In this day and age, we are surrounded by diets that all aim to help you lose weight and feel good about yourself. All you need to do is follow the rules and regulations surrounding these diets, and you’ll supposedly drop the pounds in no time. But do they really work? Well, some people swear by the keto diet and have noted that they have lost a ton of weight by maintaining this new lifestyle and adhering to the rules of a keto life. However, one leading cardiologist has now stated that no one should be doing the keto diet…
What is the keto diet?
To truly understand why this cardiologist states that we shouldn’t be following the keto diet, we need to understand what the keto diet really is. Known scientifically as the “ketogenic” diet, this diet forces your body to use a different fuel to survive. Rather than utilizing glucose that can be found in almost all carbohydrates (such as potatoes, fruits, vegetables, and grains), the keto diet forces your body to utilize the ketone bodies that can be found in your liver. In fact, your liver produces these ketone bodies from the stored fat that you have. In depriving yourself of these carbs, it’s believed that your fat levels will deplete, and you’ll lose weight in no time.
A short-term solution
Although many people have lost a huge amount of weight using the keto diet, Dr. Kim Williams doesn’t agree with using such a plan. As the former President of the American College of Cardiology, he has a wealth of experience in terms of cardiovascular health and these types of diets. He has noted that the keto diet is not conducive to long-term weight loss or the health of your heart. It’s rather a short-term solution that would potentially leave you with health problems. Although he notes that the keto diet does in fact help you lose weight, it does nothing to help you maintain this weight loss. As soon as you slip up or stop using the diet, there’s a high chance that the pounds will come piling back on.
The results are in
Yet, this isn’t the only reason why Dr. Kim Williams is against the keto diet. He has also been able to see the results from a 2007 study, which stated that those who followed the keto diet had an increased chance of mortality by 22%. A few years later, he stumbled upon another study in the Journal of the American Heart Association, which studied a large group of people who had all had a heart attack. From this large selection, they noticed that 53% of them had followed the keto diet at some point in the past. He believes that forcing your body to produce ketone strains your body and your heart - which is not healthy in the slightest.
If you’re thinking about trying the keto diet, you might want to think again, according to Dr. Kim Williams - for the sake of your heart.