The ketogenic diet has become quite popular over the last couple of years and I’ve always asked myself if it’s healthy. The first thing that I did was look up the foods that I’m supposed to eat if I embark on this journey. While the list seems to be extremely appealing especially for folks who aren’t vegan or vegetarians, I’m not so sure if it can do me some good. I’ve seen loads of photos of people who have changed their life entirely after starting to abide by the rules of this diet.
The problem is that in school I learned that ketosis is extremely dangerous. This phase happens when the body doesn’t receive the right number of nutrients from the foods consumed by the person. In some cases, ketosis can be so severe that it can lead to death. It’s basically what happens in extreme hunger cases. Some people suffer from sudden drops in blood pressure and have to take medication for it. In my opinion, if your health does not allow you to try the ketogenic diet, you might be better without it.
Another reason I don’t think that this diet is safe is that it focuses on protein and fat consumption instead of healthy carbs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of carbs in general, which means that I don’t eat bread and try to stay away from sweets or processed candy, in any case. However, even a regular tomato has some carbs, and avoiding to consume them altogether is just bad. I know that the ketogenic diet allows you to eat some veggies, but in my opinion you won’t be getting enough fiber and your intestinal transit will be affected.
Besides, you have to restrict your caloric intake because fats have a lot more calories than healthy carbs coming from lettuce, cucumbers, and virtually any other vegetable with a high water content.
In fact, many people starting the ketogenic diet have to deal with hunger and that’s why they have to eat very little in the beginning. I think that is just wrong. If you are used to eating two KFC buckets for lunch, it’s pretty obvious that you’ll be hungry all day long if you try to eat any less. I’m not saying that you should eat the same quantity of food, but it might be a good idea to replace all that fried chicken with something more healthy, like a huge bowl of salad.
On the other hand, eating a decent amount of fat is healthy for your nerves, brain, and other parts of the nervous system. However, this diet doesn’t seem like something I’m willing to try anytime in the very near future. I don’t think it’s extremely healthy.