Ketogenic a Fad Diet: Quick yet Doubtful

Ketogenic a Fad Diet: Quick yet Doubtful

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Emmane Biscocho started this petition to DEPED and

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn. Nowadays, a lot of people are engaging to different kinds of diet. Which those various diets have a purpose to match people with their common health needs. However, people tend to choose the kind of diet where they could achieve their body goal quickly. Like this fad diet which is known as the Ketogenic Diet. The said diet was developed as part of a high fat, low carbohydrate medical nutrition therapy for epilepsy decades ago. Through the course of time it evolved, however, into a weight loss fad diet. After all, any diet that restricts calories from any food source will eventually lead to some weight loss. But the concern is Ketogenic Diet’s effectiveness to its users in terms of the sustainability, adverse effects, and long-term consequences is no good.

A role model for fitness, Jillian Michaels said, “We can accomplish those things…without going into ketosis”. Undergoing ketosis is a risk. For our cells, our macromolecules, are made up of protein, fat, carbohydrates, nucleic acids. When you don’t eat one of the three macronutrients, it would have several negative effects. Those macronutrients serve a very significant role for our overall health and wellbeing. Our body's organs and tissues need proper nutrition to work effectively that is why a balanced diet or healthy diet is really important. Without good nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance. In addition, children with an inadequate diet a risk of growth and developmental problems increases. With this, it shows how the Ketogenic Diet effectiveness is not sustainable. By which on a related note, ketogenic diet is no good due to its adverse effect. Like for example to athletes, keto diet is not a great choice because it will also result to reduced ability to perform high-intensity exercise, feeling of subjectively lower energy and decrease in exercise efficiency.

            On the other hand, Ketogenic Diet’s effectiveness to its users in terms of long-term consequences is no good. Through the course of time, a long- term ketogenic diet could lead to micronutrient deficiencies. Keto Diet may be loaded with a high intake of nutritious vegetables, fats and protein but it is still considered as a restrictive diet. So, the micronutrient consumption would be disturbed with an absence of food variety. Which is why influencers and wellness coaches like Danette May have a goal of encouraging people to take charge of their health so they can live their best lives. Which she said, “Ketogenic diet starves you of an entire nutrient group for a short period of time and makes your body think you are starving. It doesn't teach you how to nourish yourself with healthy foods.” As a reader, it simply points out that focus on eating plenty of healthy foods that are high in nutrients and add physical activities that will improve your quality of life, instead of trying a diet that gives you a quick fix.

            Therefore, it is important that people are aware with the possible consequences rather than focusing on its quick weight loss results. For this reason, we recommend  the following actions to be done by DOH and DepEd:

  1. Both of the agencies should implement programs that mainly focuses on educating students about the proper followed diet which is the balanced diet.
  2. With the lead of DepEd, schools should prioritize this especially during the celebration of the Nutrition Month.
  3. Dieticians should be invited to discuss how essential it is to follow a balanced diet or healthy diet instead of fad diets.

As a result, if we get to educate students, at a young age they would be aware and would avoid on trying different kinds of diet, especially those on trend, that would decrease the possibility of diseases and other negative effects. 

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