Eating clean to get lean seems to be reaching new levels and one of the latest trends for 2015 is the ketogenic diet.
The ketogenic diet is low-carb diet plan which has been used for medical purposes for many years, specifically to treat or lessen the symptoms of epilepsy. It is growing in popularity amongst bodybuilders and fitness fans however who are focused on strength and conditioning.
So what is the ketogenic diet and is it really a good idea?
The New Atkins
The ketogenic diet works on a basis of eating food high in fat and protein and an almost all-out ban on carbohydrates. Nuts, butter, cream and foods which have fat as their key component are encouraged whilst pasta, bread and sugar are not.
This has a physiological effect on your body, with ketones replacing the glucose as fuel in your body. This move in turn induces healthy weight loss in the body - as opposed to weight loss due to restricting food or not providing the body with enough nutrition.
It can work, it does work and many people swear by it, but the problem with the ketogenic diet is that it has to be done properly or you’re putting your body in serious danger.
Getting the ketogenic diet wrong can result in changes to your blood lipid parameters, which can be seriously unhealthy. It’s a fine balance to strike, which often involves the need to regularly use urine test strips to see the level of ketones in the body.
Getting the Nutritional Balance Right
Despite study after study showing that the best thing for your body is to eat well, everything in moderation and focus on good fats and high levels of fruit and vegetables, there are still more and more of these diets which cut out whole food groups.
Surely the right nutrition and the right level of exercise is the best way to ensure your body gets what it needs and can change for the better.
Honestly, why would anyone do such a stupid diet when so much modern research shows the best thing is just a healthy diet and exercise?
extremely sceptical here! We know that fat doesn't make you fat - but nor do carbs. Eating too much makes you fat and there are no quick fixes.
very sceptical here, I'm afraid. Even the Atkins website now talks about eating complex carbs. Also sounds a lot of faff!
Eugh. Just exercise! That's what we should be doing
Matthew, my bad acne cleared right up too on this sort of of low-carb diet. It's the lack of sugars. Saying that, I really missed fruit and bread.
This is basically the Atkins diet all over again, so yes it's a fad. Saying that, my partner did it a few years ago and it made her feel great, gave her great skin and hair. But she only did it for 6 weeks. Any more and it's probably dodgy as hell.
Another year, another fad diet! If this one was invented to help people with serious medical conditions surely people without these conditions should steer clear?