What's the "Real" on Ketogenic Diets?

The Ketogenic diet is the new wave trendy diet every social media outlet has embraced. Why? Because they sale you the idea of rapid weight loss, reduced glucose levels for diabetics, reduced total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol and overall better health. Let’s break down what the ketogenic diet is and what the long-term effects of the diet consist of.

The Ketogenic diet is a very low carbohydrate diet with a maximum of 30 grams of dietary carbohydrate per day. It can also be looked at a revised version of a low carbohydrate diet because they share some of the same characteristics.

With the Ketogenic diet you are told to avoid the following carbohydrate rich foods such as the following:


Starchy vegetables (corn, peas, potatoes)

Legumes, Beans, Lentils

Whole grains (Bread, pasta, rice)

You are told to use these foods as a foundation for your eating pattern:

Meat (animal protein in general) and Eggs


Leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables

Nuts and seeds

Vegetable oils

Deciding to go on a Ketogenic diet has many negative physiological effects on your body that will create negative effects long-term. This type of eating habits will force your body (muscle and liver) to use fatty acids as a primary “Energy” fuel source for your brain and your body. However, your brain cannot function well with using fat as a source of energy only glucose. Your liver then starts to release ketone bodies as an emergency backup fuel for your brain or ketosis.

The Ketogenic diet was originally developed to reduce side effects of epilepsy. Over half the population with epilepsy, who successfully obtain the ketogenic diet; see an improvement with little to no seizures. There are five variations of the ketogenic diet that have been published in medical literature as an effective treatment for epilepsy, cancer, and Alzheimers. The differences among all five diets are the macronutrient ratios. All ketogenic diets include high fat, adequate protein, and low carbohydrates.

Traditionally, physicians offer the Ketogenic diet as a form of treatments to those battling epilepsy after two or more anti-seizure medications have shown no progress. The Ketogenic diet improves epilepsy in over half of those who try it. It is important that those who carry out the diet are monitored closely by a physician and ketogenic dietitian to prevent risk of DKA (Diabetic Keto-Acidosis). DKA is a complication where the body produces excess blood acids (ketones), and often resulting in hospitalization.

So if you are tempting to try this trendy diet, first understand that long term complications arise from any eating pattern that is not balanced.

March 2018 Quote:

"Live Well. Long Long. Live Healthy."

Jasmine Westbrooks & Whitney J. Wilkins

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