Russian women are experiencing a new wave of popularity of the keto diet, the essence of which is the maximum intake of fat and the minimum intake of carbohydrates. According to rumors, they are losing weight with such an unusual diet literally before our eyes. Is the miracle diet so safe, said star nutritionist Margarita Koroleva.
The ketogenic diet was developed by doctors to combat certain diseases: symptoms are reduced in patients even with such severe diagnoses as epilepsy, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. However, people quickly noticed that dramatic weight loss was an unusual "side effect" of this diet. So the keto diet went to the masses.
- It provides 90-95 percent fat or fat-containing foods, only 5-10 percent protein and very little carbohydrates. Of course, with such a diet, a person does not feel hunger, he enjoys food. How is energy spent in this case? Of course, the body still needs it, and since it can no longer get the required amount from carbohydrates, the energy gets from its own fat reserves and the person begins to lose weight quickly. Actually, everyone is "led" to this: I don't feel like eating, and it is tasty to eat, and the kilograms fly away, - explains Koroleva.
The keto diet has many advantages: it improves physical and mental endurance, and decreases hunger, and alleviates the course of certain diseases. Unfortunately, as always, there is one but.
- Quite quickly, somewhere on the 7-8th day from the beginning of the diet, the so-called ketoflu appears: efficiency decreases sharply, fatigue increases, and the smell of acetone from the mouth appears. Gastrointestinal problems may also begin, caused by a lack of fiber and protein. The regular work of the intestines is suspended, so that even dysbiosis is possible. Also, dysfunctions of the pancreas and kidneys are not excluded. The keto diet is especially dangerous for those who suffered from cholelithiasis, the specialist explained.
Further, a person may experience a real series of depressions, followed by irritability. But that's not all: with such a diet, hair can begin to fall out.
- And of course, the craving of people for sweets does not disappear anywhere, many break down precisely because of it and instantly gain all the lost kilograms. By the way, the lost kilograms come back with fat, although during the keto diet a person also loses protein tissue, - the nutritionist notes.
The Queen concluded that before choosing any diet, including a ketogenic one, it is necessary to undergo a thorough examination by a doctor to determine whether a particular diet is right for you. By the way, less than half of the people can sit on the keto diet - this will save not only from disappointment, but also from serious health problems. According to the expert, the choice of diet should be approached like buying a beautiful and very expensive dress, which should not only make you more beautiful, but also fit perfectly, so that you can wear it for a long time and with pleasure.