IS THE KETOGENIC DIET LOVED BY CELEBRITIES FOR YOU?
Having the backing of health guru’s like Ashy Bines to celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, it feels like everybody is jumping on the Ketogenic Diet band wagon. If you’re not familiar with the craze, it is an extremely-low carbohydrate diet that is sometimes used as a medical treatment.
Despite the great weight loss results, experts are warning that it might be harmful for some people. Before you delve right in and cut out all the (delicious) carbs, read about the pros and cons of this diet.
For people with certain medical conditions and illnesses, a ketogenic diet can be very beneficial. Studies have shown that women suffering PCOS can benefit from a low-carbohydrate diet, improving their weight, testosterone levels and reducing their symptoms. It has also been used for treating epilepsy especially in children, as the high presence of ketones in the body change the metabolism and re believed to have an anticonvulsant effect. However, the real pro that you’re wanting to hear about is yes, you will lose weight – and a lot, according to Ashy Bines who claims users on her 28 day keto challenge that they will “lose 5-8kg in 4 weeks without having to spend hours in the gym.”
And the Cons
While you may begin to see dramatic weight loss results in the beginning, most dieters find they rapidly put the weight back on (if not more) when they go back to eating normally.
Because it is so restrictive, many people will not be able to maintain this diet forever. It also makes dieters irritable, constipated and in the long run, can increase your risk for kidney and liver problems – yikes!
Before beginning a ketogenic diet, you should consult your GP and an accredited practising dietitian to see if this way of eating is right for you. Many people have suffered from the “keto flu” after beginning their diet, as well as an array of mild to severe symptoms in the long run.