Ketogenic Diet Is it Sustainable ?

Today, our greatest health problems relate to overeating. People are consuming too many calories and too much low-quality food, bringing on chronic diseases like cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Before I go into Ketogenic diet, what is ketosis means?

In normal circumstances, the body’s cells use glucose as their primary form of energy. Glucose is typically derived from dietary carbohydrates, including:

  1. sugar – such as fruits and milk or yogurt
  2. starchy foods – such as bread , pasta

The body breaks these down into simple sugars. Glucose can either be used or stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen. When there is not enough glucose available to meet energy demands, the body will start to find alternative to break down fat stores to provide glucose from triglycerides (A fat (lipid) stored unused calories and provide your body with energy)

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy , it burns stored fats instead. this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body.

How Do Ketogenic Diet Come About ?

Ketogenic diet was originally introduced by  in 1920. It is a natural therapy treating epilepsy without using any medications.In 1997, Abrahams produced a TV movie “First Do No Harm” starring Meryl Streep, in which a young boy’s intractable epilepsy is successfully treated by the ketogenic diet.

What is Ketogenic diet? 

Ketogenic diet focus on low carb, moderate protein and high fat diet which put the body in the state as ketosis. Ketosis occurs as a result of the change in the body’s fuel usage from carbohydrate to fat.

Why Ketogenic diet?

  1. Aids in weight loss
  2. Improve heart health by increasing HDL and decrease LDL
    (consume healthy fat – avocados)
  3. An increase of energy

Is Ketogenic diet sustainable ?

There are many popular diet out there that would last only a few weeks to months. My suggestion is to embrace the change that is sustainable over a long term. In fact, a balanced, unprocessed diet, rich in colourful fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grains, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and lots of water seems to have the best evidence for the long, healthier, vibrant life.

References 

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2716748/
  2. https://ketodash.com/keto-diet
  3. https://www.ruled.me/benefits-ketogenic-diet/
  4. https://www.slideshare.net/marievranceanu/ketogenic-diet-82271881
  5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/triglycerides/art-20048186

 

 

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