What Is The Ketogenic Diet, And Should You Do It?
Unsustainable diets tend to have one thing in common: They restrict the foods that normally keep you feeling full and recommend limp alternatives that leave you with lingering cravings. If you tend to make a beeline to the vending machine every afternoon, the fast-growing list of devout fans of the ketogenic diet say it might be the answer. The ketogenic diet, also called the "keto" diet, is hardly new, but it's started to swell in popularity—last year it was the fifth-most searched diet on Google. "The ketogenic diet is too often viewed as simply a sugar elimination diet … but really, it is a low-carb diet [that] drastically reduces the foods that turn into sugar in the body," says Maria Emmerich, author of The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse and The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners. In essence, pasta and bread are out, and vegetables and filling, high-fat foods are in. "Even a less intense, modified version can help you reap the keto diet's benefits," says Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS. "By limiting sugars and processed grains, you lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. Eating an array of heart-healthy fats can decrease your risk of heart disease," he explains. Curious? Here's everything Continue reading >>