Keto diet: All you need to know

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13 Jan 2019

#HealthBytes: What is Keto diet and how it works

If you happen to be a weight-watcher, you've probably already heard of the Ketogenic diet, one of the hottest diet buzzwords.

The Keto diet encourages increased consumption of healthy fats, a moderate amount of protein consumption, and much lower intake of carbohydrates, in order to promote healthy weight loss.

Here's all you need to know about the Ketogenic diet.

The mechanism

How does the Keto diet work?

How does the Keto diet work?

The Keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet, that aims at drastically reducing carbohydrates intake, and replacing it with fat consumption.

Such reduction in carbs leads your body to a metabolic state, known as ketosis.

This further helps your body to quite efficiently burn fat for energy.

Additionally, it converts fat into ketones in the liver, thus contributing to energy supply to the brain.

The Keto diet reduces blood-sugar and insulin levels in body

The Keto diet leads to huge reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels in the body, which in combination with increased ketones, has many amazing health benefits.

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Weight loss

Keto diet for weight loss

The unconventional Keto diet proves effective for promoting healthy weight loss, and reducing risk of lifestyle diseases.

Research suggests that it is way better than the usually recommended low-fat diet.

Further, a study showed that participants on Keto diet lost 2.2 times more weight than those on a calorie-restricted, low-fat diet.

What's more? They also witnessed improvement in Triglyceride and HDL cholesterol levels.

Other health benefits of Keto

Originally invented to treat neurological diseases, the Keto diet, apart from promoting healthy weight-loss, also prove beneficial against diseases like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, Parkinson's and other brain injuries.

Foods

What to eat, what not to eat

What to eat, what not to eat

Since the diet focuses on limiting carbohydrates, food items such as grains, beans, legumes, fruits, alcohol, and unhealthy fats should be avoided.

And in lieu of them, low-carb, fatty food items such as meats, fishes, eggs, butter, cream, cheese, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, avocados, and low-carb veggies (green veggies, tomatoes, onions etc.) should be consumed.

The bad side

Side effects of the Keto diet

When switching on to a Keto diet, there might be some side effects, as your body takes time to adapt.

This is known as keto flu and often includes poor energy, improper mental function, increased hunger, sleep issues and nausea.

To minimize these effects, you may try a low-carb diet for the first couple of weeks before turning to a completely zero-carb diet.

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What is the keto diet?

Asked 2019-01-13 19:41:30 by Vibhore Lobo

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The Ketogenic or Keto diet is a diet that involves high consumption of fats, moderate intake of proteins, and much lower intake of carbohydrates, in order to promote healthy weight loss.

What are the benefits of Keto diet?

Asked 2019-01-13 19:41:30 by Trisha Saxena

Answered by NewsBytes

Keto diet helps in losing weight, and reducing risk for many diseases such as heart disease, cancer, acne, and many a neurological conditions.

What foods should be eaten and which ones should be avoided, when on a Keto diet?

Asked 2019-01-13 19:41:30 by Aditya Rao

Answered by NewsBytes

Sugary foods, grains, starches, fruits, beans, legumes, root veggies, unhealthy fats, and alcohol should be avoided, while consumption for meat, fatty-fishes, eggs, butter, cheese, nuts, cream, avocado, and other high-fat foods should be increased.

What are the side-effects orf Keto diet?

Asked 2019-01-13 19:41:30 by Vishal Kapoor

Answered by NewsBytes

There might be some initial-level side effects, as your body takes time to adapt to the new diet pattern. These include nausea, increased hunger, digestive issues, and poor energy/mental function. To minimize these effects, it is advised to go slow, ie. choose a moderate to low carb diet, before switching on to an extremely low-carb or zero-carb diet.

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