What is the treatment?
Many health conscious individuals are turning towards a Ketogenic diet, in order to lose fat. Also known as a Keto diet, it is extremely low in carbs, thus allowing the body to turn into a machine that burns fat. It is great for individuals trying to lose weight and regain health and activeness.
This type of diet has been in existence for a number of years and was first introduced in 1924. Initially the diet was known to effectively treat epilepsy. But as alternative medication became more effective, the diet has since been known to help reduce weight and increase body performance.
This kind of diet is similar to the Atkins diet as well as the low carb high fat diet, but the main difference lies in the fact that while protein restrictions are practiced in case of the Keto diet, protein intake is allowed in case of the other two types.
This type of diet helps in Ketosis. Thus, as an individual adapts to the ketogenic diet, his body tends to reach the required ketone level (tiny fuel molecules produced in the body), which will then help lose weight and improve physical as well as mental health.
Ketones are known to be alternative forms of fuel, which are used by the body when the levels of blood sugar are less. Produced in the liver, these molecules are made from fat. Thus, the body starts using fat to run, resulting in excess fat loss and the consequent weight loss as well.
How is the treatment done?
The Ketogenic diet aids in ‘Ketosis’ that is the production of ketones in the body, which act as an alternative fuel source. As a result of low glucose level, the body uses these ketones to run effectively, in turn burning fat and resulting in weight loss.
In order to begin a Keto diet, it is best that a doctor or a dietician is consulted first. On the basis of various inputs offered by you, your dietician will first calculate the quantity of food that you need to intake. Thus, information like height, weight, gender, age, fat percentage of the body, daily lifestyle, physical activity and reasons for adopting this specific diet are essential before any recommendations are made.
Once the above information is established the dietician will come up with a diet plant that will have to be followed. Depending on the given personal information, your dietician may recommend any of the following 3 types of Keto diet-
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Most individuals can opt for this type of diet in order to lose weight. It is especially beneficial for body builders.
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
This type of diet is great for individuals who have diabetes, especially those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. But before starting the diet, one has to ensure that he is not on any diabetes medication and is taking in low doses of insulin.
The diet is great for those with blood pressure issues too, but one should consult the doctor before starting the diet.
The diet should be avoided during the period of breast feeding
Are there any side effects?
A Ketogenic diet can lead to dehydration and lower vitamins in the body. Thus, it may lead to side effects like-
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
A number of individuals want to go back to their normal diet once they have lost considerable weight. One can do so, but weight gain is sure to follow. A Ketogenic diet does not really have any fixed time span. It is a type of diet on which a person can live his entire life.
If one chooses to go back to his normal diet, a dietician should be consulted and a balanced diet should be adopted in order to live a healthy lifestyle.
How long does it take to recover?
The effects of the Ketogenic diet may be experienced within a month. If followed properly, it helps in quick weight loss.
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Consultation prices for Ketogenic diet plan range from Rs 500- Rs 2500. The cost of the diet generally depends on the type of Keto plan that is recommended.
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
The diet has to be maintained properly in order to stay healthy and active. If it is not followed properly or discontinue prematurely, weight gain becomes a possibility.
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
The Atkins Diet and the low-carb high-fat diet (LCHF) may be considered as alternatives. These diets allow more protein intake but have the same results as the Keto diet.type diabetes