Keto Diet: Pros and Cons

Keto Diet: Pros and Cons

 After several celebrities appeared on social networks confessing to following it, the Keto diet or Ketogenic diet is on everyone's lips again. It seems to be an effective diet but difficult to follow, and which neither nutritionists nor doctors like, because it changes the natural functioning of the metabolism.

  We are going to explain what the Keto diet consists of, as well as its pros and cons, so that you have all the information you need before deciding whether to follow it.


  The Keto or ketogenic diet changes the way our body obtains the energy necessary to function. Most of it comes from carbohydrates, which are metabolized into glucose. The Keto diet consists of reducing the consumption of carbohydrates as much as possible, in order to force the body to carry out a process called ketosis, which consists of extracting energy from the fat that we accumulate.


   It is an effective diet, because by not ingesting energy through carbohydrates we force the body to burn fat to obtain it, but at the same time we deprive essential organs such as the brain of the energy it needs through glucose, as well as essential nutrients that are in fruit, vegetables and cereals, foods that cannot be consumed when a Keto or ketogenic diet is carried out.

The ketogenic diet has a series of advantages over other diets due to its particular way of understanding food. But don't forget to also check the cons...

 It's True, you Burn Fat

Since the basis of the diet consists of receiving energy only through meals that contain fat and protein, you effectively burn fat, both the ones you consume and the ones you have accumulated in your body. There are people who have lost quite a few pounds by following this diet.

It's Tasty, and it's Satisfying

  Most of the foods consumed in the Keto diet are foods rich in fat and protein: meats, nuts, eggs, cheese, avocado, oils, certain types of seeds, etc.

It is a tasty diet that also requires a small amount to satiate.

Controls Blood Sugar

Reducing glucose intake to a minimum helps keep type 2 diabetes at bay, but always under medical supervision.

 Reduces Stomach Inflammation

The Keto diet has been shown to reduce inflammation of the stomach, further promoting volume reduction.

 It Can Reduce Blood Pressure

It is an indirect effect, but it happens if the Keto diet is effective: by losing weight, the blood pressure associated with obesity is also reduced.

 Cons of the Keto Diet

Like other out-of-the-ordinary proposals, such as the Dukan diet, ketogenic diets cause a lot of controversy and are not recommended by many doctors and nutritionists.

 It is Not a Balanced Diet

On the contrary, the Keto diet seeks to achieve an imbalance: minimizing the consumption of carbohydrates and increasing the consumption of fat. From a nutritional point of view this is not recommended, because fruits, vegetables and cereals do not only contain carbohydrates, but many other essential nutrients.

It is not a diet to be followed for long periods of time, because it has a significant deficit of vitamins and minerals.

 It is difficult to follow

Eliminating fruit, vegetables, sugar and cereals from a diet can be very hard for many people who are used to eating these types of foods.

 It Raises Cholesterol

Since most of the foods consumed in the ketogenic diet are saturated fats, cholesterol levels can skyrocket. It must be monitored.

 It Causes Dehydration

The process of burning fat for energy, called ketosis, changes the composition of the blood, making it more acidic, which causes dehydration. You have to hydrate yourself a lot.

 Health Problems

Organs such as the brain, nervous system or red cells feed on glucose, which is obtained by metabolizing carbohydrates. Replacing them with fat can affect cognitive performance, as some scientific studies have shown. In addition, in many cases the body reveals itself against this diet, and begins to obtain protein from the muscles, thus reducing muscle mass. That is why many diets of this type combine the consumption of fat with protein.


In summary, if you intend to follow a Keto or ketogenic diet, always under medical supervision.


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