Keto Diet Least Healthy for 2018
Plant-based diets are predicted to be a huge trend in 2018. Vegetarian and vegan diets are the top trends according to International meal delivery service Just Eat, and now, according to new Dietary Guidelines for 2018-2020, the less restrictive Mediterranean diet will be recommended to those in lieu of the Keto Diet.
Keto Diet More Harmful Than Helpful
For years, the Keto diet has been the go-to diet suggested for obese patients, heart patients, and diabetics. However, according to the latest findings, the keto diet is keeping people sick by causing fatty liver, and by fueling cancer.
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What Does The Keto Diet Do?
With the keto diet, your body converts fat, instead of sugar, into energy. Keto is short for Ketogenic. The Ketogenic diet is a short-term, low carbohydrate and high-fat diet that puts your body into a state of ketosis or ketoacidosis. Once your body enters ketosis, you begin to lose muscle, become extremely fatigued, and eventually enter starvation mode. It actually becomes harder to lose weight.
In stark contrast to the low carbohydrate, high fat keto diet, the updated dietary guidelines for 2015-2020 recommend a high carbohydrate, low-fat diet. Such a diet should include:
- Higher amounts of fresh fruit daily.
- A large variety of vegetables. These should include lettuces, dark leafy greens, cucumbers, celery, red peppers, oranges, peas, potatoes, squash, cruciferous vegetables and more.
- Whole grains, if you’re not sensitive to them.
- Lower animal protein and more legumes (beans and peas).
- Low fat non-dairy yogurts and nut milk in moderation.
- Olive oil, avocado, and coconut oil used sparingly.
The following foods should be avoided:
- Refined sugars (Sugar from fresh fruit is preferred)
- Animal (or saturated) fat, trans fat, canola, vegetable, corn and sunflower oil.
- Excess sodium.
If you don’t know how to begin a plant-based lifestyle for 2018, it is always a good idea to consult with a certified holistic nutrition professional to begin food eliminations and transition to eating more plant-based foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables and more.