Recently, many of my patients have been asking about a ketogenic diet. Is a ketogenic diet safe? Would you recommend it? Despite the recent hype, a ketogenic diet is not something new. In medicine, we have been using it for almost years to treat drug-resistant epilepsy, especially in children. In the s, Dr. Atkins popularized his very-low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss that began with a very strict two-week ketogenic phase. Over the years, other fad diets incorporated a similar approach for weight loss. In essence, it is a diet that causes the body to release ketones into the bloodstream.
A low-carb or keto diet can have many benefits, but not everyone needs to be on one. This guide presents some things to consider when choosing whether or not this kind of diet is right for you. Do you need low carb? Do you have health concerns that a low-carb or keto diet might help? Reducing carbohydrate intake — a little or a lot — can be an important first step in improving a number of health issues, especially obesity and metabolic issues. These health improvements can be achieved often by diet alone, without medications or other interventions that may have serious side effects. If you are already on medication — especially medications that lower blood sugar or blood pressure — or have other serious health concerns, you should seek the support of a healthcare provider when making any significant changes to your diet or lifestyle. Dietary changes can affect other aspects of your life besides health, such as athletic performance, hunger levels, and the time you spend cooking. Although these areas are seldom investigated in scientific trials, many individuals and clinicians learn about these effects when using a low-carb or keto diet for other reasons. Their experiences can help you make informed choices about these issues as well.
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Back to Healthy weight. The idea that “carbs are bad” has left many people confused about carbohydrates and their importance for our health, including maintaining a healthy weight. Carbohydrates a broad category and not all carbs are the same. It’s the type, quality and quantity of carbohydrate in our diet that’s important. There is strong evidence that fibre, found in wholegrain versions of starchy carbs, for example, is good for our health. Carbohydrates are 1 of 3 macronutrients nutrients that form a large part of our diet found in food.