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Being On Keto Diet - Can It Really Help?

Dt. Asritha Vissapragda 89% (291 ratings)
Masters In Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad
Being On Keto Diet - Can It Really Help?

A ketogenic diet, broadly known as the keto diet is popularly known for being a low carb diet, as the body produces ketones in the liver that is used as energy. When we consume something that contains a high ratio of carbs, our body automatically produces glucose and insulin. Glucose is considered to be the easiest molecule for our body to transform and use as energy, thus it can be used as over any other energy source. On the other hand, insulin is manufactured in our body to carry the glucose that is present in our bloodstream to take it all around the body to create maximum energy.

As glucose is generally being used as the main source of primary energy, our fat amount in our body is not required for and thus it is stored. As we can observe in a normal high carb diet, our body uses glucose as the primary source of energy. As we lower the intake of carbs, the body subsequently goes into a state which is known as ketosis. 

Ketosis is considered to be a normal natural process of our system that our body initiates that helps us to survive when food intake is low in our body. During such a state, our human body produces ketones, which are the outcome of the breakdown of fats present in the liver.

Why ketogenic diet is good for you? 

There are many advantages and benefits of a ketogenic diet in our body, from loss of weight to therapeutic activities. The following are some of the benefits of a keto diet:

  1. Weight Loss: This is the most basic benefit for a keto diet in our body. Obesity is never good for one’s health, thus following a keto diet will definitely decrease your body weight and you shall be healthy. The keto diet basically uses our body fat as an energy source, so weight loss is obvious. During a keto diet, our insulin level that is the fat storing hormone in our body drops at a really massive rate which in turn turns our body into a fat releasing or fat burning machine. Thus following a keto diet is essential for your body as it is good for your health. Many dieticians prescribe keto diet to patients who are suffering from obesity. Although it is a difficult diet for a foodie, yet it is very effective.

  2. Blood sugar control: Keto diet controls your blood sugar too, it is more effective than normal low carb diet. With the control of fat in the body during keto, blood sugar stays in control too.

  3. Mental stability: Keto diet helps you to mentally focus on your work. Ketones are known to make your mind sharp as it is a great source of fuel in your brain.

  4. Energy increase: With controlled blood sugar and mental stability, it is evident to have high energy as ketone turns fat into energy in our body.

  5. Hunger back to normal: Keto diet helps in normalizing your hunger too. Sudden hunger will leave your body and mind.

There are few other uses as well such as it helps in acne repair, can be used to treat epilepsy, cholesterol and blood pressure regulation and resistance to insulin. Carbs from vegetables, nuts and diary products are the main source of keto diet. Thus, keto is one of the healthiest diets for a human being to stay fit!

A person on a ketogenic diet should consume more of;

On a ketogenic diet, one should avoid;

  • Fruits: Apples, oranges, bananas, mangoes.
  • Vegetables: Potatoes, tomato, eggplants, mushrooms, yams.
  • Blueberries.
  • Honey, maple syrup.
  • Cereals, wheatcornrice.
  • Avoid processed polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and trans fats.

One needs to drink water at regular intervals of time. Physical activities like exercise, jogging, morning walks are a must.

The ketogenic diet should be low in carbohydrates, moderate in proteins and contain high amounts of fats.

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Does Keto Diet Really Worth A Try? - Know More About The Effectiveness Of It!

Dt. Kanika Khanna 91% (178 ratings)
M.Sc in Food & Nutrition, BSC in Clinical Nutrition & Dietitics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Does Keto Diet Really Worth A Try? - Know More About The Effectiveness Of It!

If you are on a mission to lose weight, the ketogenic diet or the keto diet is what most nutritionist will recommend. It is a diet that is low in carbohydrates. The idea behind this diet is to deprive the body of carbohydrates so that it produces ketones. The body enters a metabolic pathway, whereby fats stored in the liver are broken down to produce ketone bodies. This process of ketone synthesis is known as Ketogenesis. Thus, in the absence of carbohydrates, the body's energy requirements are met using the ketone bodies, a state referred to as Ketosis.

