The Ketogenic Diet...Is it good or bad? This specific question has been the most asked about topic since we began the Bite-Sized Breakdown series. There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding surrounding the "Keto" approach. So, let us break it down (as simply as possible), trim the fat and get down to the lean cut facts.
First off, if you've followed this series at all, you'll know I don't believe in the "good or bad" viewpoint in almost all circumstances. It's about the individual, their personal circumstances, preferences and what will allow them to stay the most consistent. Maybe the Ketogenic diet will work for you...maybe it won't. This blog will only serve the purpose of helping you to make a better initial decision.
The traditional Ketogenic Diet consists of mainly eating healthy fats (75-85%), moderate amounts of protein (10-20%) and little to no carbs (5% or less). The goal being to put the body into a state of ketosis.
When your body enters into a state of ketosis (usually taking 2-4+ days), it will switch from using glucose (the bodies preferred energy source; due to it's ease and speed of conversion for energy use) to ketone bodies; which are produced for energy, by the liver, in the absence of carbohydrates.
Due to the absence of carbohydrates, your body will become a fat (dietary, not necessarily body) burning machine in order to get the fuel it needs to survive and thrive.
However, will this lead to weight (fat) loss? What are the potential benefits? What are the potential negative side effects?
There is a TON of hype around the Ketogenic Diet! However, just like all things...there is never the "sweet" without the "sour".
*It's usually best to consult with a doctor before radically changing your dietary strategy. You shouldn't follow a Ketogenic Diet if you are Type I diabetic, pregnant or nursing, have kidney issues, certain types of cancers or have a history of eating disorders. These are just to cover a few. Be sure to do some research on any condition that is personal to you.
Now that we took a look at some of the pros and cons, let's get to the part that the majority of people truly care about.
The answer is yes and no. Now, before you get frustrated or think I'm walking the fence, please let me explain.
So, does the Ketogenic Diet cause weight-loss. The answer (as with many approaches) is it "depends". To lose weight with any dietary strategy, you must create a caloric deficit and be able to sustain it long-term.
There is NO MAGIC DIET! The best dietary strategy will always be, the one that you enjoy the most and allows you to reach your goals.
How do you find that dietary sweet spot?
I highly recommend asking yourself these questions, while approaching and engaging in a new dietary quest.
Now, if you can answer yes (most of the time) to these questions, then the dietary strategy you picked is an absolute "DIME PIECE" and you should marry it.
If not, however, you may need to keep playing the field in order to find "The One".
When it comes to your health and how you eat, don't let the wrapper fool you. It's what on the inside that counts.
The glitz, the glamour, the hype and the promises will always fall short and leave you discouraged. Your health and success will quite simply (simply does not mean easy) come down to good quality whole food choices, consistency and finding out what works best for you and your lifestyle.
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