Facts and Myths About Keto Diet Plans

The ketogenic or keto diet has grown in popularity in the last few years. However, keto diet plans have been in existence for nearly 100 years. The ketogenic diet dates back to 1921 when a Mayo Clinic physician expressed the concept of using a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. The keto diet plan revolves around consuming food items that help the body replicate the fasting state.

Understanding Keto Diet

Normally, the level of glucose in the blood starts to decline several hours after taking a meal. The drop in glucose levels in the blood reduces insulin secretion and causes a surge in glucagon production. Glucagon is a hormone that regulates the levels of blood glucose. It does this by triggering the breakdown or metabolism of glycogen, a stored type of glucose. The metabolism of glycogen enables the body to increase glucose levels in the absence of adequate dietary intake of carbohydrates or glucose-containing foods. Thus, the objective of the keto diet plan is to add a small proportion of carbohydrates to starve the body off glucose and encourage glycogen breakdown.

On the other hand, the purpose of the high-fat diet in a keto diet is to increase ketones and chances of reaching ketosis. Ketosis enables the body to burn excessive fat and reduce appetite levels. The process begins once the body exhausts all glycogen in its stores.

Facts About Keto Diet

There is a lot of information available on the internet and other sources. However, some of this information is not factual and may mislead people who want to try a ketogenic diet.

Keto diet plans accelerate weight loss

The low carbohydrates levels in a ketogenic diet cause a significant drop in blood glucose, prompting glycogen metabolism in the body to increase glucose to sufficient levels. The glycogen stores become depleted, triggering ketosis. Ketosis causes the body to break down fats into ketones to supply energy for physiologic function, contributing to weight loss.

Keto diet plans help treat certain diseases

A Keto diet has been successfully used to manage diseases. For instance, the keto diet is widely used in treating pediatric epilepsy by reducing the duration of seizures and recovery. Keto diets have also been found to be beneficial in managing diabetes due to its ability to improve blood sugar control. The diet may also help manage and prevent Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer.

Foods to include in keto diet plans

The foods to add to a keto diet range in variety and include fatty fish, poultry, unprocessed cheese, avocados, nuts and seeds, eggs, butter, coconut oil, tomatoes, pepper, olives, meat, cream, berries, cocoa, low-carb vegetables, as well as unsweetened tea and coffee.

Myths About the Keto Diet

Occasionally, the keto diet is associated with different myths or misconceptions. Such myths undermine the proper implementation of ketogenic diets and may lead to poor results. One of the most common myths is that the keto diet requires high protein intake. Instead, the consumption of proteins is moderate at best, with high fat intake. There is also a misconception that one can take any fats in high quantities. However, the intake of healthy fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, is recommended.

Keto Diet Safety and Precautions

The adoption of the keto diet is largely safe. However, it might have unintended consequences for some people. For instance, the keto diet might cause kidney stones, constipation, mineral deficiencies, and dehydration. People who have kidney disease or problems should exercise caution or avoid the keto diet because it is likely to exacerbate their condition.

  52 comments for “Facts and Myths About Keto Diet Plans

  1. October 21, 2020 at 10:42 pm

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  4. October 24, 2020 at 2:52 pm

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  10. November 13, 2020 at 11:26 pm

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  11. November 23, 2020 at 9:51 am

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  12. November 23, 2020 at 9:53 am

    SOUNDS AUTHORITATIVE. ARE YOU A NUTRITIONIST OR DOCTOR? ANY REFERENCES AVAILABLE TO CONFIRM YOUR HISTORICAL AND MEDICAL FACTS? A RATHER DETAILED ANALYSIS!!!!! 😀

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    • November 23, 2020 at 10:43 am

      Thank you! I have a background in food science. If you check the article, you will find links (references) to these facts.

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    • January 10, 2021 at 10:44 am

      I doing a PhD thesis on the benefits of ketogenic nutrition on mental health. The first part was looking at the therapeutic effects of ketogenic diets for chronic disease. I could give you a heap of peer reviewed journals if you want to find out more.

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      • January 10, 2021 at 11:48 am

        NO THANKS BUT i AM SATISFIED WITH YOUR ANSWER. i CAME OUT OF COLLEGE WITH TWO BIOLOGY DEGREES MANY MOONS AGO.

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  13. November 30, 2020 at 7:33 pm

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    • November 30, 2020 at 8:16 pm

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  15. kc6500
    December 2, 2020 at 12:24 am

    Thanks for the information! It looks like a great diet to use; I’m especially interested in how it can help with Alzheimer’s. It runs in my family and I am trying to get all of the information I can.

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  16. December 2, 2020 at 12:30 am

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  18. December 14, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    It’s quite an effective diet plan. However, It may lead to bad breath sometimes!

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    • December 14, 2020 at 8:31 pm

      I agree with your sentiment. Keto diet might cause a fruity smell due to increased levels of ketones, particularly acetone. However, the body adjusts accordingly in a few weeks, meaning that bad breath is only a temporary problem in people taking this form of diet.

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  19. December 30, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Very informative!

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