Is The Keto Diet Bad For You? Dangers Of The Low-Carb Diet – Health News Today

Maurishire Akabidavis, 26, stumbled into the keto diet the way most people did in 2019—on the internet and in conversation with friends.

The low-carb, high-fat eating plan had been touted as a successful weight loss method by celebrities like Halle Berry, Kourtney Kardashian and Vanessa Hudgens. “What is keto” was even the second top searched health question on Google last year.

Like the product of any echo chamber, Maurishire quickly became convinced that she should join the masses. “I have always wanted to lose weight and for as long as I can remember I’ve always had no idea how to do that,” she told Women’s Health. The keto diet seemed like a great way for Maurishire to finally take control of her eating habits. It provided strict guidelines that left little room for deviation and had a widely-known reputation for rapid fat loss. But one year later, Maurishire is among the many ex-keto dieters to express dissent for the highly restrictive eating plan.

A typical ketogenic diet focuses on cutting down carbs and upping your fat intake to force your body to use fat as a form of energy, says Scott Keatley, RD, of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy. The eating plan usually looks something like this: 60 to 75 percent of your calories from fat, 15 to 30 percent of your calories from protein, and 5 to 10 percent of your calories from carbs. This means you’re eating no more than 50 grams of carbs a day, but many people drop down to as little as 20 grams.

Within the first week of being on the low-carb diet, your body will be operating on such little sugar, that it has to start gobbling up fat for energy instead, Keatley explains.

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For many people this leads to dramatic fat and weight loss (and good for them!). But other dieters and experts warn that the keto diet is simply not sustainable long term and is often accompanied by some not-so-fun side effects (think: sluggishness, brain fog, low energy, and more).

So, is the keto diet really a good idea? Well, that depends.

You could end up yo-yo dieting.

Jenna Jameson, once one of keto’s biggest fans, recently opened up about the challenges of the diet. She began keto in April 2018 and reportedly lost 80 pounds. But by late 2019, she’d suddenly stopped posting about her results. “I decided to take a break from #keto and live my best carby life,” she wrote in an Instagram post, admitting to her followers that she had gained 20 pounds. “The weight came back fast and furious. I know a lot of people are quitting keto because it’s hard to maintain, and after a year and a half I concur. Not sure if I’m going to go back full force or just calorie count,” Jenna wrote.

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