All of you might have at least once in your life tried and tested dieting. Be it due to peers or your wish to get a perfect body or a flat belly slimmer looking waist. But, honestly, did it work? How long were you able to follow it? Did you get your desired results?
Some of you might be affirmative about the outcomes but only when you did follow it strictly. The dieting fans out there might have heard about the new trend Keto diet. If not let us make ourselves familiar with the term:
What is a Keto diet?
A Ketogenic Diet focuses on fat consumption, unlike the other diet plans which mainly focuses on protein.
A Keto diet is high fat and low carb diet which is in trend nowadays. As is known our body relies on Sugar using it as a fuel but when talking about the keto diet, our body uses the fuel produced from the fat consumed by us. This fuel is referred to as Ketone bodies which are prepared by the liver. Now, you might also be curious about what to eat in a Keto Diet. Let’s see.
What to eat in a Keto Diet?
Keto diet is a high-fat diet, so it’s obvious that you will have to consume fatty food with low carb content. Here are a few queries generally asked:
Saturated or Unsaturated fats?
Healthy unsaturated fats are allowed, but foods with saturated fats are highly encouraged.
Lean proteins or High protein sources?
There is no discrimination. You can have any protein but do keep in mind that your carb consumption must be low.
What about Fruits and Veggies?
Only in small portions. Yes, as fruits and vegetables are considered to be rich sources of protein, they are advised to be consumed in a limited amount. Also, only certain fruits and vegetables are allowed to be consumed while following the Keto diet. You are advised to consume only green and leafy vegetables like Celery, Kale, Broccoli, Brussels sprout, etc.
As we have covered what is a Keto diet and what are the consumables in it, now let’s talk about its risk factors:
Yes, everything has its good and bad side and so does this diet plan. As it might have clicked in your mind that saturated fats are not good for our health, still this diet encourages its intake. Thus, it is advised to keep the ratio of saturated fats low while consuming fatty food. At times you might feel low during this diet, and your brain might go also seen due to less conception of Sugars and Carbs. All energy that you’ll get will be from the fats.
Instead of carbs energy, your body will create energy from fats. This energy will be produced by your liver, which will be an extra load on the body organ and might result in liver problems.
Keto diet also doesn’t allow much fruits and vegetables which means very less fibrous food which can be a cause for the problem of constipation.
Kidney problem is also a risk of keto diet as protein intake will only be up to a certain limit. If you cross that limit, you will end up ruining your diet, and the less intake of proteins will result in a kidney health problem.