Is Keto Diet Healthy? | Ketogenic Diet Effects

Is Keto Diet Healthy? | Ketogenic Diet Effects

July 26, 2019 6 By William Morgan


– Hi, today we’re going
to talk about whether or not the ketogenic diet is healthy. (upbeat music) First of all, I want you to understand what the ketogenic diet is. It’s basically a very,
very low carbohydrate diet. Usually about 5% of your
calories coming from carbs, 20% from protein, and 75% from fat. It is a fat-based diet. The idea is, is that you’re
going to get your energy from fats. It takes a lot of energy for your cells to actually use fat as an energy source. And, because it it takes
so much more energy and so much more cellular resources, fat energy is very wasteful. You get more toxins from it. And that causes you to go into something called ketoacidosis which you
can measure, in your urine, by checking ketones in your
urine using a urine dipstick. That is how you measure whether
or not you’re burning fat. The problem is it can
be a little bit toxic, so there are side effects
to the ketogenic diet. The number one issue
with the ketogenic diet is what’s called the keto flu. You actually feel like you have the flu. You’re fatigued, you’re
weak, you have muscle aches, that is because of the toxins
and the electrolyte imbalances that occurs when you’re burning fat. It can be caused by dehydration as well, as a lot of water weight
is lost right away, because glucose as an energy source allows you to hold on to more water. The number two issue with a ketogenic diet is that you can develop vitamin
and mineral deficiencies. It can be pretty severe. The reason for that is the
majority of your vitamin and minerals are coming
from vegetables and fruits. You don’t get as many from meats and fats. Now, you do get fat soluble vitamins but you will have water
soluble vitamin deficiencies and mineral deficiencies. The mineral deficiencies are
what causes the most issues because you can develop kidney stones. You can also develop some
bone loss as your body is robbing from your
bones, calcium, phosphorus, boron, different minerals
in order to fuel resources within the cells. It’s really important
that if you do follow a ketogenic diet, that you take a multivitamin mineral supplement because you are not going to
be getting enough minerals and vitamins from that diet. The ketogenic diet is
really a short-term diet, it is not a long-term life plan. Number three, and this is a
big issue for a lot of people, gastrointestinal distress
from the ketogenic diet. The issue there is, again, you get fiber from fruits and vegetables,
and if you’re limiting your carbohydrates to 5% of your diet, you are not going to be eating
enough fruits and vegetables to get enough fiber. You’re going to have to take
some kind of fiber supplement, like psyllium or a soluble
fiber like oat bran, or flax seeds, but some
kind of fiber in order to prevent constipation. You may also notice some maldigestion. We’re really not meant
to eat that much fat, so the pancreas is not
setup to make enough lipase, which is fat dissolving
pancreatic enzymes. It takes awhile for your
pancreas to make enough lipase to try to break down that fat, so the fat just kind of sits there causing quite a bit of maldigestion. You can also get some malabsorption. It takes awhile for your body to get used to a ketogenic diet. And, if you’ve had your
gallbladder removed, it is not a good idea for you
to go on a ketogenic diet. It’ll be very difficult for
you to produce enough bio acids to break up that fat to
get the pancreatic enzymes to then break up that fat, in
order to use that for energy. So, I see the ketogenic diet
as really a very short-term weight loss program. It really was meant for
people that really can handle that high fat load. It is recommended in medicine for children with severe epilepsy. It does help mitigate
the seizures by putting them on super high fat diet. For weight loss, I think
a much healthier diet would be my insulin resistant diet, which is more of a 30% fat, 30% protein, and 40% carbohydrate. It allows your body to get
the vitamins and minerals that you need from the vegetable family, as well as some fruits,
and get enough fiber so that your bowels are
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