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Keto Diet Is Not Sustainable, Experts Say

At the moment, it’s hard to argue that America is currently in the middle of a keto craze, with various health experts and dietitians recommending the diet for people who want to lose weight while also getting the additional benefit of being healthier.

Banning carbs in order to push your body to use fat for fuel (which would then result in weight loss), the trendy diet has since captured the eyes, ears and stomach of everyone, from celebrities to influencers and everyday folk who are simply looking to burn a few pounds. In fact, the Vitamin Shoppe has even dubbed the first Sunday of 2020 as “National Keto Day.”

However, the statement is not echoed by some people who believe it’s not sustainable at all and passes it off as some health craze that would soon dissipate.

"What on Earth justifies granting a day to memorialize a fad diet? The grapefruit diet surely warrants its own day too!" Dr. David Katz, founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, said. Katz is one of the various experts today that does not believe in Keto, or any other diet that restricts important food groups for that matter. He’s also the president of the True Health Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to health promotion and disease prevention.

"Losing weight fast by using a severely restricted, silly, unbalanced diet inevitably leads to even faster weight regain. Absent ketosis, keto is just a false label for some kind of diet that presumably restricts added sugar and refined carbohydrate -- which, frankly, any good diet does,” he added.

"Most health professionals are concerned that the degree of carb restriction requires someone to cut out many of the foods that have been consistently recommended as being healthy: fruits, beans/legumes and whole intact grains," Stanford professor Christopher Gardner, who conducts research on low-carb diets at Stanford Prevention Research Center, said.

Furthermore, Gardner, like other experts, believe that the reason keto was able to take hold is because most people that follow it focus on its short-term benefits without taking notice of its possible long-term  risks.

Keto Health experts consider keto diet as helpful to maintain cholesterol levels, blood sugar and brain health. Pixabay

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