What is a Healthy Ketogenic Diet?
The Ketogenic Diet occupies a unique place in nutrition science across the world in the sense that it has the largest number of devotees and the largest number of critics at the same time.
The unfortunate truth is that both camps – pro and against – are RIGHT! The school of thought that vehemently advocates the Ketogenic Lifestyle has undoubtedly experienced the sheer transformational power of this diet – both physical health parameters.
The camp that thinks that Ketogenic Diet is an unhealthy fad is also right (in some sense) – The Ketogenic Diet can indeed have harmful effects BUT only when it is improperly and carelessly executed.
The opposition of a Ketogenic Diets is actually an opposition of an improperly executed Ketogenic Diet.
The experienced ILL EFFECTS of a Ketogenic Diet are actually the ILL EFFECTS OF A BADLY EXECUTED KETOGENIC DIET.
As an example, consider any tool of common use – like a kitchen knife. A knife makes life easier in the kitchen. It is a great tool when used properly.
In several cases, the improper and careless use of the knife might end up cutting and bruising you – Do you then blame the knife or improper usage?
It is the same for the Ketogenic Diet or for any other diet for that matter.
Improperly using a diet ends up people hating the diet and propagating misinformation and fear.
The speciality of a Ketogenic Diet is that its not another diet for weight management or weight loss. It’s a powerful transformational paradigm that helps in chronic condition management and reversal.
Doctors generally prescribe Ketogenic Diet to Type-I Diabetics.
A HEALTHY KETOGENIC DIET helps in reversal and management of chronic conditions like Thyroid, PCOD, Type-II
Epilepsy, Metabolic Syndrome, Glycogen Storage Disease, Autism, Parkinson’s Disease, GLUT1 Deficiency Syndrome are some other examples of chronic conditions that
People who oppose the Keto Diet, think that a Ketogenic Diet is about mindless consumption of fats – bacon, ghee, oil, meats etc. However this could not be farther from the truth. In fact one should try to stick to a vegetarian Keto as long as possible and consume healthy fats (polyunsaturated) – not any fats.
In fact, most people who reap benefits from a Ketogenic Diet in weight loss do not even hit Ketosis at all – they just lose weight because they quit sugar, maida, colas and other junk in their effort to hit Ketosis.
A Balanced Ketogenic Diet
The basic tenets of a balanced Ketogenic Diet are as follows:
- Restrict Carb Intake (Refine Sugar, Maida, Junk Food, Colas, Juices all have high Carb content)
- Increase Healthy Fat Intake (Nuts, Seeds etc. )
- Moderation in Protein Intake
- Electrolyte Intake (Minerals replenishment)
- Calorie Deficit
If you analyse the 5 points above, you see that they are pretty intuitive pointers for a healthy diet. You can reap the benefits of the Ketogenic Diet without even hitting Ketosis. People with an extreme case of a chronic condition only requires Ketosis.
Depending on the way it’s done, Ketogenic Diet could be Beneficial or Detrimental.