Low-carb, no-carb diets are not new. And like any trendy diet, they all come with their own set of risks and rewards.
Give and take
Although it is a high-fat diet, with virtually no carbohydrates, some studies show that the keto diet may help lower blood cholesterol and fat levels. “Also, people typically stay full longer after eating the high-fat content,” Colson says.
In addition to weight loss and maintenance, Marcelle Pick, a keto expert and nurse practitioner in Yarmouth, Maine, says the diet might help treat seizures, Alzheimer’s disease, sleep issues, inflammation and energy production.
“It keeps blood sugars stable and certainly affects mood, keeping many happier and having a sense of well-being inspired of their age,” Pick says.