Why is keto diet a boon?
Keto diet is a hot topic nowadays. Everyone is talking about the keto diet. In the gym, in colleges, in the WhatsApp group, there is tons of discussion going on related to this topic. So what is keto diet? This is a low-carb, moderate-protein, and high-fat diet that helps you to get flat belly within minimum time. This diet shuttles your body in the state of ketosis where the body utilizes fat instead of carbs for energy production. This way, it helps you to get rid of excess fat that accumulates in various parts of your body and makes you look slim and lean.
Evolution of the keto diet:
This diet was introduced by the Greek physicians in the early-1900s. Back then, it was recognized to treat epilepsy in kids as well as adults. It was believed to be efficient in resisting the epileptic seizures. It was also used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. At that time, its main sources included poultry, meat, greasy foods, leafy-vegetables, etc and it was taken as intermittent fasting. As soon as people broke their fasting, seizures occurred again and diet was soon proven inefficient.
This diet came into limelight in the 21st century. This time, it was used for weight loss. Nowadays there are many dietary supplements available in the market to support the keto diet. It comes in the form of bottled capsules, pills, and tablets. Even keto-friendly snacks and instant meals are now available in the market. This has made the implementation of this diet very convenient and interesting.
Components of the keto diet:
Basic components of keto-diet are already stocked up on the shelves of your pantry and you neglect their usage. Yes’ we’re here talking about healthy fats which you neglect in your diet because of the fear of getting corpulent. This diet comprises of low-carb, moderate-protein, and high in fat foods. These are good sources of protein as well as fat. These foods give your body the strength that it needs for survival and functioning and also help you feel full for a longer period. A few of keto-foods are listed below.
- Meat and poultry- chicken, eggs, lamb, mutton, pork, etc.
- Seafood and fish- prawns, crab, and greasy-fish
- Natural fats- coconut and olive oil.
- Dairy- cheese, milk, butter, and yogurt.
- Green veggies- leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, fenugreek, etc.
- Low-carb beverages- Water, coffee, tea, and red wine.
Why should you take a keto diet?
As we all know that obesity makes us look chubby and may even lead to self-isolation in some cases. But this is half-truth because of the effects of the overweight range up to some even more dangerous extents. Excess fat does inevitable harm to and disrupts the functioning of most vital body organs like brain, lungs, kidneys, liver, stomach, etc. few of the after-effects of obesity are listed below.
- Atherosclerosis- it is the condition where the surplus lipids line up on the walls of arteries and interrupt the blood flow. Therefore blood clots take formation. This is the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes.
- Metabolic syndrome- in this condition, the body faces problem in processing the food and generating the energy due to extra fats.
- Back pain- the pressure of overweight is compensated by the spinal cord. Therefore, the spine tends to bend and curvature occurs.
- Breathlessness- excess fat accumulates on the linings of the walls of airways and disrupts the breathing of an individual causing heavy-breathing and breathe shortness.
How this diet puts the body in ketosis?
Keto diet is an LCHF diet. It works through the phenomenon of ketogenesis. First, this diet helps in the galvanization of serotonin hormone in the body that provides satiety to the body and tricks your mind to feel full without even eating. This way, we feel fewer hunger cravings and our carb intake automatically reduces due to which body faces glucose scarcity. To get rid of this scarcity, our body searches for another source of energy and therefore, enters into ketosis. Then, this diet stimulates the production of BHB (beta-hydroxybutyrate) that helps in the breakdown of triglycerides into ketones and thus aids the burning and utilization of already stored fat.
Pros and cons of the keto diet:
- Boosts fat burning
- Increases energy levels
- Encourages insulin production
- Controls appetite
- Controls mood swings
- Sugar deficiency
- Disturbance in carb-metabolism
- Keto-flu (diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, headache, and fever)
- Ketoacidosis (surplus of acids in the body)
Always consult your doctor before taking any diet. Consider checking your medical history. Keto diet may cause dehydration and constipation. So, one must always drink sufficient water to stay hydrated while on this diet. This diet is all about running the body on fats so if you won’t eat enough fats, you might end up getting weak. Take proper nutrition as well.
Who shall not take a keto diet?
This diet is not meant for people who are taking any medications for hypertension or diabetes. This diet is also not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding ladies for obvious reasons.
Keto diet is quite popular among the people seeking to lose weight and the reason is as usual, that this diet doesn’t restrict you from eating fats and doesn’t put compulsion on you to do exercise. You can lose while watching clock and chewing on bacon slices. This diet works to bring the body in ketosis and burns fat for energy production. The main purpose of this diet is to suppress hunger and increase metabolic rate but it also helps in body purification, energy balance, and mood control. Despite all these benefits, it has a major shortcoming that is keto flu but you can avoid this problem by eating healthy foods and taking pertinent water.