VALDOSTA – A keto diet, or ketogenic diet, is one that severely restricts the intake of carbohydrates. This would include any type of sugar, including honey, and breads, pastries, white rice and pasta. When the body doesn’t have circulating blood sugar from the consumption of carbohydrates, it begins to break down fat stores.
Possible Benefits of the Keto Diet
Since a keto diet causes the body to use its fat stores, it’s not hard to understand why this type of diet could lead to weight loss. There are a number of other possible benefits from this kind of diet plan:
It may reduce seizures in children
May improve blood sugar levels for those with Type 2 Diabetes
These complications probably occur because the body and brain prefer to use glucose as a source of energy, not ketones. However, just as with anything else, there needs to be a balance. The ketone diet may be followed for a period of time and then alternated with a diet that has an increased amount of carbohydrates.
A very high intake of protein over the long term may result in kidney problems in some individuals. Those with significant kidney disease should probably avoid the diet altogether. As with any diet plan, it’s a good idea to discuss it with a physician before starting it.