Health and Fitness

The Keto Diet. Is it safe?

It’s got to be too could be true. Right? I mean who doesn’t like eating cheese, eggs and a lot of meat. These are the hallmarks of the “Keto Diet”that has become very popular.

Basically, the ketogenic or “Keto” diet forces your body to burn fat rather than carbohydrates. The liver then converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies if it does not have glucose as it energy source. This can lead to rapid weight loss.

Like the Atkins diet, the keto diet forces a body to turn to stored fat for fuel and leads to rapid weight loss. The major difference is that a keto diet consists of sustained low carb high fat high protein foods whereas the Atkins diet consists of phases which allows you to gradually increase your variety of food.

I would never recommend remaining on the keto diet beyond two weeks. The rapid weight loss you experience at the start of your diet may help your motivation, but after a couple weeks you should transition to a healthy balanced diet. Remaining on the keto diet may lead to many nutrient deficiencies. Further, to increase longevity, decrease pain and improve your overall health, I would recommend a diet similar to the Mediterranean diet. It emphasizes lean meat or fish and a great deal of nuts, vegetables, and fiber, and is a great way to transition to weight maintenance. After a couple weeks of rapid weight loss on the Keto Diet, stop and remember the old adage “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

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