Is the Keto Diet Worth All The Hype?

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Is the Keto Diet Worth All The Hype?

Just because your favorite celebrity or your neighbor down the street has had success in transforming their body by following a ketogenic diet, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the right plan for you. There are some definite risk factors and contraindications for certain people when it comes to the keto diet. As with any new nutrition program or exercise regimen, you should always consult with your doctor before beginning a new program. In this article, we’re going to cover both the potential benefits and potential dangers of the ketogenic diet. 

The Pros of Ketogenic Diet

Burns Fat

Number one in our top benefits of the ketogenic diet is that when you’re in the state of ketosis, you burn fat for energy. This fat found in keto diet is a superior fuel that is going to help improve your mood and beat that afternoon drowsiness that many people get.

Balance and Lower Insulin

The other benefit is that it helps to balance and lower insulin levels. When you balance and lower insulin levels, a couple good things are going to happen. One of the most important is that you’re going to reduce oxidative stress. When you reduce oxidative stress, you reduce inflammation in the body and aging. So, if you want to age well and you want to reduce inflammation, which ultimately helps reduce chances of chronic disease in your future, then the ketogenic diet is a great option for you.

Weight Loss

Number three and probably the most important benefit that we’re going to discuss for most people is the ability to lose weight or fat loss. There’s really not a better diet out there for cutting fat from the body and losing weight than this diet. The reason that it works so well is that you shift your body from burning sugar for energy to burning fat for energy. What keto diet does is that it will start using that fat for energy. So as you use that fat for energy and as a fuel source, your body is going to lean up and you’ll start losing all those pounds. Let’s also look at the flip side of the coin and take a look at some of the potential dangers and side effects associated with ketosis.

Cons of Ketogenic Diet

It’s Somehow Difficult to Follow

For the most part, you need to plan your diet. This means that every meal you eat has to be well-planned ahead of time and calculated meticulously. This makes it difficult for even a weight loss expert to follow. The average person certainly struggles with sticking to the keto diet, especially long enough to make a difference in your body physiologically. 

Many people End Up Consuming Unhealthy Fats

Another disadvantage is that most people end up eating highly saturated animal fats; which aren’t so healthy for you. Despite the fact that carbohydrates are not part of the equation; making fats less dangerous, these fats are not health– promoting. Additionally, you should beware there are some health conditions that can make it difficult or more harmful to engage in nutritional ketosis. It’s especially important to consult with your physician prior to starting any nutrition or exercise program.

We’ve given you an overview of some of the benefits and some of the dangers of a ketogenic diet. If you decide that this may be the right plan for you, it’s imperative that you know what is required for you to use it successfully and that you consult your physician before making any changes.

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