News By/Courtesy: Gopika Sasi | 15 Sep 2020 17:01pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Keto diet short for ‘ketogenic diet’ is an eating plan which minimizes your carbs and upping your fats to get your body to use fat as a form of energy.
  • Keto diet was originally designed to help people who suffer from seizure disorders
  • Various versions of the Ketogenic diet

It is not surprising that the keto diet still reigns as one of the most popular and highly researched diets out there right now. As part of Google’s 2019 Year in Search report, keto was one of the top 10 diets listed. Keto was the most-discussed diet trend of last year, as per Reddit's 2019 Year in Review. Keto diet short for ‘ketogenic diet’ is an eating plan which minimizes your carbs and upping your fats to get your body to use fat as a form of energy. The reduction of carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.

 

 It is quite unbelievable that the keto diet was originally designed to help people who suffer from seizure disorders and not to help people to lose weight. Ketones and other chemicals produced by the diet known as beta-hydroxybutyrate help minimize seizures.

 

When your intake is of very few calories, then your liver produces these then serve as a fuel source throughout the body, especially for the brain. Your entire body switches its fuel supply to run mostly on fat, burning fat 24-7 when you are on a ketogenic diet. Fat burning can increase dramatically when insulin levels drop very low. Likewise, it becomes easier to access your fat stores to burn them off.

Usually, this diet is followed by people who want to lose weight, but this also helps in managing certain health conditions like epilepsy. It might also help people with certain brain diseases, heart disease, and even acne. 

 

 

There are various versions of the ketogenic diet. This includes:

  • The targeted ketogenic diet (TKD): This diet allows you to add carbs around workouts.

  • The standard ketogenic diet (SKD): It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein, and only 5% carbs. Thus it is very low carb, moderate protein, and high fat.

  • The cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD): This involves periods of higher-carb refeeds, like five ketogenic days which is followed by two high-carb days.

  • High-protein ketogenic diet: This is quite similar to the standard ketogenic diet but higher in protein intake.

 

Everything has a positive and negative side. The ketogenic diet also has various risks like nutrient deficiency, liver problems, and kidney problems.

 

 

 
This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 15 Sep 2020 19:45pm IST


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