Everywhere you look lately you see keto-diet this and keto-diet that!
But is the keto diet bone healthy?
First, let’s look at the keto diet.
A ketogenic or keto diet is high in fat (75%) and protein (25%) and low in carbohydrates (5%).
By severely limiting the glucose the body needs for energy, it causes a metabolic state called ketosis. This forces the body to burn fat as fuel, which produces acid build-up. The body eliminates most of these acids through the urine. But if more acid builds up than the body can process, ketosis can quickly turn into a life-threatening condition known as ketoacidosis.
Keto diets try to balance the amount of protein, fats, and carbs to keep the body in ketosis without crossing that line.
The diet is strict. It eliminates all sugars, grains, and most fruits and vegetables. People following a keto-diet plan eat healthy fats such as eggs, fish, olive oil, avocados, and nuts—along with butter, beef, and poultry. The rules of the diet limit vegetables to leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower.
Some people follow a keto diet for fat loss, weight loss, or an increase in muscle mass. After their bodies adjust to ketosis, they plateau. The weight loss benefits stop, but other negative side-effects may continue.
Things you should know before you jump into a keto-diet lifestyle.
If you want to try a keto-diet, talk to your primary care provider and a nutritionist to make sure you are receiving the right amounts of vitamins and minerals your body needs to function and produce new bone.
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