Keto diet = bone loss & early death

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The ketogenic diet has been extremely popular because people can lose weight and still get to eat their favorite meats, and more fats, even animal fat. This high fat, medium protein diet, works, because it cuts carbs. Only 50 grams per day from any type of carbohydrate is permitted. To put that into perspective, that’s about one small serving of pasta, or one banana and one slice of bread.

The negative side effects reported from a ketogenic diet include: dehydration, headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, constipation, kidney stones, high cholesterol, inflammation, unhealthy gut bacteria, nutritional deficiencies, low blood sugar, bone loss, heart disease, cancer, and early death (1).

A healthy diet should make you feel good, increase good gut bacteria, decrease nutritional deficiencies, stabilize blood sugar, increase bone density, and reduce the likelihood of diseases. In other words, the ketogenic diet is unhealthy!

The only reason the keto diet works is because fewer calories are eaten since carbs are taken out of the equation. Any diet that reduces calories, will result in weight loss. I’m all for reducing unhealthy carbs, like sugar and processed foods (cereal, chips, crackers, cookies…etc.) but fruit and starchy vegetables (beets, carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, squash, peas…etc.) not only have fiber and lots of wonderful nutrients, they also fight cancer.

Toss that keto diet book in the trash along with butter, processed goods, flour and sugar. The key to losing weight is to reduce calories and increase activity, which you can do by tossing out junk foods, eating smaller portions, increasing fibrous foods, and limiting oils.

You can do anything you want to, but you have to get your mind to agree to it, for your body to change.

 1. Source: “7 Keto Risks to Keep in Mind.” Healthline Nutrition. On-line. Retrieved Apr 1, 2020. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dangers-of-keto-diet?slot_pos=article_1&utm_source=Sailthru%20Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=authoritynutrition&utm_content=2020-04-01&apid=25408240#The-bottom-line

 

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