1KETO: FACT OR FAD
One of the latest diets to be brought into the media’s spotlight is the ketogenic diet, (or keto for short). The diet has grown in popularity due to it’s amazing weight loss results with many people jumping onto social media to show their before and after shots. What is intriguing about the diet is it’s unusual foods that is on the ‘approved’ list, such as bacon and butter – generally big no-no’s for other diets. Adding to it’s popularity, celebrities like Megan Fox and Kourtney Kardashian have credited the high-fat and low-carb diet for achieving their physiques.
As with most other diets, there are some nay sayers, and the Keto diet hasn’t escaped with one of the pessimists being Jillian Michaels – well known for her fitness brand and Biggest Loser stardom. Michaels has been recently been quoted for telling people that keto is not a good idea for the average person.
She actually goes on to recommend that people “Do not go keto. Just work out, eat clean and don’t overeat. I promise you, balanced diet,” she said.
Michaels claims concerns about people mis-interpreting the Keto diet formula, and the average person may think that they “can eat whatever” and however they want on this diet.
“Calorie management and calorie restriction is less oxidative stress, so it’s far better for aging and being healthier,” she told People.
The keto diet is not a new diet. In fact it was developed in the 1920’s to as a therapeutic diet to successfully treat children with epilepsy. It since grew out of favor due to lack of funding and publicity as well as the invention of anticonvulsant medications.
A quick synopsis of the theory behind Keto is the high-fat low-carb diet deprives the body of sugars, a bodies initial go to for energy. Without sugars the body is forced to find alternatives for energy – this is where the fats come into play. The body begins by using the fats in the bloodstream and then, when that has been depleted, the body will begin to use the fat stores. In fact, advocates for the Ketogenic diet argue that the energy from fats is actually much more efficient than the energy obtained from sugars.
People who have been on the ketogenic diet even spout other benefits such as better energy levels throughout the day, high levels of concentration, and even reduced blood sugar and insulin levels.
Yes – the Keto diet is unconventional with its strong push for high fat foods and low carb formula, but there is a long and growing list of individuals who swear by the diet.
The long term effects are yet to be researched and studied, therefore whether the diet is a way of eating going forward is yet to be determined.
What do you think about this latest diet?