Keto Diet: Is It Really A Weight Loss Wonder For Women Over 50?
Every springtime a new diet comes up to the market. However, there is one whose popularity doesn’t seems to fade. It’s the Keto Diet, often advertised as a weight-loss wonder (whether it’s ideal for getting permanently rid of your menopause belly or not is another question).
Losing weight is usually a frustrating process that demands a lot of patience and requires extraordinary effort. For women over 50, it’s even more challenging because of their slowing metabolism, that’s why many of them are excited by the quick results the Keto Diet can offer.
In fact, this high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet program promises to help you lose fat quickly and based on some evidence, it’s worth considering if you’re struggling with weight gain, high blood sugar, chronic inflammation, or other age-related problems. But it also requires certain sacrifices and making big shifts in how you usually eat is the first one.
So, what does high-fat, low-carb look like on your plate? “Think bacon and eggs for breakfast, salami and blue cheese salad for lunch, and fried chicken in creamy zoodles for dinner”, explains nutritionists at Mayo Clinic. “What you won’t typically find is fruit, cereal, bread, pasta, beans, or even potatoes. Many of these foods may be difficult to weed out of your normal diet making you more likely to have trouble sticking with them over long periods of time. Consequentially, the results that you may have gained while practising the keto diet can be quickly lost”.
How Does the Keto Diet Work?
Basically, when you eat keto-friendly meals, your liver can convert fat into ketones that are used as energy by your body.
This state where your body uses fats as an energy source instead of carbohydrates is referred to as ketosis and allows fat burning to increase dramatically, potentially helping get rid of unwanted fats.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? But this diet may come with some challenges (especially if you love pasta) and according to health experts with some risks too, that’s why it’s very important to consult your physician before starting this plan.
Is Keto Diet healthy?
A Keto diet might work, however, if you are over 50 in this case you have to be even more careful to eat appropriately-sized portions, regulate fat consumption and track your macronutrients.
“A ketogenic diet is high in saturated fat“, says registered dietitian Kathy McManus, director of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “and may increase bad LDL cholesterol, which is also linked to heart disease. Also, if you’re not eating a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and grains, you may be at risk for deficiencies in micronutrients, including selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins B and C“.
Is it worth it to go keto?
Losing and then maintaining the right weight is often a result of mixed factors.
There is a lot of investigation to substantiate the efficacy of keto for women over 50, but most of it is not geared toward its usefulness for losing weight. Researchers and even doctors recommend keto diets to treat various ailments and conditions, but little scientific research has studied its effects on weight loss.
In the end, whether you follow the Keto Diet or another plan, being consistent and having realistic achievable goals is the best way to see some results.
Don’t get tricked by trends: the right regimen is the one that works for you.
“Many keto advocates claim that keto causes the body to burn more fat for fuel, and while this may be true, this does not seem to promote more weight loss when calories are controlled, according to a meta-analysis of thirty-two trials that compared carbohydrate intake“, says trainer and fitness expert Jordan Syatt. “Ultimately, you can do keto and see great progress, or you can follow a different diet and see great progress. As long as your calories are in check, you will lose weight over time“.
The reality is, to lose fat, you need to be in a calorie deficit. If you’re at all concerned about how a keto diet will affect your energy levels or hormone levels, consult a doctor for a blood test before beginning your plan and exercise routine.
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