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Is Keto Right for You? Pros and Cons of Ketogenic Diets

Is keto right for you? The internet and women’s magazines are crowded with diet options for people looking to lose weight quickly. One that’s gained traction is the ketogenic diet, or keto for short. Like Atkins and many other successful weight-loss regimens, this diet is based on eliminating carbohydrates, pushing the body into a state near starvation, without actually starving it. It originated not as a weight loss solution but as a therapeutic treatment for epilepsy. By limiting carbohydrate intake to 20-50 grams per day, this diet puts the body into a state called ketosis. Without carbs, the body does not have enough of its normal energy source, glucose, to stay in operation, so it burns stored fats, resulting in a buildup of acids called ketones in the body. Essentially, you’re forcing your body into starvation mode without actually starving yourself. That sounds extreme because it is, and the ketogenic diet is not without its drawbacks. Here are some of the pros and cons of eating keto.

PRO: Reduced Insulin and Inflammation- The all-important hormone insulin, responsible for shuttling energy-giving glucose from the blood to the muscles and tissues, causes inflammation in the body when you have too much of it in your system. The keto diet decreases your levels of insulin, since there’s far less glucose in need of transportation, and thus cuts down on inflammation, which can be extremely painful in some cases… Continue Reading>>>>