Have you been hearing the word Keto (Ketogenic) diet lately?
All kinds of ads filling your social media timelines? Perhaps a few friends are trying the diet or have been making recommendations?
If you’re wondering what exactly this keto diet is, we’re here to answer your queries!
Some of the questions that you should be asking -
- Is it a sustainable way of life?
- Is it an actual diet? (Because, we all know, that diets don’t last forever!)
The Science to KETO
The body burns either glucose (sugar) or ketones. When you switch over to a primarily high-fat diet, and when it is done for an extended period of time, then the body stops being able to rely on that glucose as fuel and it starts to rely on ketones, which is the metabolic byproduct of breaking down fats as fuel. There are many ways to formulate a highly palatable ketogenic diet using real foods. But for it to be safe, pleasurable, effective, and sustainable requires consideration of several important principles that extend beyond simply restricting carbohydrates. (very common notion in the dieting world)
The diet mostly consists of non-starchy vegetables, nuts and seeds, healthy oils and fats, cheeses, eggs, meats, and small amounts of fruits. The diet does not include foods such as pasta, grains, or anything sugary. This diet does not include the concept of calorie counting, though it is very common for most people to not overeat while on the keto diet because they are satiated by the additional fats consumed.
Now, the next big question… To Try or Not to Try
Now that we all know what it is and how it works, ask yourself the next question … is it something you would want to try?
If this is the path one would like to explore, then it takes quite the commitment. But, of course, as humans, we are all curious and this seemingly super effective diet that seems to be doing the rounds has definitely created some interest.
Getting real, a high-fat diet sounds pretty awesome, to be honest. But, ask yourself, “Why?”Most of us know how these diets don’t work, we know better than to fall for a fad diet. Sure, it will help you drop a few pounds quickly, but is that really necessary for your long term health goals. Not really. What everyone truly wants is a way of eating that can be enjoyed, leaves one feeling satisfied — and that it can reasonably easy to keep it off for long without feeling restricted.
It’s safe to eat a well-formulated ketogenic diet forever, and some people who may have seen drastic medical changes because of this diet may need to maintain their nutritional ketosis to continue to see those results.
There is no argument explicitly for or against the diet as a whole. To a few, it can sound interesting and effective short-term, but in the end, it must be understood that it’s not a lifestyle that one could realistically expect to sustain.
In the end, take steps to keep yourself content without feeling the pressures of what the rest of the world says, choose what is good for you both body and soul. If you have a trusted health advisor or nutritionist, it’s always worth a chat to figure out what would suit you best and give you the long term benefit you seek.