It’s the age of diets with fancy names. We’ve all heard of Keto, Paleo, intermittent fasting and so on. But what do they mean and why is it such a fad?
The term ‘Carbohydrates’ has, of late, become a bad-word. And surprisingly, ‘fats’ aren’t shunned any longer. This is the basic mantra in the world of Keto too. Keto diets are low-carb, high-fat diets that come with benefits such as speedy weight-loss and prevention of diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and some other diseases. It involves reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing the intake of fats and proteins. It induces a state of “ketosis” in your body, where the absence of carbohydrates leads to fat being burned for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which helps supply energy for the brain.
Types of Keto diets
There are various types of Keto diets, like the Standard Ketogenic Diet, Cyclical Ketogenic Diet, Targeted Ketogenic Diet and the High-Protein Ketogenic Diet. Each variation is adopted by different kinds of people, based on their requirements. The more intense versions of the diet are followed mostly by body-builders and athletes.
Benefits of Keto diets
The keto diet was initially designed to help people who suffered from seizures because ketones help minimize seizures. But as more people adopted the diet, they realized that the elimination of carbohydrates leads to weight loss. And loading up on fats also meant no cravings, like in most other diets, which made it easier to sustain, and dramatic weight loss.
The main reason for the popularity of Keto diets is the fact that it helps you lose weight. Those on Keto are known to have lost 3 times more weight than any other diet.
Keto diets also help bring improve insulin sensitivity making it a great way to fight and cure Type 2 Diabetes and pre-diabetes.
When it reduces insulin levels, it also helps fight polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Ketosis brings down fat levels, which helps lower HDL cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood sugar, which are all linked to heart disease.
It helps fight epilepsy – the reason for which it was initially invented.
Keto diets have also been linked to curing cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and many more.
Tips to sustain the diet
The key to sticking to a Keto diet is to find a replacement for carbs. Replace mashed potatoes with vegetables. Stick to meat instead of rice portions. Eat burgers without the buns. Replace any possible carbs with either fish or eggs. The best part? Extra cheese!
You also needn’t exclude tea from your diet while on Keto, because Ausum Tea has a range of non-milk teas for you to try! And we’re not talking about Green Tea blends alone. Herbal teas, or tisanes, contain no caffeine or tea leaves and are made from dried fruits, flowers or herbs. Turmeric and Peppercorn, Blue Pea and Chamomile, Banana Nut Bread (banana, nuts and vanilla) and After 8 (spearmint, apple and fennel) are some common favourites.
Side effects of Keto
There are also some side-effects known to be associated with the Keto diet. Keto Flu, for instance, is a common thing that many people experience as soon as they switch to the new diet. For detailed information, speak to a nutritionist and work out a meal plan that bests suits you. And most importantly, don’t forget to exercise!
The Keto diet has been raved about and adopted by many celebrities too. But what’s most important is to listen and observe your body when starting any new routine and adjusting to it accordingly. Don’t stress yourself to follow Keto if you aren’t able to adapt to it. And always remember to consult an expert first.