It seems like everywhere you turn, you hear someone talking about the keto diet to lose weight and burn fat. While there are numerous books and websites that claim to have the “best” keto diet plan out there, it’s important to talk to your doctor first.
If you have type 2 diabetes or another medical condition, you should consider losing weight under medical supervision. Changes in your body could affect the way your medication works or could put your health at risk. If you’re not sure whether you have type 2 diabetes, you should check with your doctor to find out. Many people who have obesity also have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, which can lead to diabetes.
At Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute, patients receive medical supervision when they’re on a ketogenic diet.
There are many versions of ketogenic diets. Most prohibit foods rich in carbohydrates. In general, keto diets suggest 70 to 80 percent of your calories come from fat with 5 to 10 percent carbs and 10 to 20 percent protein. Staying on this type of diet plan pushes the body to use fat as its primary fuel.
Many people on a keto diet say they have a smaller appetite and fewer cravings. Staying on keto diet can be challenging. Some people feel irritable, tired and have constipation and headaches when they severely restrict carbs from their diet. Many of these symptoms subside after a week or two.
Aside from accelerated weight loss, a keto diet can offer other health benefits, including:
- Healthier cholesterol levels – When you lose weight, you may also lower your cholesterol. Cholesterol is also affected by excess glucose in the diet. As you eat fewer carbs and sugars, your body has less glucose.
- Lower blood pressure – Excess salt consumption leads to fluid retention, which can increase your blood pressure. However, a low carbohydrate diet is naturally diuretic and helps to stabilize blood pressure.
- Better blood sugar control – On a ketogenic program, the pancreas no longer has to produce excessive levels of insulin to maintain a healthy blood sugar rate.
- Liver protection – One out of three people with obesity has fatty liver disease. Excess fat stores around the liver can inhibit its function and lead to liver failure. A ketogenic diet allows the liver to dump extra fat.
- Reduced body inflammation – During nutritional ketosis, your kidneys will filter the body’s excess water.
Learn more about medically supervised weight loss programs at Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute.