Protein has a higher thermic effect than fat or carbs with 20-35% compared to 5-15%. High protein intake can drastically boost metabolism and increase calorie burning to the tune of 80-100 more calories burned daily!  One impressive study showed the high-protein group burned 260 more calories daily compared to the low-protein group, which is equivalent to about an hour of moderate-intensity exercise each day. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a form of diabetes that specifically affects pregnant women. GDM is the most common pregnancy complication with over 200,000 cases diagnosed every year and accounting for two to 10 percent of all pregnancies. Luckily, this condition can be treated with small dietary changes. What is Diabetes?When you think of diabetes, you probably think of insulin injections or eating too much sugar, but it’s much more complicated than that.
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Overall Ranking: 2/5 StarsThe experts placed the keto diet in the bottom half in all but the short-term weight loss category primarily because of the diet’s emphasis on fat-rich foods. One expert noted, “This diet is excessively high in saturated fat. ” In addition, the diet was falsely stated to be low in fiber and calcium. Counter: The keto diet is higher in fat-rich foods as the metabolic state of ketosis uses fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates which will help your body turn into a fat burning machine. While it could be higher in saturated fat based on how one employs the keto diet, it may not necessarily be the case. Even if one’s keto nutrition plan is higher in saturated fat, recent research shows that mortality from cardiovascular disease does not decrease with the reduction of dietary saturated fat.  In fact, studies show that replacing saturated fat with carbohydrates is associated with an increase in cardiovascular disease risk. The American Heart Association suggests that total dietary fiber intake should be 25 to 30 grams per day, while the average American consumes only 15 grams per day. While the keto diet typically allows for no more than 50 grams of total carbohydrates per day, most of the allotted carbohydrates come from fibrous carbohydrates. For example, one can consume a cup of cooked spinach, two cups of chopped romaine lettuce, two cups of cooked broccoli, and ½ cup of raspberries in one day to achieve a total of 46 grams of carbohydrates, and whopping 24 grams of fiber. More fiber is likely to be added by way of other keto-friendly foods such as nuts, seeds, avocado, and dark chocolate.
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Counter: While we agree that keto is a fast and effective strategy for weight loss
, it should have received an excellent rating (not just average) in this category. Studies show that following a ketogenic diet is superior in inducing weight loss in patients with obesity. The induced weight loss is rapid, intense, and sustained until at least two years. . While we’re focusing on short-term weight loss for this category, these findings of sustainment
for ‘at least’ two years indicate that keto may also produce long-term results. Further, studies done studies done in obese men found significantly greater weight loss over a four-week period when subjects were
allowed to eat “ad libitum” or as much as they wanted when they were eating keto vs a moderate carb diet (-6. 34 kg vs 4. 35 kg).  Additionally, a paper published in Nature found that subjects assigned to a “low calorie” (500 – 1000 calorie deficit) still didn’t lose as much weight as subjects on a ketogenic diet. After four months of eating a keto diet, 85% of subjects lost >10% of their body weight while only 17% in the low-calorie group accomplished the same.  Not to mention, their HA1C levels dropped by nearly a point in the ketogenic diet group which was significantly better than the low-calorie group, only in the same time period.