A person on a ketogenic diet should consume more of;

  • Vegetables: Spinach, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, lettuce. Include green leafy and above the ground vegetables as they are low in carbohydrates.
  • Fruits and berries: Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, avocados. Consume raspberries and blackberries in limited quantity.
  • Walnuts, sunflower seeds, macadamia.
  • Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil.
  • Fatty fish, coconut butter, cocoa butter, egg yolk, hard cheese (Cheddar, Feta, Parmesan), soft cheese (Mozzarella, Colby, Monterey Jack).
  • Vegetable oil, if used, should be cold compressed.
  • Include more of saturated and monounsaturated fats into the diet. 

On a ketogenic diet, one should avoid;

  • Fruits: Apples, oranges, bananas, mangoes.
  • Vegetables: Potatoes, tomato, eggplants, mushrooms, yams.
  • Blueberries.
  • Honey, maple syrup.
  • Cereals, wheat, corn, rice.
  • Avoid processed polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and trans fats.

One needs to drink water at regular intervals of time. Physical activities like exercise, jogging, morning walks are a must.

The ketogenic diet should be low in carbohydrates, moderate in proteins and contain high amounts of fats.

Benefits of a Ketogenic diet:

Low in carbohydrates, the ketogenic diet takes care of many ailments and medical conditions.

Weight management: The diet is a blessing for those who are struggling to get rid of stubborn fats. Deprived of carbohydrates, particularly blood glucose, the fats (in the liver), are broken down to provide the body with ketones (an alternate source of fuel) so that the body can function normally. In doing so, it helps the body get rid of unwanted fats.

  1. The diet helps to maintain the insulin level.
  2. A diet low in carbohydrates plays a pivotal role in controlling the blood sugar level.
  3. The high-fat ketogenic diet helps to minimize the hunger pangs and food cravings, without compromising on the energy quotient.
  4. A ketogenic diet goes a long way to treat epilepsy successfully.
  5. In addition to being a fat burning fuel, ketones are also brain fuels. Thus, the diet helps to improve concentration and mental focus.
  6. Carbohydrates can spell doom for your skin. A high-fat (ketone) diet reverses the damage, reducing the instances of acne, skin rashes, lesions and other skin problems drastically.
  7. A keto diet brings about a significant increase in the Good Cholesterol or HDL level while lowering the concentration of LDL in the body.

The ketogenic diet is a blessing, but only when recommended by your physician (nutritionist or a dietician).

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Ketogenic Diet - Know The Advantages & Disadvantages Of It!

Dt. Priyanka Agarwal 92% (92 ratings)
B.Sc.,M.Sc. Dietetics/Nutrition, Post Graduate diploma in diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Meerut
Ketogenic Diet - Know The Advantages & Disadvantages Of It!

If you are on a mission to lose weight, the ketogenic diet or the keto diet is what most nutritionists will recommend. It is a diet that is low in carbohydrates. The idea behind this diet is to deprive the body of carbohydrates so that it produces ketones.

The body enters a metabolic pathway, whereby fats stored in the liver are broken down to produce ketone bodies. This process of ketone synthesis is known as Ketogenesis. Thus, in the absence of carbohydrates, the body's energy requirements are met using the ketone bodies, a state referred to as Ketosis.

A person on a ketogenic diet should consume more of:

  • Vegetables: Spinachbroccoli, kale, cauliflowercabbage, Brussel sprouts and lettuce. Include green leafy and above the ground vegetables as they are low in carbohydrates.
  • Fruits and berries: Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi and avocados. Consume raspberries and blackberries in limited quantity.
  • Walnutssunflower seeds and macadamia.
  • Coconut oilolive oilavocado oil and macadamia oil.
  • Fatty fish, coconut butter, cocoa butter, egg yolk, hard cheese (Cheddar, Feta, Parmesan) and soft cheese (Mozzarella, Colby, Monterey Jack).
  • Vegetable oil, if used, should be cold compressed.
  • Include more of saturated and monounsaturated fats into the diet. 

On a ketogenic diet, one should avoid: 

  • Fruits: Apples, oranges, bananas and mangoes.
  • Vegetables: Potatoes, tomato, eggplants, mushrooms and yams.
  • Blueberries.
  • Honey and maple syrup.
  • Cereals, wheatcorn and rice.
  • Avoid processed polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and trans fats.

One needs to drink water at regular intervals of time. Physical activities like exercise, jogging, morning walks are a must.

The ketogenic diet should be low in carbohydrates, moderate in proteins and contain high amounts of fats.

