Throwback to when the internet was raving about Keto as the perfect diet for weight loss  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Just a few years ago, the Ketogenic diet became the most popular diet for weight loss
- People who saw rapid weight loss started to recommend the diet to others, without realising that everyone’s body is different
- Here is a look at why Keto diet became famous, and how it rapidly lost its charm as the perfect diet for weight loss
New Delhi: Weight loss is one of the most common health goals that people have around the world. While there is the concern of vanity, many people only want to be the healthy weight to keep the risk of diseases away. This is because obesity and being overweight is linked with a high risk of many diseases, including chronic ones such as cancer. However, the various activities you undertake in order to lose weight really determine your health. If you starve yourself, or mess with your body with crash and fad diets, or exhaust yourself with hours of exercise in order to lose weight, you are not likely to become healthier. However, it took the world its fair share of time and health effects to realise the same.
It was not long ago when people started to follow weird diets that did rounds on the internet. One such weight loss diet that became super popular among people for its quick results was the Keto diet. The keto diet also called the ketogenic diet, worked on the principle of eating low-carb, but high-fat foods, that helped to burn the stored fat in the body. From models to fashion bloggers – everyone was raving about it. However, the trend soon died down when experts and researchers unveiled the many adverse effects the diet can have.
What were the benefits of the Keto diet?
The Keto diet has its share of benefits. These included rapid weight loss, reduced acne, improved PCOS symptoms in women suffering from the condition, among others. However, the Keto diet was recommended by experts and nutritionists to certain people, who might need the diet. At the same time, as more and more people started to follow the Keto diet, adverse health effects of the popular diet were also unravelled.
What are some risks and disadvantages of the Keto diet for weight loss?
The Keto diet can have some adverse effects on people’s health, especially if they already suffer from pre-existing health conditions. As per a report by Uchicago Medicine, “The keto diet could cause low blood pressure, kidney stones, constipation, nutrient deficiencies and an increased risk of heart disease. Strict diets like keto could also cause social isolation or disordered eating. Keto is not safe for those with any conditions involving their pancreas, liver, thyroid or gallbladder.”
The Ketogenic diet has also been linked to poor mental health, and research found that it may act as a trigger for eating disorders. As per reports, while there is no scientific evidence yet, following restrictive diets such as keto diets can be harmful to people who are at a high risk of suffering from eating disorders. The restrictive nature of the diet can act as a trigger for eating disorders such as bulimia, and anorexia.
While the Keto diet does have a range of benefits, it should not be recommended by people who have followed it and seen some good results. Crash diets and meal plans can cause harm to your body and should only be undertaken in consultation with a nutritionist.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.