Low carbohydrate diets have existed for decades, and the keto diet is just the latest in a long line. Their continuing appeal lies in the promise of quick, effective weight loss, whilst still permitting the consumption of ‘guilty’ foods. But the cons of a keto diet outweigh the pros. This is because a balanced diet will always trump a meal program with severe dietary restrictions.
Let’s unpack this 🙂
Reviewed By: Lisa Donaldson, APD, M.Nutr&Diet, B.Edu
The keto diet receives its name from the ketone bodies . These are a source of energy that the body uses when it’s burning fat, produced in response to the absence of glucose.
The modern ketogenic diet varies amongst its followers. However, all focus on achieving a certain macronutrient ratio (needed to create ketones). This is: 60-75% of calories from fat, 15-30% of calories from protein, and 5-10% of calories from carbohydrates.
The idea is that when the body can no longer access glucose from its usual sources, it resorts to burning fat (either from eaten fat OR stored body fat). This forces the body to enter into what is known as a ketosis state. Thereby, potentially eating into your body fat reserves and helping you to lose weight quickly.
FYI ketones are produced in weight loss regardless of the type of calorie-restricted diet you are following.
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