There is a lot of buzz doing the rounds about Keto Diet. Wonder what’s it all about?

Keto Diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. This dietary plan entails minimizing your carbs intake and increasing your fats intake to get your body to use of fat as a form of energy.

After about two to seven days of following this eating routine, your body enters into ketosis. Ketosis is a bodily process wherein it starts producing ketones in the liver to produce energy. Ketone is a type of organic compounds that your body uses in place of those missing carbs.

The ketogenic diet is helpful for people who suffer from seizures disorders. Keto Diet induces ketones and decanoic acid that help in minimizing seizures. The ketogenic diet essentially uses your body fat as an energy source – so there are obvious weight loss benefits. While on the keto diet, your insulin (the fat storing hormone) levels drop greatly which turns your body into a fat burning machine.

Studies even show that the ketogenic diet is a more effective way to manage and prevent diabetes compared to low-calorie diets.

Having penned down the benefits of following the Ketogenic Diet, one cannot turn a blind eye to the cyclicity aspect of this diet plan. Keto Diet must not be followed indefinitely, rather it should be followed in cycles of weeks and/or months in a structured schedule. Due care should be taken in charting out a plan whilst adopting the Ketogenic diet as it alters the bodily function of the person. One should alternate between adopting the Keto Diet and then get back to their normal diet.

With its infinite benefits, the Keto diet is beneficial in the short run, when followed by a structured & goal-oriented approach.

By Sukriti Tripathi