The Pros and Cons of Keto Dieting
Some of you know that I am not a fan of Keto dieting because it restricts you from eating an entire macronutrient group (carbs), and anyone I know who has done keto and lost weight has not only regained the weight but has gained more than where they started as soon as they start eating carbs again. But let’s just take a look at Keto and what it is.
The ketogenic diet, also known as the keto diet, is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that has been popularized as a weight loss and health improvement plan. Here are some of the pros and cons of following a keto diet.
Potential for weight loss: By restricting carbohydrates and increasing fat intake, the body goes into a state of ketosis, where it burns fat for energy instead of glucose. This can result in weight loss for some people, especially those who have trouble losing weight through other methods.
Improved blood sugar control: The low-carb aspect of the keto diet can help regulate blood sugar levels, making it a beneficial option for people with type 2 diabetes.
Initial side effects: When starting a keto diet, some people may experience side effects such as headache, fatigue, nausea, and dizziness. These symptoms usually subside within a few days as the body adjusts to the new way of eating.
Lack of fiber: The high-fat, low-carb nature of the keto diet can lead to a lack of fiber in the diet, which can have negative impacts on digestive health.
Risk of nutrient deficiencies: By limiting certain food groups, such as carbohydrates and certain fruits and vegetables, the keto diet may not provide all of the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health.
Difficulty sticking to the diet: The strict nature of the keto diet can make it difficult for some people to stick to in the long term.
It's important to note that the keto diet may not be suitable for everyone. Regardless, you need to be in a calorie deficit no matter what dieting method you choose, in order to lose weight. I personally advocate BALANCE by eating ratios of approximately 40/40/20% protein, carbs and fats in most instances when you start a diet plan for fat loss and muscle gain.
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