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PROS and CONS of KETO

Updated: Dec 7, 2023





Every diet has a place in this world, but the best diet is the one you can sustain. In this series, we will talk about the pros and cons of popular diets and help you decide if it's something that could work for you and your lifestyle.

The ketogenic diet, or "keto" diet, is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that has been gaining popularity as a weight loss strategy. It is meant to put your body in ketosis to switch your main fuel source from carbohydrates to fat.


Pros:

  1. Rapid weight loss: One of the main benefits of the keto diet is that it can lead to rapid weight loss, particularly in the first few weeks. This is because the body enters a state of ketosis, in which it begins to burn fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.

  2. Improved blood sugar control: The keto diet may also be beneficial for individuals with type 2 diabetes, as it can improve blood sugar control by lowering insulin resistance.

  3. Increased energy levels: Many people report feeling more energetic and less fatigued on the keto diet.

Cons:

  1. Nutrient deficiencies: The keto diet can be low in certain nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, and fiber, which can lead to nutrient deficiencies if not properly planned.

  2. Difficulty sticking to the diet: The keto diet can be restrictive and difficult to stick to in the long term, making it difficult for some people to maintain weight loss. You won't be able to eat out as often and stray from your diet without affecting the effectiveness of burning fat sources.

  3. Possible negative effect on heart health: The keto diet may increase the risk of heart disease by increasing LDL cholesterol levels.

  4. Keto flu: Some people may experience a group of symptoms like headache, fatigue, dizziness, and nausea when they first start the diet, which is known as the "keto flu."

Overall, the ketogenic diet can be a useful weight loss tool, but it is not suitable for everyone and should be approached with caution. It is important to understand that you have to monitor your intake and approach the diet in a deficit to see results if weight loss is the end goal.

-Coach Andi



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