When you first hear about the term keto diet and how it works, you’ll most likely do a double-take and question the sense of it. It sounds too good to be true at first or perhaps too far fetched in the beginning. But once you understand some basic science behind it, you’ll agree that it might do the trick.
But what about keto diet safety? A keto diet is an extremely low carbohydrate and high fat intake diet along with a small portion of protein. How does it differ from Atkins, you say? By the portion of proteins. In Atkins, the protein portion is relatively larger as compared to the portion allowed in Keto.
How it works
How about before we pass a verdict, we explain some basic science and common practicality of this diet? Keto works by drastically reducing your carb intake to a bare minimum while just as dramatically increasing your fat intake.
This makes your body start burning up the fate instead of the sugars to provide you with the daily energy needed to power you through the day. While the theoretical concept is simple, things get slightly more complicated when put to the test.
Medical benefits of Keto
From what medical science has to say, this is quite a helpful lifestyle. It helps with cholesterol, fat-related diseases, and diabetes. We mean carbs are basically sugar, and if you have diabetes, then your body is having a hard time breaking down sugar. So less sugar to break down equals controlled diabetes.
As for cholesterol, hypertension, and heart-related issues, fat deposition is a significant contributor. When you’re eating a healthy fat diet, your body shifts to a constant fat-digesting metabolic process called ketosis, where it just strips down fat and efficiently burns it for energy.
The ketosis process also turns the fat deposited around your liver into ketones, which all in all are a great supply of energy for the brain. Thus Keto is advisable for patients with brain injuries or diseases as well.
For the weight loss brigade
But apart from the medical breakdown that we just summarized, the primary and basic reason why we all want to try the keto diet is to lose a few in all the right places. Eating and stuffing feel great, but it just adds to our problems when you put on a few and feel guilty.
So how safe is the keto diet, with all the high fat intake? Keto is a promising way to lose weight. What’s great is that is works for most and requires doing what we love doing — eating all that fatty food. This aspect may even make a few of us apprehensive.
It might be complicated
But what do I mean when I say that it works for most? Because that’s the general ratio here sadly. Many complain about Keto being a total hit or miss. Since Keto is a very natural way to dupe your body into choosing an alternate energy making method, it affects different people differently.
All factors such as age, sex, ethnicity, metabolic rate, underlying diseases, lifestyle choices, hormones, and type of food can affect the outcomes of the diet. Then there’s the issue of people not adhering to it long enough for their bodies to actually jump the ketosis bandwagon.
A few heads up
Compliance is the key. So is adhering to the diet plan. Even a small deviation from the allowed carb level can make the ketosis occur less effectively. Remember, carbs are your body’s favorite and easiest to break nutritions.
You’re depriving your body of sugars and forcing it to use your already stored fats to make it work. It’s almost like feeding a child green and healthy stuff despite the fact that they can have frozen food and quick to make stuff. But you care and want things to be healthy and safe.
So yes. Keto is quite very safe. It does not require any extra supplements. No one can dupe you into buying nutritional products to rev up your keto diet except for fat additives. No detox teas, none of those laxatives to make you lose a few pounds ‘within two weeks.’ Oh, how we despise those ads.
Keto may not be for everybody out there, but it’s a great way of staying healthy and losing weight. But no one can claim that Keto will agree with everybody. Not a lot of people can mentally accept a high-fat diet. Nor can they stomach it.
Many complain about nausea, fatigue, and general irritability. The decrease in digestive fibers can lead to constipation, cramps, and upset gastric functions. The occurrence isn’t common, though. Drinking enough water and fluid intake is advised.
There are apps and devices for you to keep a check on whether your body has begun the ketosis process yet or not. It’s a great way to remain adherent to the diet.