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Diet Fad of 2019: How about trying a diet that also saves the environment

22 May, 2019
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Do you ever wonder which is the right diet for you to lose that bulge in your belly? Or do you find yourself confused with every new diet trend on the market? You have tried all sorts of diet plans but nothing helps you to cut down? Relatable much? We get you!

That’s why we bring to you a diet fad that may work your way!  Here’s a quick guide to understanding the internet’s new buzzword of 2019 – Eco-Keto Diet.

Keto Diet was the most searched diets on the internet in 2018. When you’re on Keto – short for Ketogenic, you should eat low-carb and high-fat foods. Eating this way puts your body into a metabolic state called Ketosis. When you’re in Ketosis your body becomes a fat-burning machine. It also turns fat into Ketones in the lever, which can supply energy for the brain.

What is the difference between Keto and Eco-Keto Diet?

Initially, the Keto Diet comprises of meat items such as red meat, salmon and tuna. The eco in the eco-Keto diet stands for eco-friendly, which then substitutes all the meat-based protein for plant-based. It recommends you to eat loads of ‘good-fat’ such as nuts and avocados. This diet emerged as a plant-based substitute to Keto created by Dr. Will Cole of USA.

How does it work?

The primary source of energy in the body is carbohydrates. Carbs are broken down into glucose for immediate energy and glycogen for future energy. When glucose is not available as an energy source, your body turns to fat as the primary fuel source. Fat gets broken down into glucose, and ketones are produced as a byproduct. The body can use these ketones as an alternative fuel source. When your body is getting fuel from ketones, you are in a state of ketosis. The keto diet doesn’t lend itself to those concerned by its environmental impact and thus surfaced it’s substitute – Eco-Keto Diet.

Pros:

  1. Substitutes meat for a plant-based option, encouraging people to cut out meat, and choose cruelty-free products.
  2. The Eco-Keto Diet is much more feasible and achievable for a working-Indian than the regular Keto diet, as it can sustain the costs too.
  3. While the meat industry has also been in the limelight for the harmful practices over sustainability and for not being environment-friendly.

Cons:

  1. Since this diet is a conglomeration of the restrictive vegan and ketogenic diet, there is a high risk of several nutrient deficiencies.
  2. As the body cuts down on carbs, it is highly probable for the individual to feel fatigued and lethargic.
  3. Your body’s protein intake would be limited as a result of this diet. This could lead to hunger at regular intervals.

Takeaway

The Keto diet has proven to help one lose weight, in the beginning, at a quicker rate than most of the other established diets. This is one of the most appealing factors, to begin with this diet. As most diets take a couple of weeks before any notable results are seen, the keto diet can show results in as little as a week. And, it’s a plant-based substitute is also reportedly equally effective.

There are often a mixed reaction to these diet lifestyles, where a certified dietitian and an author of ‘Honest Nutrition’ – Melissa Meier had to say this on the Eco-Keto Diet, “In my opinion, any type of fad diet isn’t going to work out in the long term, and this one, in particular, could lead to serious nutritional deficiencies and complications.”

While Eco-Keto Diet does result in quick weight loss due to the depletion of carbohydrate stores and the associated water weight, this plant-based diet includes pea proteins, non-starchy veggies, herbs and low-glycemic fruit such as berries, lemons, and limes.

The Eco-Keto Diet does seem extremely limiting and it is very difficult to sustain it in the long run. So, if you plan on going Keto but are worried about the ecological footprint of it, you should consider the Eco-Keto Diet.

Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.

 

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