Can You, Should you Keto?
The Keto Diet with its extremely low intake of carbohydrates can effectively reduce weight gain, however, comes with certain risks.
A Keto-styled diet has been around for decades, similar to the (Atkins Diet), the focus is on a very low carbohydrate intake and an abundance of high fat and some protein. Those who follow the plan can choose what percentage of fat and protein to ingest, while keeping true to a very low carb meal plan. The Keto diet has been shown to be effective in reducing body weight, and studies indicate that it may have beneficial effects on diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. A strict following of the diet results in the body becoming highly efficient at using a person's body fat for energy, thus reducing body weight in most individuals. It is however, considered by most, to be a short term solution to reducing body weight, and comes with some rather serious risks, suggesting that a better balanced mixture of carbs, fat and protein is best for long term health.
A recent article from the Harvard Medical School provides an overview of how Ketosis works within the body and the potential side effects and risk of using Keto as a dietary remedy for weight control.