Keto diet isn’t the answer for weight loss, experts say. Here’s what is – USA TODAY

The keto diet. You’ve probably heard of it by now.

It’s the low-carb, high-fat diet that caught on and spread quickly, leading some to label it as a fad, while others praised its effectiveness. 

The new year brings in an annual flood of personal health goals, and for those trying to lose weight, the keto diet might have come into consideration. Is it effective? More importantly, is it healthy?

Before making any commitments to keto, it’s important to understand what you’re getting yourself into. In addition to what the health professionals below have to say about keto, it’s important to consult your doctor before embarking on any high-fat diets.

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First of all, what is keto?

Though there are slightly different versions of the ketogenic diet, it’s primarily based on a low intake of carbohydrates coupled with a high intake of fat and protein. 

Generally, this means people on the diet get 70% to 80% of their daily calories from fat, about 20% from protein and about 5% from carbs. 

The decreased intake of carbs forces the body into the state of ketosis, in which fat becomes the main provider of fuel for the body.

Though similar, keto is not the same as the Paleo and Atkins diets, which also feature low-carb routines. 

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Experts say keto diet is not the answer

The diet has been associated with effective weight loss, but it doesn’t necessarily get the approval from doctors. 

“I wouldn’t recommend the keto diet to anybody,” Jeffrey Mechanick, medical director at Mount Sinai Heart’s Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Clinical Cardiovascular Health, told USA TODAY.

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