Why Is Keto Diet So Trendy for Weight Loss?
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Ever happened to you to be the one that’s only nodding when people talk about keto diet since you were a little hazy on this topic? Well, you don’t need to anymore.
The purpose of keto diet was not to help people lose weight, but to help people who suffer from seizure disorder, because ketones and decanoic acid, another chemical produced by the diet, are believed to be beneficial in minimizing seizures. Shortly after following this therapy patients reported weight loss. There were few explanations for that: When you eat carbs, your body retains fluid in order to store carbs for energy. But when you’re not having much in the carb department, you lose this water weight. Also, it's easy to go overboard on carbohydrates—but if you're loading up on fat, it may help curb cravings since it keeps you satisfied, says nutritionist Beth Warren, R.D.
Ketosis also encourages your body to burn fat, which is the reason why you can end up with noticeable weight loss.
“The keto diet took off because its 'rules' make sense to most people,” Scott Keatley, R.D. says. “Almost all of us want to lose some fat from somewhere on our body, and this diet focuses on fat as fuel.”
What to expect?
It usually takes three to four days until you use up your body's stores of glucose, after what you go into ketosis. As with any other major diet change it is expected to feel tired due to less access to carbs, which give you quick energy. This state is known as “keto flu.” Luckily, it doesn’t last for more than a week. In addition to the tiredness and diarrhea, other side effects that may occur are lightheadedness, nausea, mental fog, cramps, and headaches.
Wil it actually help?
It probably will and here is why. For beginners it is advisable to reduce their daily caloric intake to about 1,500 calories a day because the new diet mainly consisting of healthy fats and lean proteins will make you feel fuller for a longer period of time. It takes more energy to burn fat and protein than carbs, therefore, you'll burn more calories than you did before, which consequently results in weight loss.
Anyway, the keto diet isn’t a “miracle fat burner,” says Keatley. “The calories in the fat must are still calories, so working out and keeping total intake at a reasonable level is the only way it works,” he adds. “Being on a keto diet but eating more calories than you need will still add fat to your frame.”
Who does it work best for?
Keto diet is still best for people suffering from seizure disorders. For any other case it’s not recommended as a long-term approach because it’s hard to stick with.
But if you plan to following keto diet for a short period, it’s important to set your goals clearly and make sure you have the right food.