World Diabetes Day: Why a Ketogenic Diet May Be Ideal for You

Next While research is still being conducted, studies show that ketogenic diets can lead to a substantial improvement in controlling blood sugar and insulin levels and also a decrease in the occurrence of epileptic seizures, with the diet being viewed as an alternative to pharmaceuticals and their side effects. Other studies have shown that ketogenic diets help in the shedding of weight around the abdominal area (no more beer belly), and have a positive impact on areas like cholesterol levels, blood pressure and brain functioning, including combating chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. You also lose weight like crazy.

While we’ve discussed the advantages of the ketogenic diet, it’s not all a bed of roses. Many people, when beginning the regimen, suffer from ‘keto flu’, which includes symptoms like listlessness, lack of energy, insomnia and digestive complaints ranging from constipation to diarrhea. Fitness and gym freaks may experience loss in muscle mass as well as finding their workouts far more exhausting. Kidney stones are also a distressingly common side-effect of the keto diet and people might have to take mineral and vitamin supplements to off-set the lack of carbohydrates and other nutrients.

Experts say that the body grows accustomed as time goes by, and followers report subsequent increase in energy and fitness levels after an adjustment period.

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