Maybe you’ve heard of the Keto Diet. It’s a diet that focuses on getting the body into a state known as ketosis, which makes the body burn fat, rather than sugar, for its energy. Ostensibly, this means that people on the Keto Diet can eat things like bacon and butter readily, and still lose weight while doing so.
However, this begs the question: is the Keto Diet really healthy for you? And does it work for everyone? Today we’re looking at Keto, and whether it’s a good idea for your overall health if you’re over 55.
Does the Diet Work?
Keto works, sort of. The idea is that when your body doesn’t get enough carbs, your liver starts converting your body fat into structures called ketones that can be burned as “reserve fuel.” Originally, this was likely used by early man to make it through times of famine. You can encourage the reaction in yourself to burn your body fat, though results have been mixed.
Studies have found that people on the Keto diet do lose weight, though not often for the reasons they think they will. When you stop eating carbs, your body lets go of a lot of the stored sugars it has bound up with water. As such, you lose a lot of water weight right as you start Keto.
A lot of the weight loss attributed to the Keto diet could also be chalked up to a lower overall calorie intake. Since the diet is so narrow, and so monotonous, people on it tend to just eat less overall. Naturally, this means that most people just lose weight when they’re on the diet, as they’re eating less.
In testing, it’s been shown that keto doesn’t have any distinct advantages over other calorie intake-limited diets that take in a balanced amount of carbohydrates. Carbs are important for you body, so not getting enough of them isn’t advisable for most people.
In short, keto is a tough diet to stick to, and it’s unclear if it has any real health benefits. We’d recommend sticking with portion control and regular exercise for people trying to keep up a healthy lifestyle, especially older Americans!