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We have previously spoken about Ketogenic diet (also called as ‘Keto Diet’), how it works, how this low-carbohydrate diet regime helps in weight loss for women and men alike. But just like most of the fitness trends and fads there are lot of myths related to the keto diet too and here we will clarify all the points and misconceptions.

10 things people say about low-carb diets that are not correct.

  1. Low carb diets are hard to stick to
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Scientific fact is:-

Low-carb diets are not harder to stick to. These diets reduce hunger and more people in the low-carb groups make it to the end of their diet plan.

2. Low Carb Diets Exclude Food Groups That Are Essential

Scientific fact is :-

There is no actual need for foods like grains in the diet. We can get all the nutrients from other foods in greater amounts.

3. Low Carb Diets Lead to a State Known as Ketosis, Which Causes Harm

Scientific fact is :-

Ketosis is a completely natural phenomenon that has nothing but positive effects and it is NOT to be confused with ketoacidosis, which only happens in uncontrolled diabetes.

4. Low Carb Diets Are High in Saturated Fats and Therefore Dangerous

Scientific fact is :-

Eating saturated fats or cholesterol is not harmful in any way. This is a myth that has been proven to be completely false.

5. Low Carb Diets Are Not Proven to be Safe in The Long Term

Scientific fact is :-

Studies showing health benefits of low-carb have gone for as long as 2 years. Populations that have eaten low-carb, high-fat diets for long periods of time are in excellent health.

6. Most of The Weight Loss on Low Carb Diets is Water Weight

Scientific fact is :-

In the first week of low-carb eating, a lot of excess water is shed from the body. After that, the weight is coming from body fat stores.

7. Low Carb Diets Lead to Deficiencies in Vital Nutrients

Scientific fact is :-

Low-carb diets allow for plenty of nutritious non-vegetarian foods and vegetables, which provide all the nutrients necessary for humans.

8. Low Carb Diets Don’t Supply Carbs That The Brain Needs to Function

Scientific Fact is:-

The body can produce all the glucose it needs from proteins and fats if it isn’t getting any from the diet.

9. Low Carb Diets Raise Your Risk of Heart Disease

Scientific fact is:-

Low-carb diets actually improve all biomarkers of health much more than the low-fat diet still peddled by the mainstream.

10. Low Carb Diets Are Not Proven to Work

Scientific fact is:-

Low-carb diets do not need any exceptional weight loss foods and yet they are the easiest, healthiest AND most effective way to lose weight and reverse metabolic disease like diabetes. It is a scientific fact.

The Ketogenic Diet is a blessing, but only when recommended by your physician (nutritionist or a dietician).

  • Neha Suryawanshi
    Dietitian & Clinical Nutritionist

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