A ketogenic diet is high fat and low carbohydrate diet ( aka lchf diet). The main aim of the ketogenic diet is to use body fat as fuel rather than using carbohydrates. When your body enters into the state of ketosis, it means that your body has moved from being a sugar burning mode to fat burning mode. This diet is gaining considerable attention as a potential weight-loss strategy. Besides weight loss, the ketogenic diet also aids in brain functioning, hormonal balance, and may improve heart health.

The ketogenic diet has faced some backlash at the past and even at present many people still consider it to be bad for health. The reason why the ketogenic diet was misconstrued was there wasn’t much research being conducted about it. This lack of research had led to so many of the misconceptions and myths about this diet. Here are a few of the myths and facts behind this diet:

    • Myth 1: Keto diet is considered risky for diabetic people
      • Fact: Keto diet has been proven to maintain blood sugar especially for Type 2 diabetes. It has been found that the keto diet has been proven to reverse Type 2 diabetes in multiple diabetic patients.  If you have blood sugar issues, it is always recommended to discuss with your doctor before starting any form of diet.
    • Myth 2: Keto diet is not suitable for athletes
      • Fact: There are various studies that have shown that the ketogenic diet has helped athletes to improve their body structure, remove excess fat, sustain performance and increase recovery time.
    • Myth 3: Keto diet causes weakness
      • Fact: As our body alters to burning fat for energy, it causes speedy water loss that always causes a loss of electrolytes and leaves us feeling drained and weak. Drinking enough water with some electrolytes during the Keto diet is very important.
    • Myth 4: Keto diet is bad for the heart
      • Fact: Recent research and studies have found that diet can improve heart health by reducing cholesterol.  The keto diet is known to increase the level of HDL (“good”) cholesterol and reduce the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
    • Myth 5: Keto diet damages liver
      • Fact: According to an article by Dr. Ann Fernholm and Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, fatty liver is measured as a chronic disease, but researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now proven that it is possible to get rid of the liver fat by following the keto diet and aids in the liver fat metabolism.

Please Note

Sudden change in our diet can have some consequences on our health. Because of this, it is always a good idea to consult with a doctor or a nutritionist before starting a new diet. Like any other extreme diet, the keto diet has its pros and cons. It all depends on the food choices that you make. There are different kinds of fat available in the food and it is up to you to choose the correct type and amount of the fat that suits your diet. Choosing the wrong food with the wrong type of fat can create health-related problems. Therefore, in case you are having any ongoing issue with heart, blood sugar or liver or if you are on any form of medication, it is always recommended to consult with your doctor/practitioner before starting any form of the diet, including keto.

Go ahead and enjoy the benefits of the Keto diet. Refer our this article to know more about the Keto diet and Ketones.