Pros And Cons Of Following A Ketogenic Diet….
In simple terms ketosis is a natural state of the body, when it is almost completely fueled by fat. This happens mostly during fasting or when we follow a low-carbohydrate diet which is also known as keto diet or ketogenic diet.
What is ketosis?
Keto or ketosis makes the body produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”. This is an alternative fuel of the body when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. Ketones are produced in the body when fasting is done or when there is a very little intake of carbohydrates and moderate amount of protein intake.
Ketones are produced in the liver, from fat. They are consumed in the body as fuel. Our brain consumes a lot of energy every day, it can’t run on fat directly it can only run on glucose or ketones. So our brain also consumes these fuel produced by ketones in our body.
Why Ketogenic diet?
Ketogenic diet is well known for being low carb-diet. In this process body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. Many ought to follow keto diet plan these days. But this ketogenic diet has certain pros and cons.
Advantages from a ketogenic diet are similar to those of low-carb diet. But the effects are even more than a low-carb diet because protein intake is more restricted. This in return raises ketones more, and lowers insulin more.
- Help in weight loss
- Reduce blood sugar and insulin level
- Reduce fat storage and enhances fat burning
- Lowers risk of cancer
- Reduce PCOS
- Epilepsy management
Although ketogenic diet has many advantages, there are also a few disadvantages of it.
- Very restrictive way of eating
- Long term, low-carb may damage the metabolism
- Ketogenic diet requires an adaptation period
- May cause adverse health effect
- Triggers ketoacidosis
- Triggers micronutrient deficiencies
Therefore ketogenic diet has both advantages and disadvantages.For some people it may be a great way to lose weight but not for everyone. It’s always preferable to consult a doctor or a nutritionist or dietician before altering diet plans. It is important to take care when switching to such a diet.