Watch: Is The Keto Diet Sustainable?

Several questions have been raised over the sustainability of this diet. Various studies and trials have demonstrated its effectiveness, but lack of awareness about the diet may cause more harm than good.

Sushmita Sengupta  |  Updated: January 07, 2020 17:26 IST

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Watch: Is The Keto Diet Sustainable?

Ketogenic Diet requires you to cut down on your carb intake

Highlights
  • Ketogenic diet has become a rage in the world of health and nutrition
  • Ketogenic diet is a low-carb diet
  • Many experts have raised questions over Keto diet's sustainability

Much has been said about the Ketogenic Diet. In the last decade, it has earned much traction in the world of health and nutrition. Since it became a rage among many celebrities worldwide, the popularity of Keto Diet scaled new heights. But many health experts and nutritionists have been pretty vocal about their reservations with the diet too. Ketogenic Diet requires you to cut down on your carb intake. The diet is dense in fats and protein. Our body uses blood glucose derived from carbohydrates as the primary source of energy. By limiting carbs, you compel the body to look for other sources. In Keto Diet, our body begins to depend on fats for energy. Our liver then begins to use the stored fats to produce ketones for energy, which ultimately results in weight loss. Ketogenic Diet was originally found beneficial for epileptic kids, but later it was found to have positive effects for weight loss and diabetes control as well.

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Several questions have been raised over the sustainability of this diet. Various studies and trials have demonstrated its effectiveness, but lack of awareness about the diet may cause more harm than good.

Yo-Yo Diet is considered to be another very effective, but not very sustainable by many nutritionists.

Embracing a balanced diet that is more sustainable over long term should contain unprocessed fats, vegetables, lean meats, fruits, whole grains, olive oil and lots of water.

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To address the criticism meted out at Ketogenic diet, an upgrade to the diet hit the circuit. The keto 2.0 is considered to be more sustainable as it includes more fibre, according to our consultant nutritionist Rupali Datta. She also said that, other than saturated fats and animal fats, Keto 2.0 allows healthier fats like olive and peanut oil. Avocado, nuts and seeds are also some of the healthy keto-friendly foods. Amount of insoluble fibre was also increased, making the diet slightly more sustainable
 

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