The ketogenic diet has taken on new life over the past few years and the trend does not seem to be slowing. Originally developed in the 1920s as a therapeutic means to reduce epileptic seizures, it fell by the wayside once drugs were developed to aid the condition. Nowadays, the general public is looking to this diet plan for aid in weight loss but also for its utility in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and glaucoma.

Here is the deal, it is really hard to “get into ketosis” and it is even hard to maintain this diet for an extended period of time. As they say, if you like your ketogenic diet you are probably doing it wrong.

More importantly is the fact that this very high fat, very low carbohydrate diet is nutritionally unbalanced. Many food sources of necessary vitamins and minerals are missing. You cannot have true health without these; building immunity and muscle, repair and proper energy all require a host of nutrients.

Do this instead:

If you are a healthy adult who wants to lose weight, get stronger and leaner; all while building immunity and true health, try a modified Atkins-style diet: best quality lean protein + quality, healthy fats + 9-12 servings of vegetables and a serving of fruit.

Seems like work? Well sticking to a keto diet is far more work and far less fun! Plus, real food is delicious!

Still need a reason, then try this conveniently named keto kitachari with a side of quality protein (or not). bon appétit

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