|Ketosis Diet | Ketogenic Diet | Keto Diet
by George Pierce
The Ketogenic Diet is a diet designed to treat hard to control epilepsy in children.
How does the Ketogenic Diet work?
The principle of this diet is to create a high level of ketones in the blood which is known as ketosis. The Ketogenic diet is high in fat and low in carbohydrates which promotes fat burning instead of carbohydrates. When carbs are burned they are converted into glucose, but low carbs means that the liver converts fat into ketone bodies and fatty acids. These ketone bodies replace the glucose as energy for the brain which leads to a reduction in epileptic events.
The Ketogenic diet was created in the 1920's, but its popularity waned in the 1930's with the introduction of anti convulsive drugs. In the mid 1990's, Jim Abrahams, a Hollywood producer, whose son's seizures were controlled by this diet, set up the Charlie Foundation to promote the Ketogenic Diet.
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A reduction in epileptic seizures in children
It has been shown to help depression, migraine headaches, autism, polycystic ovary syndrome and diabetes mellitus type 2 in small case studies.
In animal studies it is believed to have benefited ALS, Alzheimer's Disease, and Parkinson's Disease and has even been suggested as a cancer treatment.
The Ketogenic Diet has some side effects.in children.
Short term side effect:s
Constipation is common.
Low grade acidosis
Hypoglycemia if there is an initial fast
Long term side effects:
In adults, common side effects are:
Higher cholesterol levels
Menstrual irregularities in women
The Ketogenic Diet is NOT a balanced diet and only contains small amounts of fruit and vegetables. Although this diet does have a side effect of weight loss, long term use creates an adverse effect on bone health and a probability of kidney stones. When comparing these side effects to the side effects of an anti convulsant for an epileptic child . the diet should win. When comparing this diet against other 'healthy' diets that are easier to follow, we feel that the Ketogenic Diet loses.
As a weight loss diet, I give it a thumbs down!
FYI: There are many other diets that might suit you better, just to name a couple that are similar but safer, would be a modified Atkins Diet.
Thank you fro reading, my friends, I wish you success with your weight loss quest.
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Is the Keto Diet Safe?
The answer to the safety of this diet depends on who you ask. Most experts seem to agree that this diet is not harmful, but critics claim that the Keto Diet is unhealthy and dangerous.
Since the diet is an intentionally 'extreme' low carb or no carb diet, you should proceed with caution.
Doing anything to the extreme may not be your best choice. Of course, there are other low carb options that are less extreme and seem to be just as effective.
In defense of the Keto Diet
In a study by Dr. Gianfranco Cappello of over 19,000 people (19,036 patients) which observed long and short term results of Ketogenic enteral nutrition as a treatment for obesity, the findings were "No significant adverse effects were recorded except asthenia and constipation which were easily controlled with therapy."
Another important finding in Dr. Cappello's study is that over the long term which was about 11 months (362 ± 296 days), he found a mean weight regain of 15.4%.
The study concluded:
"Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition treatment of over 19,000 patients induced a rapid 10% weight loss, 57% of which was Fat Mass. No significant adverse effects were found. The treatment is safe, fast, inexpensive and has good one-year results for weight maintenance."
Although this is only one study, it was based on a large sampling of people and a substantial amount of time so the results should be reliable.
Your best diet choice is to find the one that fits you best. Is this extreme version of a low carb diet a good fit?
If yes, add it to your list of choices, if no, use our website resources and our site wide search box to keep looking.