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Following The Keto Diet? These Are A Few Low-carb Diet Myths You Must Never Believe

By Chandana Rao

If you are someone who has embarked on a journey to lose weight or get fitter, then you would have experimented with various kinds of diets, right?

For example, people who want to build muscle mass consume a protein-rich diet; people interested in losing weight consume a diet which is low in fat.

So, there are a number of different types of diets which are specifically designed for certain health goals and not all diets work for everyone.

In fact, following certain diets, when you are suffering from a specific disease, can prove to be very dangerous!

For instance, if a person suffering from nutritional deficiencies consumes a very low calorie diet, the condition can be made worse.

So, it is very important to learn about the kind of diet you are following and how it can help or affect you, before following them.

Now, keta diet is the latest diet type which many people are following. Here are certain myths about it, which you must never believe!


What Is The Keto Diet?

First of all, to learn about the myths on the keto diet, you must understand what exactly this kind of diet entitles.

Short for ‘ketogenic' diet, this diet method requires people to completely cut out carbohydrates from their daily diets and include foods rich in proteins and fats. The main aim of this diet is to stimulate the body to burn more fat, with the help of proteins, instead of burning carbohydrates! The keto diet has proven to be very successful in aiding weight loss.


Myth #1: It Is A Fad Diet

Many people feel that the keto diet is a "fad diet", which means, it is ineffective on a long-term basis and just helps people see results initially. However, a number of research studies and surveys have proven that the keto diet is very much effective even in the long run, as its requirements are all scientifically tested.

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Myth #2: It Is Hard To Follow

Since a keto diet involves cutting out most of the carbs from your daily diet, such as white rice, bread, etc., which are staples, it may seem like it is really hard to follow. However, just like with any other diet, it will take a while for a person to get used to and then it wouldn't seem too hard!


Myth #3: Only Reduces Water Weight

Since the keto diet does not involve cutting out all fats from your diet and just excludes carbohydrates, some people believe that it cannot actually help weight loss, as it just temporarily reduces water weight. However, keto diet has proven to help reduce the fat content of the body too!

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Myth #4: It Is Bad For The Heart

This is another popular myth that many people believe and feel that a keto diet can affect the heart negatively. However, this myth has no scientific basis or evidence. In fact, since unhealthy carbs are excluded from the keto diet, many nutritionists feel that it is healthy for the heart!


Myth #5: It Only Works If You Eat Less

Unlike certain diets which require people to have very few calories per day, the keto diet allows people to eat the regular amount of calories as per their BMI, with the exception of excluding carbohydrates. So, the keto diet is designed in such a way that, even if you do not starve yourself, you can still see the results!


Myth #6: It Is High In Protein

Just because the keto diet requires people to cut out excess carbohydrates from their diets and add more protein and healthy fats, it does not mean that you are getting the required amount of protein per day. It depends on how much of protein-rich food you are consciously adding to your diet. Many of us may forget to consume enough proteins and increase the risk of deficiencies.

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Myth #7: It Is Healthy For The Brain

Now, many of us do believe that the ketogenic diet is extremely healthy, right? Well, although it is healthier compared to many other diets, it does come with its own cons. When your body is not getting enough carbohydrates, your brain functions may deteriorate and you may experience temporary fatigue, lack of concentration, etc.


Myth #8: It Will Lower Your Ability To Exercise

Now, in the previous point we read that a low-carb diet like keto can lower your brain function and can cause temporary fatigue. However, if you ensure that you are taking in enough protein and minerals through your diet, you must have no problems in performing exercises, as even a number of fitness professionals follow the keto diet!

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Story first published: Saturday, January 13, 2018, 20:00 [IST]
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