Everywhere you went last year, you heard about the ketogenic diet. It’s most likely not going anywhere this year, either. It basically breaks down to a high-fat and low-carb diet. It then takes you into ketosis. It helps you lose weight quickly, but it doesn’t come without its share of scary problems.
Ketosis is a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues. Ketones are produced when the body burns fat for energy or fuel. Ketosis is good because it will burn your fat instead of just breaking down the sugars that are in your system. It also is hard on the kidneys and can you send into kidney failure even if you’re kidneys are in top shape. It also causes a “flu” that I’ve heard several of my friends talk about on social media. The reason why people feel so terrible is for two reasons. The first is the body is not getting what it needs from carbs and a carb withdrawal.
Secondly, eating high-fat, including saturated and trans, will send your cholesterol and triglycerides through the roof, respectively. High cholesterol and high triglycerides will then cause heart issues, high blood pressure, and will eventually send you into metabolic syndrome. Then when they’re higher, you should then go into a somewhat ketogenic diet with less starchy and carb-laden foods. So, one side of it caused you to have issues, and then you follow the other side of it. It seems like a double-edged sword that I would rather not go to battle with from the start.
Third, proponents of the diet will tell you not to eat fruits. That eating fruit has too much fructose and carbohydrates. They will also tell you not to eat nuts, seeds, and grains. It’s a no on the diet list because they contain too many calories and carbohydrates, as well. However, the fiber that is in fruit helps deter heart problems. The antioxidants and nutritious components in apples, blueberries, and other colorful foods are not found in other food groups. If you cut out the seeds, nuts, and grains, you lose the chance of extending your life and having a higher risk of getting a disease as they extend your life and cut your risk of getting a disease by a great margin.
The truth on carbohydrates is, that when chosen in the right foods, help provide the body with energy. Without them, the body starts to shut down and doesn’t have a proper energy source. As with the keto “flu”, it will make you feel so sick that you are down for at least a week. You also need carbs for ultimate thyroid function. That’s an essay for another time, but your thyroid controls your whole body and its thermostat. And despite what other people think, eating micros gives an athlete better function and it helps to bounce back faster.
There are some diseases that need high fat. A high fat diet can be benefitted by people that suffer from epilepsy, other brain injuries, and degenerative issues like Parkinson’s Disease. Bacon and unhealthy fats, not included. Avocado is a very heathy fat. Though you are not supposed to consume that on a ketogenic diet, either.
If you are just using this as a get thin quick routine, it will all come back once you stop or are not following it as faithfully. You can’t just cut out a food group that your body’s cells have a receptor for to run properly. In fact, eating both fruits and vegetables will help to eliminate your fat cells by making you less inflamed. Eating more real food and less processed food will help you to reach your goals.
Watch this video to learn more about how fruits and vegetables actually helps the body while you’re losing weight.
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