The name of the diet is derived from the "ketones." Ketones are a byproduct of the breakdown of fats as a source of energy.
The ketogenic diet - Short introduction. A ketogenic diet rich in fats and proteins is deficient in carbohydrates and starches.
- The ketogenic diet was initially used to treat children with epilepsy.
- The Ketogenic diet has gained tremendous momentum in recent years as an effective weight-loss diet.
- The question is whether it is a healthy long-term diet.
- The ketogenic diet is not recommended in the long term. Listed below are the main reasons.
1 Excessive load on the liver and kidneys damages the immune system in the long run.
- The production of vital energy for a body of fats and proteins is possible but at the cost of a heavy load on the kidneys and liver that are forced to remove the decomposition products such as ammonia, uric acids, urea, and ketones.
- Potential side effects may include constipation, high cholesterol, growth slowing, acidosis, and kidney stones. (Wikipedia)
2. It is challenging to feel satiety without carbs.
- We also eat through the eyes. With 75% of the calories coming from fats and oils, the food volume looks low compared to carbohydrate foods.
- A ketogenic menu usually contains very high amounts of animal foods that are primarily industrialized. (Meat, fish, dairy products, eggs.)
- Industrialized & processed foods have far-reaching adverse effects on the human body, including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, etc.
3 Some ketogenic foods with high-fat content may contain trans fats, creating high body toxicity.
4. Reducing the variety of foods allowed for consumption does not let the body get all its nutrients. (Antioxidants, minerals, enzymes, electrolytes.)
5 The ketogenic diet mimics starvation, initially achieving a significant weight loss, which is subsequently inhibited
The production of vital energy for a body of fats and proteins is possible but at the cost of a heavy load on the kidneys and liver.