Keto diet is a really popular low-carb diet which has been going viral lately with the quick and wondrous results it has given to many people around the world.
People who are struggling with weight issues are swearing by the effects keto diet has shown on them.
However, there is a lot more to it that nobody acknowledges or talks about. Is it the one and only answer to the "How to lose weight question?", "Is it really effective?", "Does it not have any side effects?"
I will give you all the answers in this article, let's get right into it.
What Is Keto Diet?
Keto diet is a low carb and high-fat diet, where you incorporate the highest number of fatty foods, a moderate quantity of protein-rich foods and the lowest carbohydrates rich foods.
Since your body mainly functions on the carbohydrate sources as they are easy to digest, and the fats keep getting stored because of their complex digestibility.
But, when you start consuming more fatty foods and almost no carbs, this pushes the fat stores of your body to burn those fats now that there is no carb to burn.
How Does It Work?
I explained how it generally works in the above paragraph, but if you want to know the science behind it, keep reading.
Keto diet is an abbreviated form of "Ketogenic" diet, ketogenesis means the generation of ketone bodies. When you don't consume enough carbohydrates, your body goes short on energy, so the liver starts converting the fat molecules into "ketones".
The ketones produced are released into the bloodstream and are used as an alternative fuel source which is why it is called a "Fat burner".
The hormone "Insulin" which presents glucose resistance promotes the carbohydrate metabolism which leads to the unwanted storage of fats.
But, during Ketosis (The metabolism state of the body when producing ketones from fats) the levels of insulin hormone drops, which allows the body to tap into fat stores and convert that fat into ketones for weight loss.
The Dark Side Of Keto Diet
There are a plethora of transformation stories of people who lost their fat with the keto diet, but there are also stories about the ill effects of the keto diet that you don't hear about.
We can't deny the wonderful effects of Keto but we must also acknowledge the side effects that come with it, so that we can be cautious and careful about it, to avoid any mishappenings.
1. Kidney Damage
The consumption of high-fat foods especially red meat leads to the formation of stones in the kidney which can ultimately be fatal.
2. Keto Flu
The body is adapted to using carbohydrates as the primary fuel source and when you stop consuming it, the body takes some time to catch up to your new diet, this can lead to symptoms like headache, nausea, vomiting etc which is rightly called "keto flu"
3. Sugar Cravings
As the carbohydrate consumption is less and our body needs it to function better, it tricks the mind into eating more sugar by increasing sugar cravings. Giving in means ruining your diet and not giving in means handling the wrath of your body.
Due to the increased intake of fatty foods, fruits, vegetables and salad are sidelined which simply translates to lower fiber consumption and may irregulate the bowel movements and result in constipation.
5. Nutritional Deficiency
Keto diet is mostly fat which includes red meat, dairy products like cheese etc. These foods do not provide the required vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients which are vital for our body and their deficiency can be problematic.
6. Irregular Periods
Keto can affect women more, it can sometimes disbalance the hormone levels, leading to irregular monthly cycles, along with extreme pain from cramps in the stomach. It might also lead to Tachycardia (increase in heart rate).
Case: Mishti Mukherjee Incident
Mishti Mukherjee was one of the talented actresses who worked in many Bangla and Bollywood projects.
She reportedly died due to kidney failure because she was on a keto diet from quite some time. Her pain kept on increasing and she breathed her last breath on last Friday (2nd October 2020) in a hospital in Bengaluru. You can find more about her case here!
This incident has opened up many eyes and led to a wave of awareness among people regarding modern diets.
Things To Keep In Mind
- Do not opt for the Keto diet if you fall under any one of the following categories:
- Pregnant/ Nursing mothers
- Type 1 Diabetes patient
- Undergone Gallbladder removal
- Cardiac/ Heart Patient
- Have Kidney problems
- Have Liver problems
We all are different and we will get different results when following the same diet, and starving yourself or putting yourself in danger should not be your weight loss goal, eat homemade food in a controlled manner and you will see results.
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