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Also, when one consumes fatty foods such as avocados, the healthy fats and fiber help regulate blood sugar levels, leading to less cravings and naturally less calories consumed. Long-term Weight Loss: 2. 2/5 StarsOne of the biggest criticisms of the keto diet is people claiming, “it’s unsustainable. ” In research, long-term is considered greater than one to two years. Experts stated there was lacking evidence that indicates sustained weight loss for long periods of time. The keto diet was given a below-average ranking for this category. Counter: There are several short-term (less than two years) studies showing weight loss in those who follow the keto diet. In research, it’s extremely difficult to do any long term, diet-controlled studies due to lack of compliance. Irrespective of the diet, you can imagine controlling subjects for several years is a difficult task for any researcher to do. That being said, there are several long-term studies showing a positive benefit for the ketogenic diet. One study found that 66 obese individuals with high cholesterol were able to lower their weight and cholesterol levels with a ketogenic diet over 56 weeks.
”  All of the studies analyzed were greater than 12 months in duration. Lastly, even reducing your carbohydrate intake to less than 20% has shown to have sustainable weight loss even 44 months later! For individuals starting a keto diet in the 1990’s, adherence to the diet was likely a lot harder as options were a bit more limited. Today, you can “ketofy” nearly anything from pizza to desserts so it’s much more sustainable and the research shows the weight loss is maintained. Nutritional Completeness: 1. 6/5 Stars Rated as “extremely incomplete” in the nutrition category, panelists had concerns about the saturated fat content. One expert explained that ‘any diet that recommends snacking on bacon can’t be taken seriously as a health-promoting way to eat’ and another added that the keto diet is ‘nutritionally unbalanced and likely difficult for most people to stick with long-term, which means that any weight loss will likely be regained. ’Counter: The experts continue to parrot the same talking point of too much saturated fat. Like with any diet, the way in which one chooses to approach the diet will cause significant variation of outcomes. For example, one can say she is vegan by living off soda, French fries, and egg-free baked goods. The same goes for keto—while keto can technically be achieved through copious amounts of bacon, and Big Macs without the bun, it’s not commonplace. Most keto dieters enjoy a variety of nutrient dense foods that don’t purely fall into the pork or red meat category such as wild fish, green vegetables, avocado, berries, and nuts.
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Within just six weeks of being
on a ketogenic diet, researchers found that the “ketogenic diet does not have a deleterious effect
on cardiovascular disease risk profile and may improve the lipid disorders characteristic of atherogenic dyslipidemia. ”  Not only may it not have negative effects on your heart, but it might significantly help. As mentioned in this review article, “At low concentration, endogenously produced ketone bodies upon uptake of a ketogenic diet or supplemented ketone bodies (or their precursors) may prove beneficial to ameliorate endothelial function and, consequently, pathologies in which endothelial damage occurs. ” We are going to have an MD speak on this exact topic at our upcoming Global Virtual Keto Summit. Make sure you don’t miss it!Managing or Preventing Diabetes 2. 6/5 StarsThe panel of experts stated that preventing
or controlling diabetes with the keto diet was minimally effective. One expert went as far to say that the ketogenic diet isn’t safe for those with diabetes. Ironically, the explanation in the article did include the disclaimer that research has proven that decreasing carbohydrates can help with the disease. Counter: Of all the areas for these experts to lend support to a low carb, ketogenic diet, this should be the one. The data is OVERWHELMINGLY clear that a ketogenic diet can not only help prevent diabetes but actually has been shown
to reverse it. Despite the fact that the CDC still recommends that those with type II diabetes consume 225 grams of carbohydrates per day, doctors are speaking out against this recommendation as it keeps patients on the vicious cycle of diabetes medication requiring carbohydrates to prevent hypoglycemia, followed by needing the medication for insulin that is released after the consumed carbs.