Ten Fun Facts about the Keto Diet

Ten fun facts about Keto you may not know..

  1. The keto diet was created in the 20’s as a treatment for seizures.
  2. The keto diet was made popular when a Hollywood celeb was featured on TV in the 1990’s demonstrating how this diet controlled his sons seizures when medications could not. This diet became the rage for everything including weight loss even though it was never studied or intended as a weight loss diet.
  3. Carbohydrates (including fruits and veggies) need to be restricted to 50-60 grams a day in order for ketosis to occur.
  4. When glucose (blood sugar) drops to low enough levels- over the course of the first few days- the body turns to fat as an energy source for the brain.
  5. The liver converts fat to ketone bodies which can then be used by the brain as energy.
  6. In the short term ketosis can result in low blood sugar, high cholesterol, fatigue, fruity breath and feeling not so hot.
  7. In the long term the keto diet can result in bone loss, kidney stones and vitamin deficiencies.
  8. The weight loss effect of ketosis maybe from appetite suppression by ketone bodies but more data supports that appetite is controlled by the high amount of protein that is consumed.
  9. Long-term weight loss studies are lacking so we don’t really know how keto effects metabolic health over the long run.
  10. Low-carb high protein diets appear to be more successful than low fat diets for weight loss but does that mean that super low-carb ketotic diets are necessary for weight loss? Probably not!

Consider high protein without nixing the good carbs – fruits, lots of veggies and high quality complex carbs like beans and grains.  But the white stuff like rice, pasta, refined breads and cereals? Feel free to get rid of those. Let’s face it-we are not gaining weight because of the quinoa and garbanzo beans.  But those donuts someone keeps bringing to the office? yup, those are the carbs we should be afraid of.

 

In good health,

Dr. Adrienne Youdim MD FACP

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