SHOULD PEOPLE FOLLOW THE KETO DIET LONG TERM?
The ketogenic diet was originally introduced in 1920. Studies suggest that there are definite short-term benefits of a high-fat ketogenic diet. Sugar and highly refined foods are killing us! It is estimated that in the United States alone approximately 300,000 people die each year from obesity-related diseases.
It has been found that a sugary diet is the root cause of various chronic diseases of the body and it accelerates aging. This is cause be a reduction of the amount of antioxidants in the body. Sugar consumption is positively associated with cancer: tumors are known to be enormous sugar absorbers.
There are many already healthy individuals adhering to it who may find problems in the long run from a less varied diet. Once your condition has improved, it won’t hurt to widen your menu. When cycling in and out of this diet you can still eat healthy – no processed foods but sweet potatoes, lentils etc are okay.
We know how controversial this issue can be. In a 2004 study, 83 obese patients confirmed that it is also safe to use a ketogenic diet for a longer period of time. The study included the additional micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals) which were given to each subject in the form of one capsule per day.
This is important to know about long term advantages because of all the health issues that can be addressed. A link between low fat diets and osteoporosis has been suggested. Very low fat diets are considered to be low in calcium content. Women on low fat diets excrete most of the calcium they consume; therefore, they are more prone to osteoporosis. However, a high fat diet can rectify this situation.
People are going Keto because they feel better on it. Keto is useful for treating a disease, like epilepsy (children go from 4 seizures a week to 1 a month on a keto diet) or obesity and reversal of diabetes type 2 and a clear complexion without acne! It has been further shown that a ketogenic diet could act as a mood stabilizer in bipolar illness.