You may have seen the articles and ads in recent years talking about the keto diet. What is it, and is it healthy?
The keto diet, or low carbohydrate diet, is basically the Atkins diet revisited. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake while increasing fat intake. While this can result in loss of water weight in the short term, it can cause health problems in the long term. Not consuming enough carbs can put your body in a state of ketosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state in which your body using
ketones for energy instead of carbohydrates, which are a source of energy. Muscle loss can be a serious byproduct of the keto diet. The higher intake of protein can cause problems with your kidneys, and the low carbs can contribute to low blood glucose levels. https://www.everydayhealth.com/ketogenic-diet/diet/keto-diet-dangers-you-need-know/#:~:text=1.,when%20they%20continue%20resistance%20training.
Your brain and muscles need carbohydrates from fruits, veggies, and whole grains for fuel. A well-rounded diet is key to long-term good health. Severely restrictive diets such as keto or Atkins can lead to nutrient deficiencies, digestive issues, high cholesterol, and visceral fat increase, among other problems. Our bodies need carbs. Carbohydrates are not the enemy! A well-balanced diet coupled with exercise is the best remedy for long-term weight loss. You should always discuss dietary changes with your doctor, especially before starting a restrictive diet. Our bodies need protein, fat, and carbohydrates to function properly.