Benefits of a Ketogenic diet:

Low in carbohydrates, the ketogenic diet takes care of many ailments and medical conditions.

Weight management: The diet is a blessing for those who are struggling to get rid of stubborn fats. Deprived of carbohydrates, particularly blood glucose, the fats (in the liver), are broken down to provide the body with ketones (an alternate source of fuel) so that the body can function normally. In doing so, it helps the body get rid of unwanted fats.

  1. The diet helps to maintain the insulin level.
  2. A diet low in carbohydrates plays a pivotal role in controlling the blood sugar level.
  3. The high-fat ketogenic diet helps to minimize the hunger pangs and food cravings, without compromising on the energy quotient.
  4. A ketogenic diet goes a long way to treat epilepsy successfully.
  5. In addition to being a fat burning fuel, ketones are also brain fuels. Thus, the diet helps to improve concentration and mental focus.
  6. Carbohydrates can spell doom for your skin. A high-fat (ketone) diet reverses the damage, reducing the instances of acne, skin rashes, lesions and other skin problems drastically.
  7. A keto diet brings about a significant increase in the Good Cholesterol or HDL level while lowering the concentration of LDL in the body.

Disadvantages of Ketogenic Diet:

Despite having plenty of benefits, some researches suggest that it's advantages are for a short term only. As per the experts, most of the lost weight through Keto diet is 'water weight', which comes back once you restart your normal diet. Some other disadvantages include:

  • Loss of muscles
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Person entering into starvation mode
  • Makes it even harder to lose weight in future

The above mentioned disadvantages, however, can be avoided if the Keto diet is followed under the supervision of an expert Dietitian & Nutritionalist.

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Keto Diet & Epilepsy - Can Former Help Latter?

Dr. Sonal Kolte 87% (80 ratings)
MSC in Dietetics & Food Science, BHMS
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Nagpur
Keto Diet & Epilepsy - Can Former Help Latter?

Refractory epilepsy, also known as drug-resistant or uncontrolled epilepsy, refers to the condition where drugs and medications fail to control seizures. This means you might have seizures and convulsions despite taking anti-seizure medications. In that case, your doctor may work out a special ketogenic or keto diet chart to bring your symptoms under control.

What is a keto diet?

The ketogenic diet is a special low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, which provides 3-4 grams of fat for every one gram of protein and carbohydrate. Usually, your body uses carbohydrates – bread, pasta, sugar – for fuel. However, since a keto diet is very low in carbohydrates, fats become the primary source of fuel instead. Your body works well on fats (ketones).

What Foods Should You Eat? 

Ketogenic diet primarily involves eating many fats – about 80-90% of the calories you eat should come from fat-rich foods. Your diet will comprise of the following items –

However, you should discuss your diet chart with your doctor/nutritionist to understand if the foods mentioned above will affect your health in any other way.

How well does keto diet work for curing epilepsy?

Several studies state that the ketogenic diet does prevent or reduce seizures in people with refractory epilepsy. Although the diet is well suited for any form of epilepsy, it works best with certain myoclonic astatic epilepsy – Doose syndrome.

More than half of all children following a keto diet have seen a 50% reduction in the number of seizures. Most people, especially kids who strictly follow the diet for at least two years have good chances of becoming free from seizures. About 10-15% of children have been cured of epileptic seizures.

Refractory epilepsy is difficult to live with. You might be facing trouble at school, work, or even at home if the seizures do not stop. A high-fat keto diet can help control the symptoms. The ketogenic diet is tailored to each individual. Since it is low in nutrients, you might have to take supplements for vitamin D, calcium, folic acid, iron, and others. Speak with your dietician regarding the same. He/she will keep an eye on you as you start with the diet to ensure your stay healthy. Do follow up for regular check-ups every 1-3 months to check the progress of your condition.

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I am having fatty liver and ovarian cyst. Please suggest me what all can I eat and what not to eat. How can I cure my fatty liver and cyst. Can I go for keto diet or lchf diet?

