Not all gold shines: not only will it not give you lasting results, a ketone diet can potentially harm your health. While the world is crazy about the star-studded diet, and Instagram is flooded with #keto tags, check out the facts on why the ketone diet is NOT good.
Stars such as Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian swear by the ketone diet, which in 2017 also ranked among the top ten most searched diets on Google. A ketone diet is based on causing a condition in the body called ketosis. It is a metabolic process in which the body prefers to consume fat instead of its favorite source of energy, sugar. Fans of this low-calorie and high-fat diet boast that they have more energy, less appetite and fairly stable weight loss – all while chewing bacon, heavy cream and butter.
It was invented in hospitals
The ketone diet is used in hospitals as a nutritional therapy for the seriously ill, in whom all medications have failed. This diet represents the last hope for difficult neurological patients and is carried out under strict medical supervision. There are many studies that confirm that the ketone diet is successful in treating some devastating neurological diseases. But how does it work in the long run for the average person who wants to lose weight and live a healthy life?
Let’s first look at how it works…
In the ketone diet, carbohydrates make up only 10 percent of all daily calories and 20 percent protein. The remaining 70 percent of the calories we consume during the day are derived from fats. Our body produces energy for its functioning mainly from carbohydrates and when we reduce their intake greatly, it begins to consume glucose, which is stored in the muscles as glycogen. We need to know that about three grams of water are bound to one gram of glycogen, which means that with this diet we do not actually lose weight, but mainly water.
When someone loses a few pounds in just one week with the help of a ketone diet, it is because they have most likely lost a lot of fluid and not fat, so the result is not lasting. Many use a ketone diet in combination with an extremely low-calorie diet of less than 1000 calories a day, so it is sometimes difficult to determine what caused weight loss in a particular case.
What are the consequences of a ketone diet?
You don’t have to be a scientist to figure out: if we stick to a ketone diet in the long run, it can be potentially very harmful, as long-term consumption of saturated fats doesn’t benefit our heart in any way. Not to mention how boring it is to eat only coconut oil and butter for months and months! A ketone diet can quickly cause constipation, but in the long run it weakens the immune system and increases the risk of bowel cancer.
In addition, following a long-term ketone diet takes away all the joy of life: who can plan anything with others, go on vacation or dinner without putting in a mouthful of more carbohydrates than prescribed by this strict diet? So this diet robs us of many pleasures in life, not to mention the joy of food and a healthy lifestyle. The next time someone crosses your path, convincing you that the ketone diet is the right thing to do, a bit of common sense will not be superfluous.