The diet makes the body to use fats instead of carbohydrates for energy
The keto diet is a strict high-protein, adequate-carbohydrate diet which in common practice is used mostly in parallel with an active lifestyle. The child’s weight usually stabilizes for some time, as the body slowly adjusts to not having the main source of its energy, i.e. ketones or keto-carbs. As the body gets used to ketosis, further weight loss will take place and eventually the child will probably be seizure-free.
There are, however, some cautions regarding the use of the ketogenic diet as a weight loss method. The ketones produced by the body, even if they are metabolized into glucose, can produce the feeling of being full very quickly. And since the main source of glucose is glucose, when there is less glucose in the diet, the person will experience the same symptoms as if he/she has used less carbohydrates for energy.
The ketones can have the effect of confusing the pancreas with its own signals
In addition, for people who are already having type 2 diabetes, a ketogenic diet can cause a disturbance in their carbohydrate absorption and utilization. The ketones can have the effect of confusing the pancreas with its own signals about the amount of carbohydrates in the diet. People with type 2 diabetes usually need a lot of carbohydrates in order to have the energy for daily activities. A lack of carbohydrates in the diet may lead to the weakness and shortness of breath among diabetic patients. This is because, even though there is still enough glucose present in the blood to provide fuel for the body, the amount is insufficient.
Although there is no evidence to support this, some dieters have reported incidence of kidney stones and gallstones. One study that was conducted in Japan did find a connection between low-fat diets and high cholesterol levels. Although the results of this study were not significant, these are the results that some dieters consider important. Since a diet low in fat can increase the cholesterol levels and the level of triglycerides, therefore, it is possible that a low-fat diet can increase the risk for cardio-related health problems like heart disease and hypertension.
Short-term studies have also linked ketogenic diet and weight loss
In one study, men who consumed a low-calorie diet for 30 days experienced a significant short-term weight loss of up to 4 pounds. However, long-term studies have not supported weight loss as a result of a ketogenic diet. This is probably due to the fact that participants who have maintained their weight for longer periods have also been tested and their results are consistent.
Studies have shown that keto diets can help overweight or obese people to lose weight temporarily. However, long-term use of keto diets has not lead to significant weight loss. Diets that eliminate carbohydrates have also been shown to have similar weight loss results as low-fat or low-carb diets. Although these diets appear to be promising, they should be accompanied by a balanced diet and regular physical activity for long-term weight management.