrates, you will have to cut out any whole grains as well as fruits. Although fruit does contain sugar, it is still a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Sometimes people doing the keto diet become so focused on eating protein and fats that they neglect to eat the recommended amount of vegetables. Combine no fruits with little to no vegetables, and your body ends up missing out on a ton of important vitamins and minerals.
Increased Cholesterol Levels
Since the keto diet is so high in fat, people tend to consume lots of saturated fats from foods like cheese, butter and bacon. These are all notoriously high cholesterol laden foods. If you plan on trying to keto diet, you should let your doctor know. That way, he or she can regulary check your cholesterol levels.
Long term, your body does need carbohydrates to function best. That being said, you should not use to keto diet for longer than six months at a time.