The Keto Trend: fact or fiction?

It seems like everyone is jumping onto the keto diet train. With social media and influencers boasting the benefits of the keto diet, it’s important to consider the pros and cons before giving it a go.

The home doctor experts at House Call Doctor have all the information you need to know about the keto diet, to help you decide if it is right for you.

What is the keto diet?

The ketogenic diet (more commonly known as the keto diet), is a low-carb, high-fat diet that can have many health benefits. It drastically reduces your carbohydrate intake and replaces it with fat, which puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.

There are a few different versions of the keto diet, however they all have the same function. They limit the type of food you eat. Get ready to eat seafood, low-carb vegetables, poultry, meat, eggs, cheese, yoghurt and of course fats. However, say goodbye to fruits, grains, legumes and anything with added sugar.

Pros of the keto diet

·         Weight loss is the main positive of the keto diet. This diet helps you lose body fat more quickly than other low-carb diets. The keto diet method of increasing foods that are high in fat can help eliminate cravings and feelings of hunger.

·         The keto diet can also lead to other significant health benefits. The diet can boost insulin sensitivity and cause fat loss, which can be beneficial for people with Type 2 Diabetes or prediabetes. It can also have benefits for a wide range of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Cons of the keto diet

·         Less carbs for some people (like athletes)can actually be a bad thing. It can result in less energy and endurance.

·         The keto diet restricts sugar, which our bodies need to function properly. The body needs sugar for energy and to help the brain work properly.

·         As many of the foods in the keto diet are high is saturated fats and meats, your cholesterol may increase which often leads to a higher risk of heart disease.

The after-hours doctor experts recommend speaking with your regular GP before starting any diet to ensure it is right for you.
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