Diets come and go, and right now a keto diet is all the rage. I'm not personally a fan of any diet, but I thought I'd explain this one so you know what is involved..
A keto diet is where you eat a very low amount of carbohydrate. When you do this, your body needs to find a new source of energy. Since it can't use carb anymore, it turns to fat. Your body takes the fat in your liver, converts it to ketones, and burns those to provide that energy source.
Sounds good, right? You're burning through those pesky fat cells, and yes, people do lose weight on this program. The problem is most of that weight loss is from water. You may also be losing nutrients. Why? Because carbohydrates are our main source of vitamins and minerals. When you cut them out, you're also cutting out those nutrients.
Another issue is the byproduct of burning ketones. It makes the acidity in your body too high, and that can lead to kidney and liver damage. Dehydration, constipation, and kidney stones are also risks with this type of diet. That's why diabetics, pregnant women, and hypertensives should never go on a ketogenic diet.
If you are considering trying this, please speak to your doctor first. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, and make sure you are still getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals you need.
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