Much has been said about the benefits and dangers of the ketogenic diet that serves as the basis for many weight loss plans -some well-known ones such as, for example, the Dukan method , Pronokal , the Dr. Atkins diet or the well-known diet of the Zone -. Some studies like this one , produced by a group of researchers at the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Medical Center, even suggest that a diet lacking in carbohydrates and rich in protein and fat could be key in the fight against cancer. The reason would be that tumor cells cannot use ketosis for energy (since they rely heavily on glucose to survive). However, many health professionals, such as Dr. Josefina Vicario, do not agree with such allegations. “It is not a scientific reference at all. The best diet against cancer is the Mediterranean one, based on fruits and vegetables, with soft foods that do not make the liver work and looking for alkaline foods, not acidic. The best diet to fight cancer is the one that maintains the pH at 8.4, but, of course, you also have to follow it under medical supervision, “he says.
Can the ketogenic diet pose a health risk?
Ketogenic diets are all those that we know as protein , in which only proteins are eaten. So are hunger diets , that is, fasting diets in which only some broth and liquid are ingested. “Both one diet and the other entail dangers and must be followed under rigorous medical control and knowing that they are going to cause imbalances, drinking plenty of water and controlling glucose. To begin with, you have to rule out any diabetic problem with an analysis, since in this case you cannot follow this type of diet due to health problems. The benefits of this type of diet is that fat degrades very quickly ”, specifies the doctor from the Vicario Clinics.
What is ketosis?
“It is a metabolic situation of the body caused by the lack of carbohydrates and carbohydrates, which causes the body to use the fat reserve to get energy and generate acetone. This is why fat burns very quickly; but, in reality, the body shows a metabolic and organic imbalance that requires strict medical control of glucose through blood tests ”.
Should we be wary of fad weight loss plans based on the ketogenic diet?
“In balance is where we will find the health and the results we want. Pronokal, for example, is based only on milk protein and from our clinics we advise against it. We advocate a mixed diet, which is based on protein but introducing fruit and vegetables in a very controlled way, monitoring eating times and calculating the combination of foods so that digestions are faster. In this way, swelling and fluid retention are avoided., which is what worsens the accumulation of fat. As I said before, we should reduce acidic foods such as pork, beef, seafood and flour and dairy. Of course, cutting back on alcohol, saturated fat, and sugary sodas. And, on the contrary, introduce alkaline foods: fruit and vegetables, raw spinach, broccoli, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, dried fruit, lemon… We will achieve a diet without deficiencies and balanced ”, concludes the doctor.