A Keto diet or Ketogenic Diet is very high in fat, moderate in protein, and very low in carbs. The Keto macros are 70% fats, 25% protein and 5% carbs.
A few studies have found that keto diets can help with weight loss in the short term, and is the trendiest diet of the year.
But for certain people, going low-carb and high-fat diet could be doing more harm than good.
- Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women
Not only that pregnancy and lactation do not need weight loss, cutting out food groups make it difficult to get all the nutrients that are essential for a healthy child.
- Thyroid Issues
Study has found that carbohydrate restriction will slow our thyroid function. When we have slow thyroid function, it is easier to gain weight and suffer with hair loss, depression, fatigue and higher risk for chronic diseases.
- Digestive Disorders
Low carbs diet also tend to be low in fiber, this may cause people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or chronic constipation to suffer more. Cutting back on high-fiber vegetables, fruits and whole grains can increase risk for constipation.
- Poor Liver Condition
Ketosis can trigger a dangerous condition called ketoacidosis. This occurs when the body stores up too many ketones, a byproduct of burning fat that may increase blood acidity and eventually damage the liver.
- Have Kidney Stones
Ketosis also increase the urinary acidity. This leads to the promotion of uric acid, kidney stones and eventually damage the kidney.
- Underweight or Nutrient Deficient
Low carb diet is a way to starve our body and force it to convert fat as energy fuel. Not only people who are underweight are lacking of fat, they need instant energy in the form of glucose.
The ketogenic diet is quite restrictive. Please consult a registered dietitian or nutritionist for professional advises. They can create a personalized meal plan and weight loss program based on your health and nutrition needs and goals.
Written by: Jasmine Lim
(Love Earth Nutritionist)
[Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics (major) &
Food Science (minor) lowa State University, USA]