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It doesn't work for everyone !

Diets seem to be popular these days, and it's very ridiculous. Everyone wants to follow the latest new diet, because if it works for a bunch of Internet people, it'll work for me! Then they wonder why they're not losing weight. 

Not. Every. Diet. Is. For. You.

Not. Every. Diet. Will. Suit. You.

Most. Diets. Aren't. Supposed. To. Be. Long term.

And that is okay, just do some research!! The one I want to talk about is the Keto Diet.

Firstly, what is the keto diet?

The ketogenic (keto) diet is a low or no carb, high fat diet to aid in weight loss, diabetes, PoTS, certain types of cancer, gastro issues, epilepsy, and other conditions and symptoms. Your body enters a metabolic state known as ketosis, which is why it may make you feel a little lightheaded and low in energy when you first start it. Ketosis means your body is burning fat for energy and turning fat into ketones in the liver. 

Why isn't keto used as a long term diet?

Long term use of the keto diet may lead to a lack of protein, extra liver fat, kidney stones, nutrient deficiencies, constipation, and heart disease, as well as eating disorders. Recently, it has become quite popular, especially due to celebrities and influencers. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad diet, in fact, I was asked to go keto by my doctors for a few months, to see if certain symptoms would improve. However, it should be noted, this diet isn’t for everyone and it isn’t for long term use. Keto should be done properly otherwise you can cause harm to yourself. Carbs are necessary and yes they can cause weight gain, skin issues, and other things but cold cutting them out causes health problems. All diets should be considered after evaluating your habits, and if you have any health issues, even if you're stable or in remission, seeking support from a medical professional before starting a diet is important. Diets are made to measure, it is not one size fits all. Even if you follow a certain diet, you can, and should, alter it if need be, to make it beneficial to you. 

It is important to note that diets aren't a quick fix. If you're having health issues, insomnia, anxiety, depression, a change in your skin, hair, nails or any other difference you've noticed that isn't normal, a diet is not the only answer; it is a contributing factor. Having a good sleep routine, not 8 hours at any time, but trying to stick to them same sleep and waking up times every day, altering how much you eat and when you eat, hydration, exercise, vitamins, the sun, mental stimulation (reading, writing, games, podcasts, learning something new etc), lowering stress levels, meditation, reflecting on your environment (the shows you watch, music you listen to, people you are with, how much news you consume etc) and overall, regulating your systems in every way you are able to. There is SO much more to everything than just a diet to follow because someone on the internet said it works. 

Please seek the advice of a medical professional for information on diets for yourself. Take time to learn and evaluate yourself. What you need and want. Find the root cause of a problem. Most importantly, take care and create your own path. 


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