Is the Keto Diet Healthy?
Well first of all, what is the Keto Diet? The keto Diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with fat. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. Now with that being said, Ketosis is a metabolic state in which some of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides energy. As opposed to glycolysis, ketosis metabolizes fat to provide energy.
Now that we understand that, let’s answer the real question, “Is the Keto Diet healthy?” The answer depends. It depends on whether you do it right and make sure that you follow the sounds of your body. There are three major mistakes that people make when going on the Keto Diet.
Most Americans get their fiber from carbs in bread, fruits and veggies most of which are too carby to get or keep you in ketosis. It is important to find and maintain a healthy intake of fiber to support regularity, lower risk of heart disease, and cancer. It is also important to supplement with a high-quality multivitamin and a micronutrient blend with antioxidant-rich plant extracts to replace those vitamins being missed by not eating the carby fruits and veggies
The drastic decrease in carbs and processed foods naturally decreased your sodium levels. Not only that, stored glycogen, which can hold up to three grams of water per gram, also gets depleted during this time. What this means is your kidneys go from retaining water to letting go of it in the form of urine. When this happens, important electrolytes are also flushed out. It is especially important that you pay attention and get enough sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Without these you could experience severe dehydration.
The type of exercise that one should do during the Keto Diet should be really pondered. Since you are not getting any carbs to fuel your muscles it is important to do low impact and short intervals. High impact and long workouts will completely tear down a body that has no carbs to fuel the muscles. It will also intensify the dehydration. Yoga and walking are some good suggestions of workouts that a person could incorporate in a Keto Diet.
It is important that you figure out what your Macros should be. There are many “Keto Calculators” on the web that will help you figure out how many carbs, fat, and protein you should be eating per day based on your current, gender, body fat and activity levels. If you eat too much protein, your body will metabolize it into a carb and you have just negated everything you are trying to do. Many people do not understand that.
Now, after taking all of these things into consideration, it can be very healthy and effective! I have lost 56 pounds in the last 7 months. I am no longer pre-diabetic. I am off several medications that I was having to take. I feel like a new person!