Whether or not the keto diet works really depends on what your goal is. For example, if you’re someone living with a condition like type 2 diabetes and your goal is to moderate blood sugar levels and other things associated with the condition, then the keto diet can prove very useful.
Equally, if you’re after a quick weight loss method, then research has shown that the keto diet can be an effective method for rapid weight loss. It usually only takes the body around five days to enter a state of ketosis, so results are usually visible early on.
However, if your goal is not only to lose weight, but to keep it off, then the keto diet may not be the ideal solution. Cutting out an entire food group that usually provides around 50% of our daily energy is rarely easy to do. Not only is it difficult to continuously live with such restrictions, but the health risks associated with following keto long-term also make it an unsustainable choice.
As a result, many people find that even though they may succeed at losing weight with the keto diet, they put it straight back on once the diet is over and they return to their regular lifestyle.
Of course, everyone’s experience will be different. However, this yo-yo pattern of weight loss followed by weight gain tends to be the case for the majority of ‘quick-fix’ diet strategies. Instead, the most effective way to achieve, and maintain a healthy weight long-term is often to ditch the temporary diets, and opt for more permanent healthy lifestyle changes instead – like eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly.
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