The Truth about the Latest Diet Trend*

As long as people have wanted to lose weight, there have been special dietary trends that claim they can help people do just that. Fad diets come and go, but there are a few things that always stay the same. There are people who want to lose weight, and claims that say they can help you do it quickly, and with little actual changes to your overall lifestyle or dietary preferences. The latest of these dietary trends is the keto diet, and it has received a lot of press that is both positive and negative, but what is the keto diet all about? And can it actually live up to the hype that is marketed about this popular fad diet?

What is Keto?

The Keto diet is based on some of the same principles that have dominated fad diets for the past 30 years. In fact, the Atkins diet actually used the same scientific approach when it demanded 2-weeks of intense dieting for rapid weight loss before settling into a more balanced eating plan.

The keto diet promises rapid weight loss if you can cut all sugars out of your diet. This means cutting out all carbohydrates, everything from rice to bread and all else that comes in-between, as well as the traditional sources of sugar. Doing so pushes your body into a state of ketosis, which causes you to burn fat quickly.

Without all those carbs to eat, how are you supposed to feel full? One of the reasons some people are attracted to the keto diet is for this exact reason. Once you cut out the carbs you can literally eat as much as you want of other foods. That means you can load up your plate with bacon and steak and every other protein source imaginable to fill you up.

However, those foods are typically loaded with more than just protein—they have a lot of fat. For this reason, the keto diet is not always recommended for people with existing health issues, especially cardiovascular issues.

Sometimes the keto diet can be used as a short-term approach to lose weight prior to weight loss surgery, but in other situations, the increase in fats could lead to health consequences. Talk to your weight loss doctor before making any changes to your diet.

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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.