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The "Keto" diet

Saturday, June 2017

What is a Keto Diet?

A keto diet is a low carb diet, where the body generates ketones in the liver for usage as energy. It’s called many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), and so on. When you consume something full of carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin. Glucose is the simplest molecule for your health to transform and use as energy, therefore it will likely be selected over some other source of energy.

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Insulin is created to process the glucose in your bloodstream. Since the glucose is being used as a major energy, your fats are not necessary and are therefore saved. Usually, on a regular, higher carbohydrate diet, the body make use of glucose as the primary type of energy.

By decreasing the consumption of carbs, the body is activated to a state referred to as ketosis. Ketosis is a natural action your body starts to aid us to survive when intake of food is low. Within this state, we produce ketones, which are produced through the breakdown of fats in the liver.

The completed purpose of an adequately managed keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We do not repeat this through hunger of calories but through starvation of carbohydrates. Our entire body is incredibly adaptive to what you add into it – once you overload it with fats and eliminate carbohydrates, it's going to start to burn ketones as the leading energy source.

Why Is Keto Famous?

The keto diet has grown into a trend amongst people trying to find quick, dramatic weight loss. But the majority of experts believe that it is not safe. A unique perspective on extreme weight loss is increasing in popularity in certain areas of the United States. It’s known as "keto diet."

Men and women marketing the diet program say it uses the body’s own fat burning system to help men and women lose immense weight in just 10 days. It's also been recognized to help moderate signs and symptoms of kids with a brain disorder, although specialists are not exactly sure the reason why it works. Supporters say the diet program can produce quick weight loss and gives a person with greater levels of energy.


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Mice may benefit from extreme Keto diet

All fat, easy on the carbs? At least for one particular breed of lab mice, the so-called ketogenic diet could improve various health metrics, including strength and lifespan. Per a news release, researchers report that two independent studies support the same theme: that a diet with very low to zero carbs prompts the liver to produce ketone bodies to power vital organs like the brain, and that this seems to help those mice on that diet live better and longer. That doesn't mean these findings will translate to humans, reports, and following a strict keto diet requires "drastic" measures, per one of the researchers. The diet may also come with other health risks, such as obesity.

Currently, keto diets help clinically manage conditions like epilepsy, reports Medical Xpress. Exercise, too, create ketones, which the researcher adds "may be one of the mechanisms why it shows such protective effects on brain function and on healthspan and lifespan." In one study published in Cell Metabolism, researchers found this helped "extend" both longevity and healthspan. In the second, also in Cell Metabolism, midlife mortality went down while memory was improved in elderly mice. 

Medical News Today reports that researchers are now looking into whether a keto diet can have an effect on Alzheimer's disease, while it's already been linked to benefits in weight loss programs and cancer therapy. (Fruits and veggies appear to boost happiness.)


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Is It Safe?

Experts believe the diet program is an unhealthy way for weight loss and in some cases dangerous. The keto type diets in most cases work only for the short term and can be unhealthy. To begin with, the vast majority of lost weight is water weight, relating to Lisa Cimperman, R.D.N., a clinical dietitian at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and a representative for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

“Once your body enters ketosis, you also begin to lose muscle, become extremely fatigued, and eventually enter starvation mode. Then it actually becomes even harder to lose weight,” Cimperman told Healthline.

At the beginning, the majority of lost weight is water weight, regarding Lisa Cimperman, R.D.N., a clinical dietitian at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and a consultant for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

People are using this for cosmetic reasons, but it’s so extreme that it’s dangerous.

Francine Blinten is a certified clinical nutritionist

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