A ketogenic diet is a low-carb high-fat diet, which is popular among athletes and average people. This diet is based on the process called ketosis. This is a process when your body is starved of glucose for fuel and must look for fat sources instead. Normally, you fuel your body with glucose in the form of carbohydrates found in flour, grains, veggies, legumes, dairy products, and fruits. And here’s what happens to your body when you go on the ketogenic diet:
A new large study suggests that too many carbohydrates, especially the refined, processed kinds of carbs, in the diet, not fats, may raise the risk of premature death. The study also finds that eating fruits, vegetables, and legumes can lower this risk.
The study, led by Mahshid Dehghan, an investigator from the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Ontario, included participants from 18 countries from across the world.
The study finds that people with a high fat intake of 35% of the daily diet had a 23% lower risk of premature death and 18% lower risk of stroke compared to people who ate less fat. Meanwhile, a high-carbohydrates diet with average 77% carbs was associated with a 28% increased risk of premature death.
When people try to lose weight, they usually exclude carbohydrates from their diets. This is usually extremely painful, and in some cases even impossible. Moreover, it is all wrong according to Leslie Langevin, MS, RD, CD, of Whole Health Nutrition. She recommends eating complex carbs as they give you energy and fill you up, and avoid refined carbs made with white flour.