The High-Fat Ketogenic Diet: To try It or Not?

Diets can range from scarily unhealthy to motivationally great. But there are so many concerns to take into consideration. First off, the word 'diet' alludes to something that is temporary, when in reality, it is a balanced and healthy lifestyle that keeps you on the right track. Secondly, it can be seen as a food fad, where certain foods are incorporated in high qualities, while other healthy ones are left out. It's important to do your research before trying out something new, and in the case of switching up your day-to-day lifestyle, including your diet, it's good to get the facts straight. One of the newest trends in the food world is a high-fat, minimal protein, and zero carb diet called the ketogenic diet. Originally created to treat epilepsy in children, the diet is based on a process called ketosis, where the body is depleted of carbohydrates in order to create energy, since the lack of carbs in the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. Want a simple breakdown? Here are the five facts you should know: 1. Your body needs to make up for the lack of carbs it's consuming. The ketones do this, replacing them as the body’s main energy source. That way, you are running on and burning fat. 2. 80 to 90: This is the approximate percentage of the calories you should consume from fat. The rest, which is very little, should be a combination of protein and carbs. 3. What to eat: High-fat meat including beef, hot dogs ... and bacon. Eat veggies and fruits in moderation,  incorporate nuts and oils, and opt for high-fat dairy like cheese. 4. Along with your body fat being burned off as energy, you can expect to lose water weight, since your intake of water-filled foods like veggies will be low. 5. There are some side effects to watch out for, like weakness, fatigue, stinky B.O. and bad breath. Would you try this diet out? Source: Women's Health  

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