The Keto diet may be one of the most popular weight loss trends of late, but experts say it isn’t the answer. They note that this diet, which requires consuming a large amount of fat and protein and fewer carbohydrates, won’t help the body maintain weight loss over time. Learn why before making any changes to your Phentermine 37.5mg plan.
The idea with the keto diet is to force the body into ketosis, which uses fat as the main fuel form instead of carbs.
"I wouldn't recommend the keto diet to anybody," Jeffrey Mechanick, medical director at Mount Sinai Heart's Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Clinical Cardiovascular Health, told USA TODAY.
Keto diets require lowering your intake of fruits and vegetables, which concerns health experts.
"That's where I get a little concerned about the keto diet," Vasanti Malik, adjunct assistant professor of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told USA TODAY.
"You want to be mindful, because these foods – whole grains, fruits and vegetables – carry a number of beneficial nutrients – vitamins, polyphenols, fiber – that have been shown time and time again to be beneficial for cardiometabolic health."
The body breaks down muscle and tissues in addition to fat on the Keto diet since it no longer has carbs to utilize.
"In theory, the keto diet basically mimics starvation," Mechanick said. "If you don't eat carbohydrates but you eat an excessive amount of fat and protein, you're still going to waste tissue. Tissue is still going to burn off."
"I don't feel particularly comfortable telling people to reduce intake of things that we know offer benefits for health," Malik added.