Becoming healthy and fit is the goal of many individuals. But gaining weight or obesity is a hurdle in the path of their fitness. Many factors, including diet, are leading to diseases and abnormal health.
Obesity is a problem for almost all age groups, and it increases the risk of other diseases. The chances of developing complications increase when individuals are over-weight. Moreover, the mortality rate and morbidity rate increase in individuals with obesity, and the survival rate reduce.
According to Gary Taubes, conventional approaches to overcome obesity and treat diabetes are not effective-anymore. He further adds that following the Keto diet, which is a low-carbohydrate diet, can provide a solution for issues of over-weight and diabetes.
There have been many causes that lead individuals to hyperlipidemia and become overweight or obese. Those causes include; hereditary issues, hormonal abnormalities, over-eating, lack of exercise, and an unhealthy lifestyle. There are many other causes as well that can increase your risk of becoming obese.
Abnormalities in metabolism and hormonal levels can also lead to obesity, which in turn results in multiple disorders or diseases making the condition of patients complicated. Obesity can lead to diabetes, heart problems, and other pathological situations.
According to Gary, the keto diet can reduce complications for diabetic individuals as the diet minimizes insulin, and the body uses fat to produce energy. As a result, instead of storing fat leading to obesity, the body starts to mobilize it.
Is Low Fat Consumption Leading To Obesity?
The incidence of diabetes and obesity in individuals of all ages has increased in the past 20 years across the globe. According to experts, the high rates of both abnormalities have an association with an increased intake of saturated fat. However, according to Gary Taubes, the reason for many social and societal health problems is that fat consumption has been demonized.
Furthermore, individuals have been encouraged to consume excessive carbohydrates and sugar in the past 20 years. According to Gary, excessive carbohydrate consumption and entirely cutting of fats from the diet lead individuals to obesity, diabetes, and other societal health problems.
Gary Taubes in his book, The Case for Keto, highlights the importance of diet and fat consumption. The book discusses the potential of the keto diet in reducing the risk of several diseases. Ketogenic diet treats or reduces-risk of diabetes, obesity, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Gary Considers Excessive Carbohydrates Consumption TO Cause Obesity
Gary Taubes investigated various studies and research papers and discussed with multiple researchers the impact of a low-fat diet. He was trying to find sufficient evidence that can compel him that a low-fat diet is a perfect solution for the health of individuals.
During his discussion and investigation, he discovers that there is no scientifically compelling evidence to eliminate fat from diet to reduce weight or become fit. According to a National Institute of Health Administrator, the low-fat diet was advised to patients with the assumption that it will reduce weight as fat is the hightest calorie intake.
Gary discovered that practicing a low-fat diet was making individuals hungrier, leading to excessive carbohydrate consumption which in turn leads to the obesity epidemic and diabetes occurrence. Furthermore, diabetes with hyperlipidemia and high-carbohydrate consumption increases the risk of developing other diseases exponentially.
According to Taubes, individuals following the conventional approach of omitting fats to reduce weight or solve their obesity issue are not working anymore. Moreover, apart from temporary weight loss, the low fat, high-carbohydrate diet is causing psychological health issues like Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and even cancer.
Ketogenic Diet For Diabetes Control
Gary Taubes claims in his book that the Ketogenic diet makes people healthy and lowers their diabetic problems. Because the keto diet is a high-fat and low-carbohydrate diet. The study was conducted by a Californian startup called Virta Health at Indiana University as two groups of patients participated, one group receiving a ketogenic modified diet while the other got to eat conventional nutritional advice medication.
Two years of study shows that individuals receiving a ketogenic diet develop remarkable-control over their diabetic problems. Moreover, these patients successfully remise diabetes. Furthermore, a low-carbohydrate and high-fat diet prove its effectiveness in lowering the risk of cancer, epilepsy, obesity, and other diseases.
The beneficial effects are evidence-based, the scientific evidence indicates that the ketogenic diet treats drug-resistant epilepsy in children and reduces symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
The ketogenic diet enhances heart functionality and brain health. The diet also improves PCOS symptoms and reduces the risk of several cancers. It also lowers seizures and reduces the risk of complications.
The low carbohydrate consumption encouraged by the ketogenic diet enables practitioners to control sugar levels in the blood and reduce diabetes. Low-carbohydrate means a small amount of insulin will be sufficient to maintain balanced glucose levels in the body.
Drawbacks And Complaints About the Diet
Some critics of the ketogenic diet term it as less effective in the longer run. A low-carbohydrate and high-fat diet does have evidence suggesting its significance. But the research concludes its results within a short time. That is, no research involving ketogenic-diet occurs for more than 1 or 2 years.
Gary advises the health department to conduct studies over a three-year duration and compare the Ketogenic diet, Mediterranean diet, Dash diet, and Vegetarian/vegan diet. This research will cost $20-30 million. But hopefully, everyone will know the best diet, which will help people live longer and healthier.
Some people complain that the ketogenic diet is highly restrictive. This is true as it allows less than 50g of carbohydrate consumption a day. If an individual has a diet-related disease then it is essential to cure it by modifying the diet. Dietary modifications will improve the condition of individuals over time and also at a reasonable cost. Individuals and government can reduce medication-expenditure by treating patients by providing them well-customized diet plans that suit their physiology. Moreover, changing diet is the best bet against certain conditions.
The ketogenic diet not only suggests eating more fats but also allows eating more proteins. People who do not like to eat animal products find a ketogenic diet difficult to follow. According to Gary Taubes, individuals must eat animal products. As human history suggests, animal products have been the need for survival.