Ketogenic Diet

Many diets have advised about, and a lot of health experts agree: Do not eat foods that are high in fat. The consequences include gaining bad cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease, and weight gain. However, other people look at fat in a more health beneficial way.

The gist

Apparently, a diet involving a lot of fat, high amounts of protein, and very low carbohydrates can actually aid in weight loss. Called the Ketogenic Diet, it aims to put the body in a state of "ketosis" in order to use ketones as a primary source of energy instead of glucose. Ketones are gained in the body by fat being broken-down in digestion.

Our bodies normally run on glucose, but that compound can only be stored within 24 hours until is used up. Once all of the glucose is consumed by your body, it then turns to stored fat as its source of energy. It thus makes perfect sense to keep the body in ketogenic state in order to be in a constant state of burning fat, which is why even some bodybuilders use the Ketogenic Diet to gain chiseled physiques.

The Ketogenic Diet was first used to treat children with epilepsy because, for still unknown reasons, bodies in ketogenic state prevent seizures making it an alternative treatment to seizure-controlling medication.

This eating program follows strict rules. Calories must be monitored in order to remain consistent with 80% fat and 20% protein. This also ensures that you are not getting more than enough calories needed for your body to function.

The diet also eliminates carb-loading foods like sugar, grains, bread, cereals, rice, and pasta. Meanwhile, you can have your fill on tuna salad prepared with full-fat mayonnaise, cheesecakes, and omelets.

The paperback copy of "The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Children and Others with Epilepsy" is available at $24.95, although expect the price to decrease during the holidays.

Advantages and disadvantages

It does sound enticing that you are eating more fat to burn more body fat. However, taking a Ketogenic Diet needs constant medical attention with a dietician or a physician. Being a high-fat diet, it can put a strain on your liver and kidneys, which is why kidney and gall stones are common side effects. Also, just because you are burning body fat does not mean you are burning off cholesterol and decreasing triglyceride levels.

You also need to note that the Ketogenic Diet could not be used as a long-term solution for weight loss, as even children suffering from epilepsy only adopt this diet for a maximum of two years because of the health complications involved.