The keto diet is on the rise. More and more people are trying to lose weight by following a low-carb, high-fat diet. The pros of this type of eating plan seem to outweigh the cons – but some dangers come along with ketogenic diets as well! In this article, we will go over what pros and cons you might experience when following a keto diet so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not it is right for you.
What is the Keto Diet
The Keto Diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that mostly can be used therapeutically. It has been proven to have many health benefits from weight loss and diabetes management to treating epilepsy in children. The basis of the keto diet is to get your body in a state of ‘ketosis’ by cutting out sugar and carbohydrates so that you can begin burning your own body fat stores for energy instead.
It has also been shown that improves Alzheimer’s disease symptoms and reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease.
The Pros of the keto diet
Management of epilepsy
-Ketogenic diets have been used to manage epilepsy. The keto diet is now being studied as a treatment option because it induces an anticonvulsant effect and reduces neuronal excitability in animals with seizures.
This would suggest that people on this type of diet are less likely to develop different types of epileptic problems, but some researchers think they could still be predisposed towards developing them anyway.
The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat weight loss plan. This kind of eating program has been found to stimulate the production of fat-burning enzymes in the liver and it also becomes easier for people to maintain their target weight after they have completed this diet because calorie consumption goes down as you have fewer carbs available.
The ketogenic diet can assist in cancer treatment. A study done on mice showed that the keto diet lessens the growth and progression of tumours, even when they are not responsive to other treatments.
It is easy to prepare
A big advantage of the keto diet is that it is simple; there are not many rules. You just need to cut out all the sugars, starchy foods (potatoes) and most grains from your daily intake while also limiting protein intake. The limitation on sugar means no more sweets or desserts, but since you are adding butter, cheese, eggs etc., this is not too much of a hardship.
The Cons of the keto diet
Keto diets have been shown to lead to ketoacidosis, which can be a life-threatening condition. Ketoacidosis is when the body produces excessive levels of ketones because not enough insulin is present in your blood. When this happens, it becomes difficult for cells throughout your body to get their usual energy supply and they start breaking down protein until there is nothing left – and then cell death occurs.
Extremely low carb intake also leads to decreased High Density Lipoprotein cholesterol (the “good” kind) and increased Low Density Lipoprotein cholesterol (the “bad” kind). This potentially increases one’s risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke on top of making it more likely that someone will develop type II diabetes due to the lack of glucose regulation as well
– The keto diet is restrictive in what foods you eat because of its high-fat content. It may be difficult to follow for some people with diabetes or other conditions who need to monitor carbohydrate intake closely
The keto diet is not for everyone. If you are a competitive athlete or have kidney issues, it may be difficult to follow the restrictions of this diet. Some people find that they experience headaches and cramps while on keto. When going off the plan, you can expect both weight loss and withdrawal symptoms like fatigue, cravings, mood swings, insomnia and depression
– Since it is low in carbs, followers of this plan will experience some side effects like brain fog and fatigue.
– Some people experience keto flu when they first start the diet. This can include stomach pain, nausea and headaches.
– Keto may not work as well if someone does not feel they have a strong motivation to stick with the plan. This might because some people wouldn’t want to reduce their alcohol consumption, or other things that are prohibited on ketosis diets.
Who should not do the Keto Diet
– People who are overweight and not just looking to lose a few pounds.
– Anyone with diabetes, as keto can be dangerous for them.
– Those on medication that can affect ketosis such as insulin, beta blockers or acetazolamide: the Keto Diet should be discussed with a doctor.
– Those on severe medications for mental health conditions as keto can trigger or worsen manic episodes in those who suffer from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
– Anyone on medication that has side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness or jaundice: the Keto Diet should be used under supervision of a doctor.
– Those who had a heart attack in the past six months, or those with high blood pressure and cholesterol levels that are not monitored.
– Pregnant or breastfeeding women: keto can be dangerous for them as it has been shown to cause birth defects when done during pregnancy.
The keto diet is not for everyone. If you are someone who eats a lot of processed foods, sugar or high carbs, the keto diet may be hard to maintain. It can also cause side effects like bad breath and constipation if you do it wrong. However, on the other hand, many people have reported weight loss as well as lower blood glucose levels while following this diet plan. People with diabetes should consult their doctor before starting any new diets-but if your health does allow for it then there is no reason why you should not give this one a try!