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The Keto Diet
The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with diets such as the Atkins Diet. Through this diet, carbohydrate intake is drastically reduced and replaced with fat. The result of the reduction in carbs puts the body into a metabolic state called ketosis. Ketosis replaces the burning of glucose, or carbohydrates, to the burning of ketones, or fat, for energy. As a result, metabolism speeds up, hunger diminishes, muscle mass may increase, and blood pressure improves. It is considered a short-term diet for those who are overweight.
The keto diet may not be for everyone. Those with eating disorders or metabolic issues should check with their primary care providers before embarking on any change in their diet. The Harvard Health Letter cautions those considering a keto diet, as it is high in saturated fat such as beef, pork, and bacon. Although fruits are permitted because they are rich in carbs, only berries in small portions are acceptable in the diet. Leafy green vegetables such as kale, swiss chard, spinach, and a variety of vegetables such as bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, cucumbers, and celery might also be added to the keto diet. It’s important to keep in mind that the diet is low in fibrous foods, which may lead to constipation. It is also low in micronutrients such as selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamins B and C.
For additional information, consider these resources The Keto Reset by Mark Sisson or Keto Diet by Josh Axe. Try an eBook or two: Keto Diet for Dummies by Rami Abrams and Vicky Adams, The Keto Cookbook of Delicious Ketogenic Diet Recipes for Healthy, Long-Term Weight Loss by Donald Ortner.
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