Ketogenic (Keto) diet is over a century old, but recently became a widespread practice. Many have found success with weight loss after trying the new way of eating. The low carbohydrate, high fat diet works by training your body to fuel off fats instead of carb converted sugar.
If this diet sounds familiar from previous years, you may be thinking of Atkins. The difference is Atkins encourages high protein and incremental changes. Keto keeps protein low and forces your body to adjust. This may cause several temporary symptoms like:
- Keto Flu
- Digestion issues
- Muscle Cramps
- Low blood sugar
- Sour breath
Wondering if the latest trend in diets is for you? There are at least three reasons why it might not be.
You’ve already banned certain foods from your diet
If you’re a picky eater already, this may not be the diet for you. Those already committed to being vegan, vegetarian, or pescatarian won’t be able to practice the meal plan. Though the Keto diet restricts carbs and sugar, including fruit, it does allow a wide variety of other food groups. The challenge comes with what you’re willing and able to give and take.
Your body type supports a balanced diet including carbs
The three main body types process carbs differently. Ectomorphs rely on a higher carbohydrates diet to meet and maintain weight and fitness goals. They burn fat quickly and would be thin without carbs. Mesomorphs require a balance between carbs, protein, and fat. If your body falls under Endomorph description, the Keto diet may work well for you. Otherwise, it may not help you meet nutrition and weight goals.
You have problems with high cholesterol
The goal of the Keto diet is to reduce health concerns like diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease. In most cases, the lifestyle changes help to successfully combat those issues. Still, in rare cases the diet causes issues with cholesterol because of the higher fat and meat intake.
The best way to lose weight is to follow a long term fitness and nutrition plan. Use moderation and know what foods cause weight gain and loss for your body type.