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hana asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 1 month ago

Has anyone tried the Keto diet? And if so, what are the advantages and disadvantages of the Keto diet?

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes.  Millions of people eat a keto diet and have been doing so for years.  It is very healthy.  It just isn't the Standard American Diet (SAD).  Most people are used to eating grain-based foods as part of every meal (bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice, tortillas, etc.) as well as food with added sugar or sweeteners.  On a keto diet you can eat 6+ cups of veggies every day -- that's a lot.  You eat 2-3 smaller (3-4 ounce) servings of protein from eggs, fish, chicken, beef, pork, etc.  You eat fat from things like olive oil, nuts, and avocado, but you don't eat it by the bucket.  

    When we eat carbs our body breaks them down into "sugars" that are fuel for our cells.  We then produce insulin to take that fuel through our body.  Insulin also tells the cells that food is coming so not to burn stored fat.  The cycle of eating lots of carbs tends to prevent fat burning, encourage fat storage, and increase hunger.  

    Our bodies are pretty amazing.  When we don't eat carbs, our bodies are able to take fat (either from storage or from food we eat) and break down triglycerides to produce kenos and glycogen fuel your cells can use.  This process is call glycigenisis.  Being in a state of ketosis means you body is burning fat for fuel.  As a result, many people are able to control their calories, cravings, and hunger better and are able to lose weight.If you're really interested it keto, read some books/articles and or watch some videos.  Then you can decide for yourself whether this is a good approach for you. 

    https://www.virtahealth.com/blog/why-dont-need-die...

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  • Brian
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    1 month ago

    The “keto” diet is any extremely low- or no-carbohydrate diet that forces the body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis occurs when people eat a low- or no-carb diet and molecules called ketones build up in their bloodstream. Low carbohydrate levels cause blood sugar levels to drop and the body begins breaking down fat to use as energy. Ketosis is actually a mild form of ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis mostly affects people with type 1 diabetes. In fact, it is the leading cause of death of people with diabetes who are under 24 years of age.

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  • 1 month ago

    If you know an alcoholic who's pee smells like butter that's ketoacidosis. Their blood is turning acidic and they might die. Call 911. ketogenesis is a slightly different process and not as immediately life threatening but suffice to say it is a 'problem." You are forcing your body into emergency backup procedures which can become a life threatening problem if the cards fall right. You can go into effectively diabetic shock when you do fully run out of fat or carbs to use as energy. I've done it and started keeping emergency chocolate with me. You'll find yourself getting weak and woozy, it's hard to breath, you might convulse and if you're really unlucky, you'll pass out. Some diabetics and epileptics have their driving license revoked because it's simply too dangerous for them to drive because of this.

    All that said, we eat way too many carbs in America. You can cut back from pancakes, chips, soda, and mac n' cheese without going into emergency backup keto.

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  • Logan
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    1 month ago

    A near zero carb low calorie diet will deplete glycogen stores faster so fat lose can begin sooner.  With a Keto diet you will lose several pounds or water and glycogen in the first few days and begin losing a pound or more of fat a week after that.  With a less extreme diet it could take weeks before fat loss begins.

    One problem is you might become constipated from lack fiber, so you should take sugarless fiber supplement. 

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