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The Keto Craze—Just a Phase?

The Keto Craze—Just a Phase?

Maritza Worthington, CNPM, FDN-P, FNS, CHNC, is a holistic & functional nutritionist, located in Orange County, who specializes in helping individuals experience greater equilibrium for themselves by using cutting-edge methods and tools that truly get to the core of a person’s bio-individual, health needs. Learn more at OrganicMedizen.com

“Do you even Keto?” is a common question these days.

“You’re missing out!” is the not-so-subtle undertone.

If you haven’t heard of this low-carb high-fat (yep!) diet that can provide steady weight loss and high energy, it’s made its presence known by the lack of available avocados these days.

While avocados and coconut oil are healthy fats and sound choices in this new diet/lifestyle, let’s look a little closer at Keto to see if it’s a good fit for you.

The most passionate Keto-ers will announce a myriad of miracles associated with the diet beyond weight loss, including the disappearance of various ailments, seen and unseen (i.e., not proven).

And even reputable figures are showcasing their “before and after” shots and promoting their own lines of keto-supplements.

With all the hoopla, it might appear that the Keto diet holds the “golden key to the kingdom,” allowing individuals to unlock the weight-loss problem, boost their cognitive performance, and indulge in as much cheese as they please (bring on the fats!).

Yet the question remains: could all this be too good to be true?

To be sure, nutrition research highlights the benefits of a ketogenic diet for those with conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, and cancer—that’s fantastic. But there is much less said about the long-term effects of going keto for those who simply want to lose a few pounds and feel healthier. In fact, according to the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, health expert Paoli notes that two brief periods of a ketogenic diet separated by longer maintenance periods of a wholesome diet (i.e. mediterranean), led to successful long-term weight loss and improvements in health risk factors (Paoli, 2014).

In other words, the long-term use of a keto diet could lead to a loss of efficacy, and many may not have the constitution for it.

So if you start experiencing common Keto burn-out symptoms like brain fog, depleting energy, lethargy, electrolyte imbalance, muscle weakness, cramps, break down of muscle tissue, impacted kidneys, and irregular bowel movements, consulting a Holistic & Functional Nutritionist is a good move.

Because if you’re in it for the long haul, it’s important to know the ketogenic diet is just one of many healthy strategies that can be used for weight-loss. Transitioning to a balanced, holistic approach that considers your body’s metabolic needs is the best way to unlock your body’s full potential to experience sustainable results.

Maritza Worthington, CNPM, FDN-P, FNS, CHNC, is a holistic & functional nutritionist, located in Orange County, who specializes in helping individuals experience greater equilibrium for themselves by using cutting-edge methods and tools that truly get to the core of a person’s bio-individual, health needs. Learn more at OrganicMedizen.com.

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