What You Never Knew About the Keto Diet

What You Never Knew About the Keto Diet


hi guys it’s dr. Jen and I’m back with the be your own doctor health series because well sometimes you just got to be your own doctor today we’re talking about the keto diet that’s right that diet that you keep hearing about left and right is it good is it bad what should you know what don’t you know well we’re gonna break it down but first here’s a little history this is something a lot of people don’t know the keto diet was actually initially used by physicians and researchers to actually help lower the number of epileptic seizures in kids yeah this type of diet can actually help with that as well as potentially other brain conditions interesting huh okay so you asked what exactly is the keto diet what do you eat when you’re on keto well the diet actually is very low in carbohydrates so that’s low in sugar there’s some protein but not a lot and a lot of fats that’s makes up the majority of what the keto diet is about in terms of fruit and vegetables there’s some fruits and some vegetables there so only certain ones that you can eat and the way that it works is that the body instead of using sugar as fuel that’s the carbohydrate sugar remember we’re only eating a little instead of using sugar as fuel it actually uses what’s called ketones which is a byproduct of fat metabolism so your body goes right to metabolizing the fat instead of stopping and metabolizing sugar first that’s how it works so you ask does the keto diet work most people who do keto many of those who do keto are doing it to lose weight will it help you lose weight actually yes okay the science works it adds up okay the way the body works and how it metabolizes things you will very likely most likely lose weight if you follow this regimen but should you do it that’s the other question okay we talked about yes it will help you lose weight but sometimes this can be a tricky diet to stick with first of all you’re eating lots and lots of fats very little carbs certain vegetables and fruits and relatively low protein it can be tough to stick with and let me tell you some people have lots of side effects they feel dizzy they might feel nauseous vomiting they might have increase exercise stamina and remember you might feel a little fuzzy in the brain why because your brain needs glucose that’s what your brain metabolizes but there are other things that may happen as well I be honest with you as a doctor and as a family doctor I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this diet to people who have had serious heart problems or coronary artery disease this diet can raise the bad cholesterol the LDL and also for diabetics you got to be very careful because if you’re eating very low carbohydrates you’re gonna have to be careful with your diabetic medications there are also other potential risks right it can overtaxed the liver or the kidney it can let me see him taking a look at my list Oh nutrients that’s the other thing you hear me always talking about the importance of a well-balanced diet and I say this as a family doctor because I want you to get your fruits and your veggies and your lean proteins and your and your your carbs and things like that why because we need vitamins and minerals and if you’re spending all your time eating lots of fat very little carbs certain vegetables and low protein you may not get those in the other thing I should say is that yes we’ve used this diet as I mentioned before in kids who have had seizures epileptic seizures and it’s worked for that and we know that it will help you lose weight if you can stick with it but one thing we don’t have is we don’t have a lot of long-term studies a lot of long-term data so we don’t know how this does and how it affects the body a long time down the road so the big question you’re asking is should you try it should you jump on the keto bandwagon well my answer is it depends right for many people who are healthy and have very few if no underlying health conditions it might be something reasonable to try for weight loss again we don’t have a lot of long-term studies so we don’t really know how it works long-term I would say certain medical conditions or if you’re not sure you should really check with your doctor but understanding that with any diet and with any regimens there are potential pros and cons and I can’t help but say it as your friendly family doctor I do want you to get all your nutrients I do think fruits and vegetables and lean proteins and meat and grains whole grains are very very important but if you choose to do keto your doctor says it’s okay I’m all for it and it might just help you lose weight I’m dr. Jennifer Caudill family physician and host of the be your own doctor series thank you so much for joining me and stay tuned for our next episode

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