Dr. Karuna Chawla 97% (74234 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
Pcod/pcos is a common hormonal disorder in women which can lead to weight gain and irregular periods. While most women depend on pills to deal with it, these simple changes in your lifestyle will help you deal with the condition in a better way. 1. Nutritional approach: deficiency of micronutrients contributes to insulin insensitivity and compromise ovarian function. So, •completely stay away from processed/ refined cereals (which have a high glycemic index or gi). Switch to wheat, rice, jowar, ragi, barley (which have low gi) and enjoy your roti, parantha, pulao, biryani, dosa, poha, upma etc. •eat an adequate amount of lean proteins like dal, milk, eggs, fish, yogurt, cheese, paneer, lassi, sprouted legumes. •include good sources of omega-3 and omega-6 present in nuts, seeds, ghee, olives, coconut etc. Our body needs essential fatty acids for absorption of fat soluble vitamins like a, d, and e. •alpha-lipoic acid improves glucose uptake in cells, promotes weight loss and improves the health of ovaries. It is found in flaxseeds, walnuts, spinach, broccoli, peas, brussels sprouts etc. •micronutrients like selenium, zinc, chromium, magnesium, niacin, and riboflavin improve sugar control and promote hormonal balance. These can be obtained from a variety of whole grains, nuts, green leaves, fresh fruits and veggies, egg, seafood etc. •vitamin b12 is essential to support the function of ovaries. So include dairy (especially curd, paneer), eggs, seafood, and sprouted/fermented items. •calcium in abundant supply helps to overcome premenstrual cramps. •include supplements of above-mentioned nutrients as diet may not provide enough because their requirement is above normal. •most importantly, eat local, seasonal, freshly prepared food items, stay away from food items that have long ingredient lists as they are 'processed' and have a number of additives (preservatives, artificial colors, flavor enhancers et al). 2. Exercise strategies: regular workouts are non-negotiable. They are essential to burn off fat stores for hormonal balance and regular ovulation. You should join a gym for weight training. Do it 2-3 times a week with at least 48 hours in between 2 sessions. Other days you can do cardio exercises like yoga, cycling, swimming etc. 3. Sleep: adequate sleep is non-negotiable too. Sleeping at a more or less fixed time every day and for an adequate number of hours is a prerequisite to keep hormones in sync. 4. De-stress yourself: love yourself more than anyone else, prioritize your health, learn to say no, take time out to exercise and relax. Pursue your favorite activities, learn a new skill, and never ignore your body signals. For more details you can consult me.
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Can Keto Diet Help In Curing Epilepsy?

Dt. Kanika Khanna 91% (178 ratings)
M.Sc in Food & Nutrition, BSC in Clinical Nutrition & Dietitics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Can Keto Diet Help In Curing Epilepsy?

Refractory epilepsy, also known as drug-resistant or uncontrolled epilepsy, refers to the condition where drugs and medications fail to control seizures. This means you might have seizures and convulsions despite taking anti-seizure medications. In that case, your doctor may work out a special ketogenic or keto diet chart to bring your symptoms under control.

What is a keto diet?

The ketogenic diet is a special low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, which provides 3-4 grams of fat for every one gram of protein and carbohydrate. Usually, your body uses carbohydrates – bread, pasta, sugar – for fuel. However, since a keto diet is very low in carbohydrates, fats become the primary source of fuel instead. Your body works well on fats (ketones).

What Foods Should You Eat? 

Ketogenic diet primarily involves eating many fats – about 80-90% of the calories you eat should come from fat-rich foods. Your diet will comprise of the following items –

However, you should discuss your diet chart with your doctor/nutritionist to understand if the foods mentioned above will affect your health in any other way.

How well does keto diet work for curing epilepsy?

Several studies state that the ketogenic diet does prevent or reduce seizures in people with refractory epilepsy. Although the diet is well suited for any form of epilepsy, it works best with certain myoclonic astatic epilepsy – Doose syndrome.

More than half of all children following a keto diet have seen a 50% reduction in the number of seizures. Most people, especially kids who strictly follow the diet for at least two years have good chances of becoming free from seizures. About 10-15% of children have been cured of epileptic seizures.

Refractory epilepsy is difficult to live with. You might be facing trouble at school, work, or even at home if the seizures do not stop. A high-fat keto diet can help control the symptoms. The ketogenic diet is tailored to each individual. Since it is low in nutrients, you might have to take supplements for vitamin D, calcium, folic acid, iron, and others. Speak with your dietician regarding the same. He/she will keep an eye on you as you start with the diet to ensure your stay healthy. Do follow up for regular check-ups every 1-3 months to check the progress of your condition.

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I am doing a keto diet and my dietician advised zma supplements. Since my dairy intake is low, I bought nature's bounty calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin d3 supplement. What should be the ideal dosage for me (women) and when should I take it (post meal or few hours after a meal)?

Dt. Neha Jain 90% (150 ratings)
M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS), Post Graduate Certificate in Diabetic Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
I am doing a keto diet and my dietician advised zma supplements. Since my dairy intake is low, I bought nature's boun...
Hi, it should be always consumed after a meal any time of the day but not with iron supplement if any.
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Reasons To Give Keto Diet A Try!

Dt. Sanchari Majumder 93% (514 ratings)
M.Sc- Dietitics/Nutrition, B.Sc - Dietitics/Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Reasons To Give Keto Diet A Try!

A ketogenic diet, broadly known as the keto diet is popularly known for being a low carb diet, as the body produces ketones in the liver that is used as energy. When we consume something that contains a high ratio of carbs, our body automatically produces glucose and insulin. Glucose is considered to be the easiest molecule for our body to transform and use as energy, thus it can be used as over any other energy source. On the other hand, insulin is manufactured in our body to carry the glucose that is present in our bloodstream to take it all around the body to create maximum energy.

As glucose is generally being used as the main source of primary energy, our fat amount in our body is not required for and thus it is stored. As we can observe in a normal high carb diet, our body uses glucose as the primary source of energy. As we lower the intake of carbs, the body subsequently goes into a state which is known as ketosis. 

Ketosis is considered to be a normal natural process of our system that our body initiates that helps us to survive when food intake is low in our body. During such a state, our human body produces ketones, which are the outcome of the breakdown of fats present in the liver.

Why the ketogenic diet is good for you?

There are many advantages and benefits of a ketogenic diet in our body, from loss of weight to therapeutic activities. The following are some of the benefits of a keto diet:

  1. Weight Loss: This is the most basic benefit for a keto diet in our body. Obesity is never good for one’s health, thus following a keto diet will definitely decrease your body weight and you shall be healthy. The keto diet basically uses our body fat as an energy source, so weight loss is obvious. During a keto diet, our insulin level that is the fat storing hormone in our body drops at a really massive rate which in turn turns our body into a fat releasing or fat burning machine. Thus following a keto diet is essential for your body as it is good for your health. Many dieticians prescribe keto diet to patients who are suffering from obesity. Although it is a difficult diet for a foodie, yet it is very effective.

  2. Blood sugar control: Keto diet controls your blood sugar too, it is more effective than normal low carb diet. With the control of fat in the body during keto, blood sugar stays in control too.

  3. Mental stability: Keto diet helps you to mentally focus on your work. Ketones are known to make your mind sharp as it is a great source of fuel in your brain.

  4. Energy increase: With controlled blood sugar and mental stability, it is evident to have high energy as ketone turns fat into energy in our body.

  5. Hunger back to normal: Keto diet helps in normalizing your hunger too. Sudden hunger will leave your body and mind.

There are few other uses as well such as it helps in acne repair, can be used to treat epilepsy, cholesterol and blood pressure regulation and resistance to insulin. Carbs from vegetables, nuts and dairy products are the main source of the keto diet. Thus, keto is one of the healthiest diets for a human being to stay fit!

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Is keto diet good or bad for the body, do we need to consult a doctor before adopting this diet program.

Dt. Surabhi Jain 93% (3244 ratings)
MSc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
Is keto diet good or bad for the body, do we need to consult a doctor before adopting this diet program.
Hi, thank you for your query. We will be happy to help you. No, I wouldn't recommend keto. It is not good for the longer run. You can easily lose weight with some diet as well as lifestyle modifications. We are here to guide you. For a detailed and customized diet plan, you can contact me. Eat healthy, stay healthy regards.
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I want to start keto diet I am really troubled because i've gained allot of fat. I am 23, male, 5 ft 7 inches and 70 kilos.

Dt. Sweta Gattani 86% (38 ratings)
Diploma in Dietetics, Health & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Jaipur
I want to start keto diet I am really troubled because i've gained allot of fat. I am 23, male, 5 ft 7 inches and 70 ...
Hi lybrate-user! keto is not good for the longer run so search for a diet plan by which you can reduce fat and which makes your health better. We customise plan as per our client. Get in touch for more. Thanks.
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