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The Keto Diet: Is It Worth It?

By Genevieve Cunningham

It seems as though there’s always a new diet making waves in the fitness world. The Atkins Diet, the grapefruit diet, the South Beach Diet. It’s a neverending cycle of eat this, not that. But the only diets that really work are those that make an actual lifestyle change. Enter the Keto Diet. This is a way of eating that is really gaining steam … and for many, it’s one that works wonders. But what’s the deal? Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Take a look at the details involving this diet to determine whether it’s right for you.

What is Keto?

To be extremely short and basic, the Keto Diet involves drastically cutting carbohydrates and sticking to proteins and healthy fats. Proponents of this way of eating strive to put their body into ketosis. This happens when the body is starving for carbs, and turns to your fat reserves for energy. You may find that this eating plan involves mostly fats -- nuts, avocado, etc. -- and absolutely zero breads or heavy starches.

What Are the Advantages?

Those who partake in this way of eating claim many incredible benefits to the body and mind. The first and most often touted is that of weight loss. When people finally enter ketosis, they often find the weight practically falls off of their bodies. Other benefits that many report include: clear skin, enhanced focus, lower blood pressure, level blood sugar, a reduction in hunger pangs, and a boost in energy. The positive side effects, according to proponents of the diet, are endless.

What Are the Dangers?

Before you jump head first into this way of life, it’s important to know that it comes with its own set of risks. First, ketosis can be dangerous. Many experts suggest that a body should not constantly be in a state of ketosis. Others suggest that anyone at risk -- pregnant women, nursing moms, and diabetics -- should steer clear of the diet. When people first enter ketosis, they often feel incredibly sick. Bad breath, dizziness, headaches, and sweating are all par for the course. And because this diet forces you to avoid all carbs, it can also restrict the calories too much for many people, leading to malnutrition. The bottom line? Before beginning this diet (or any diet!), it’s important to speak with a doctor or healthcare professional to weigh whether the positives outweigh the negatives in your particular situation.

Whether or not you try the Keto Diet is a decision that is best left to you and your doctor. If you choose to give it a try, do your homework first. With some planning and dedication, a healthy lifestyle can be yours now and long into the future.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Johns Creek, Ga.

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