Ever tried having a Ketogenic Diet? Well, studies show that it may actually lead to more harm than good after a period of time.
American doctors from Yale University have found that Keto Diet loses its effectiveness when done for more than one week. They tested the diet out on mice, providing them with food that is high in fat and low in carbohydrates. They discovered that the mice showed a reduction of glucose in the blood after one week of following the diet, which means that a Keto Diet will not only lead to rapid slimming but possibly also protection against diabetes.
However, the tables quickly turned when the mice continued to follow the diet for an extended period.
“When mice continue to eat the high-fat, low-carb diet beyond one week, they consume more fat than they can burn, and develop diabetes and obesity. They lose the protective gamma delta T-cells in the fat,” said Vishwa Deep Dixit, a professor of immunobiology at the Yale School of Medicine and the main author of the study.
“Our findings highlight the interplay between metabolism and the immune system, and how it coordinates maintenance of healthy tissue function,” added Emily Goldberg, a postdoctoral fellow in comparative medicine and the co-author of the study.
According to them, the ideal duration to maximize the health benefits of a Keto Diet has yet to be determined but it may work best “in small doses” and over a short period of time (less than a week).
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