You’ve probably heard about the ketogenic diet and how great it is for maintaining health and weight. But who should it be off limits to?
What Is The Keto Diet?
A keto diet is one that has gained a lot of popularity in recent weeks, especially since scientists found that it is linked to longer lifespans and better cognitive function in mice. The ketogenic diet (also known as the low carb high fat diet or LCHF) is basically one where your daily caloric intake is comprised of mainly fats and adequate protein but a limited amount of carbs.
This helps your liver produce ketones to use as a source of energy. When you’re on a diet that’s high in carbs, your fats aren’t needed and are therefore stored, and you end up putting on weight.
The idea behind the keto diet is limiting your carb energy resources so your body starts burning from your fat stores instead- a state called ketosis.
The upside of this is that you do end up losing weight easily- if your goal is to actually lose weight. The downside is that this could be too good to be true.
Amber Edwards, a lactation consultant commented on the diet, saying: “ketogenic diets do tend to work very well for weight loss. Sometimes, when something works well, it can work too well, and that is the case with a keto diet."
You could definitely try it if you’d like, but maybe don’t keep your body in its ketosis state for too long!
Who Should & Who Shouldn’t Try It
It is generally advised that you consult a doctor or dietitian before you start a new nutrition plan. It’s also important you make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. According to some psychologists, diets that start with a leading idea that you’re not good enough, is not only harmful to your overall mental health, but because of that would often lead to diet failures. Psychologists recommend starting a diet when you’ve accepted your body even before you’ve started getting healthier.
As for physical conditions that should keep you from trying the keto diet, Dr Ax listed some categories of patients he’d “never put on” the diet: People diagnosed with liver disease, gall Bladder Disease, as well as pregnant women.
He also pointed out who should definitely try the diet.
“If you have the goal of overcoming epilepsy, fighting cancer, overcoming blood sugar issues such as diabetes, or [combatting] hormonal issues, such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome),” a keto diet could definitely help you.
He also said it would be useful for people with “neurological issues” and who would like to “improve overall brain health.” He also recommends it for people who generally struggle to lose weight, and especially people with metabolic issues.