Are Ketogenic Eating Plans Right for You?

Dr. Amy Lee, Chief Medical Officer at Lindora Clinic, explains ketogenic eating plans and provides tips that will help you find the one that’s right for you.

The ketogenic (keto) diet is getting a lot of attention lately because it’s a proven and effective way to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. With all of this hype, how can you find out which eating plan is right for you?

What is Keto?

Ketogenic diets are eating plans that put your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. During Ketosis, your body burns stored fat for fuel rather than glucose, which is typically provided by carbohydrates. By reducing carbohydrate intake over a period of time, your body shifts into ketosis and burns stored fat for energy. After this weight loss typically follows.

We recommend the following when selecting a ketogenic eating plan:

Tip One: Avoid eating plans that focus on extremes.
Any plan that radically restricts your calorie intake is not healthy. Avoid zero carb plans or those that severely restrict your daily calories. Also, stay away from plans that promise uber quick weight loss results.

Tip Two: Choose a balanced eating plan that incorporates a variety of foods.
Be wary of plans that only focus on one or two food groups. Instead, look for plans that include a variety of different foods to ensure you’re getting the macronutrients from things like proteins, fats and complex carbohydrates. Be sure the eating plan also includes the micronutrients your body needs, like vitamins and trace minerals.

Tip Three: Pick a plan that has you eating on a regular schedule.
The answer to losing weight is not starving yourself. Find a plan that allows you to establish a regular eating schedule where you’re eating every couple of hours.

Tip Four: Consult a physician before starting any ketogenic diet.
Everybody is different and we all respond differently to different types of food. You want to make sure to discuss your eating plan with a medical professional, who through lab work and exams has an informed understanding of your particular nutritional needs.

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