For as long as we have lived on this planet, we have always adopted special diets to improve our health. Whether it is belief-based, calorie and weight control, crash, detox, fad, or diets followed for medical reasons, people’s dietary choices can often be affected by a variety of factors, including but not limited to ethical and religious beliefs, clinical needs, or a desire to control weight.
However, over the past few years, many people have put themselves through unhealthy diets that prioritize their weight over well-being. In our society, we see this kind of unhealthy diet culture pretty much everywhere. For instance, we see people discussing the newest diet that helped them lose weight or providing justification for eating what they want because they deserve it. People also find themselves constantly starting diets or exercise routines, only to abandon them halfway. It soon becomes a never-ending cycle, where someone finds themselves chasing every new fad that comes their way. People also base their self-worth on their weight or how little they eat and compliment others on weight loss. Finally, all of us are bombarded by advertisements for weight loss products/diet programs/exercise equipment every day. These adverts convince many people that they are not good enough if they aren’t pursuing weight loss.
While dietitians and health professionals around the world have a different take on what diets can do for individuals, the one thing that they can all agree on is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dieting. What may work for one person may not work for another. So, rather than getting discouraged, you must understand what kind of diet would fit your lifestyle without negatively impacting you in the long run.
Various types of diets can be dated back to the period of the ancient times. While there is no record of whether the cavemen talked openly about dieting, the early Greeks and Romans were very vocal about their beliefs. They believed that if a person had a healthy body, they also had a healthy mind. To them, being fat was not only unattractive, but also a sign of mental imbalance. In fact, it was even considered immoral to be overweight. Moving forward in history, the Renaissance began around 1500. During this time, rather than dieting to look slim, Renaissance women would pull their corsets tight to get a tiny waist. The first actual printed diet book was written by Luigi Cornaro in 1558. This was after he had an epiphany when he was tired of being overweight, feeling out of control, and being unable to have sex. Continuing forward once again, we reach the 19th century and, with it, the beginnings of modern dieting. In the mid-1800s, the “ideal” for masculine and feminine beauty was a thin body. Women’s dresses could only accommodate a tiny laced-in waist, and men wore tights with tight-fitting jackets until the end of the 19th century when looser trousers and pants came into style. The first diet that had mass appeal was introduced in 1860 by William Banting, who had tried everything to lose weight, with very little success. However, once he invented his diet and published it in a pamphlet called “Letter of Corpulence,” he sold thousands of copies all over the world. So many people adopted his diet that the term “I am banting” was used widely to mean “I am on a diet.”
We have seen plenty of diets across history – some diets have stood the test of time and are still being implemented today. One diet that has proven successful in both the past and present is the keto diet. Dr. Russell Wilder established the keto diet in 1923 at the Mayo Clinic. He devised the traditional ketogenic diet, consisting of four parts fat to one part protein and carbohydrate. All other keto diets follow this four-to-one macronutrient ratio. The conventional keto diet consists of 90% fats, 6% protein, and 4% carbohydrates. These portion sizes force the body to use fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. The body subsequently enters a state of ketosis, in which it continues to consume stored fat, resulting in the accumulation of ketones in the body. Ketones are thought to be a particularly healthy form of alternative energy.
Although the keto diet was created to help children and adults with epilepsy, it is now used to help modern weight loss patients achieve their goals. Patients who adhere to the conventional keto diet begin to burn stored fat rather than stored carbohydrates, resulting in enhanced weight loss. A ketogenic diet for weight loss consists of 80 percent fat, 5 percent carbohydrates, and 15-20 percent protein. Dieters must exclude a few carbohydrate-heavy food groups, such as grains, dairy, legumes, and fruits. They replace these foods with meat, fish, butter, eggs, avocados, oils, nuts, seeds, and non-starchy vegetables to accomplish their goals. In addition to weight loss, ketogenic diets offer other health benefits like improved cognitive function, reduced inflammation from high blood sugar, slowed spread of various cancers, reduced sugar addictions, and increased female fertility.
While a ketogenic diet has many benefits, as with any diet, is comes with challenges as well. First off, some people have problems sticking to a low-carbohydrate diet for lengthy periods. If these people give up and resort to an uncontrolled diet, they may gain back the weight they lost. When someone stops dieting, it’s more enticing for them to eat items they couldn’t eat while on a diet. On the other hand, dieters tend to be very motivated when they first start a diet and push themselves to their physical and dietary limits. In order for the keto diet to be effective, you must be careful not to overwork yourself at first, as this might lead to burnout and diet failure. Instead, you should make small changes that you know you can fully commit to. For example, if the plan is to change your diet completely, you should start by changing up one meal first. Also, instead of planning to exercise for hours in a day, multiple days a week, you should commit to a workout plan that fits your lifestyle.
Since its beginning, the ketogenic diet has raised energy levels, lowered weight, and increased quality of life. However, much like any other diet and exercise program, it is essential to do it in a way that works well for you without going to a crazy extreme.
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