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Cytotoxic ketogenic diet: understand how it works and lose weight

Cytotoxic ketogenic diet: understand how it works and lose weight

Everyone knows the ketogenic diet, a diet in which you consume a small amount of carbohydrates, leading the body to a process called ketosis. An interesting fact in this diet modality is that it generates in the patient a decrease in hunger. This is due to the high consumption of proteins (nutrients that end up releasing more hormones from satiety). But this does not mean that hunger will not exist.

However, there is a mode called "cyclic ketogenic diet," in which people intervals periods of ketosis with moments of carbohydrate consumption, which may occur within a day or two .

Does the cyclic ketogenic diet lose weight?

Of course, this diet causes the patient to lose weight. but weight loss is attributed to total calorie restriction and not to carbohydrate restriction. But since this type of diet generates a reduction in hunger, it helps the patient to follow it for about two to three months.

Obviously, simple carbohydrate consumption should always be reduced for those who need to lose weight, but an eating plan should contain all the nutrients and foods that the patient already had as habit, it is no use following a food plan that is not enough for the organic recommendations and do not generate full happiness in the act of eating. Even if the patient is happy that he has achieved a good weight loss result he is not feeling complete and he will certainly fail to follow this restricted eating plan and probably the weight will return.

It is important to note that it should only try to slim down people who really need to lose weight - we can not just ignore that what we are witnessing in the media is the cult of thinness, this happens daily and because of that there are many health risks. Being too thin is not synonymous with health, on the contrary. So if you have been advised to lose weight by a health professional, seek a nutritionist and an endocrinologist and just follow this type of weight loss modality if it is indicated by a duly regulated professional at your competent body. that the loss of 10-15% of the weight in individuals with obesity grade 1 or overweight is enough to improve their health, especially those patients who, in addition to being overweight, already have some comorbidity.

There are risks in the cyclic ketogenic diet ?

The problem is that in body physiology we should never deprive ourselves of carbohydrates. In normal individuals (without the presence of any disease) the ideal is that the consumption of 50 to 60% of the total caloric intake is attributed to carbohydrates. This nutrient contributes to energy function and without it the body initiates a catabolic process in search of energy, thus favoring the decrease of lean mass and formation of ketone bodies, which can cause seizures, extreme fatigue, generalized fatigue and mental confusion. For physical activity practitioners (who comprise most people who follow the fad diets), glycogen stores last an average of one day after training, after that period there is a marked degradation of muscle mass. In non-active individuals, stocks can last up to two to three days. However, when this nutrient is restricted from the diet in a few hours, the process of muscle degradation in both cases begins, and this favors the risk of injury even in non-active patients.

In my opinion, healthy people should not follow this type of dietary plan, it is associated with a large intake of saturated fats, which increase the risk of developing heart disease, hepatic steatosis, some types of cancer among many other diseases). This dietary modality should only be used by people with neurological diseases as in the case of epilepsy, but even in these cases there is a medical / nutritional supervision to prevent cholesterol levels from going too high.This dietary pattern (carbohydrate restriction) has been used in diets for weight loss for years (it started with the Atkins diet in the 1960s and became well known in the 1970s). In a retrospective analysis of the population, this search for weight loss began at the same time, where we observed a large increase in the consumption of processed foods, which in turn contributed to the increase in caloric intake with foods rich in simple carbohydrates and saturated fat, for this reason there is such lipophobia and carbo- phobia.

Over the past 50 years, the population has been increasing in weight and more and more diets have been found to control this effect. But what we observe is that these dietary modalities end up generating anxiety and irritation in the patients, and this begins if the compensation mechanism, which some "experts" mistakenly call binge eating.


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