Step aside South Beach. Move along Mediterranean. Keto is the diet du jour. Short for ketogenic diet, this eating plan is making waves for its ability to help people lose unwanted pounds without ever feeling hungry.
We know, it sounds like another new eating plan with hordes of believers voicing wild claims. But the ketogenic diet is nothing new. In fact, the medical community has been studying the high-fat, low-carbohydrate way of eating for decades. This also explains why the name sounds so clinical. It refers to a process called ketosis. It happens when our bodies run out of glucose, the brain’s usual source of fuel. Once this happens, we start breaking down fat stores into bodies called ketones to feed our ever-hungry brains.
Unlike some restrictive eating plans, the ketogenic diet actually has some wiggle room. Authority Nutrition highlights four different variations, which allow varying proportions of fat, protein, and carbs. No matter which variation someone chooses, they can expect to eat a lot of meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and nuts. Granted, the ketogenic diet isn’t for everyone. And consulting with your doctor before making any sweeping changes to the way you eat is a must.
Still, it’s hard to argue with some of the research. Time to take a closer look at some of the reasons trying the ketogenic diet may be worth a shot for some folks.