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The ketogenic diet is quickly growing in popularity. So does it live up to the hype? Here are some pros and cons of the new diet craze.

What is the Keto Diet?

In simple terms, the keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb diet plan that claims to make body’s their own fat burning system to help lose a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time. Sound too good to be true? Be warned – there are some potential drawbacks.

The Drawbacks of the Keto Diet

A major drawback keto dieters report is a plethora of side effects in the early stages of the diet. The sharp drop of carbs can lead to the “keto flu,” which causes headaches, nausea, brain fog, and irritability. Dieters may also notice “keto breath,” a strong odor when exhaling chemical byproducts of ketosis. Let’s not forget to mention the massive carb cravings. Fortunately, these symptoms subside within a week or two.

The Benefits of the Keto Diet

Research suggests that ketosis may help overweight patients lose a significant amount of weight, which lowers levels of cholesterol. Keto dieters also boast enhanced mood, increased energy levels, and mental clarity.

What Can I Eat on the Keto Diet?

The ideal keto diet should include the following foods:

  • Animal protein
  • Dairy
  • Healthy oils
  • Healthy fats
  • Non-starchy vegetables
  • Fluids (water, bone broth, tea)
  • Leafy greens

The Bottom Line

A ketogenic diet has been shown to treat certain conditions while accelerating weight loss. However, it may be hard to follow long-term. Plus, long-term health outcomes are still unknown. At Lakeview Family Medicine and Crossroads Family Medicine, we promote a balanced diet, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fatty fish, whole grains, nuts, and water. If you want to shed a few pounds and start putting your health first, contact our expert team today. We won’t burden you with unrealistic goals, but instead, we’ll help you come up with a manageable plan.