A lot of popular keto diets are based on wrong science, says Dr. Kim Williams. It seems that eating only meat, eggs and fat instead of adding some carbs too is not the way to live a long healthy life. It actually is the recipe for a heart attack, he explains.
The keto diet works by losing weight fast because of the carb-free diet which induces a state called ketosis, where the body burns fat really fast. It’s a great way to lose weight, and Dr. Williams, who is a past president of the American College of Cardiology, agrees that it could be used, but only on short-term.
You Can Try Keto, But Only On Short-Term
Talking in an interview with Plant Based News, he explains that “the basic concept: you change your dietary habits and you change something.” However, he added that “the science of it is wrong.”
“If all you wanted was short-term weight loss, and short-term could be a year or two—if that’s all you’re looking for, great,” he said.
But studies have found an increase in mortality rates among the population who were on a keto diet, he added:
“There was one [study] in the Journal of the American Heart Association published a few years later that isolated the people who had a heart attack in the past, the cardiology population that we’re seeing, and they were doing a ketogenic diet. It was a 53 percent increase in mortality. No one should be doing this.”
The study Dr. Williams talked about was a five-year-old study which found that a diet based on low-carb intake increases mortality caused by heart diseases.
This year, the Lancet published a study which had the same conclusion, only that it used information on patients from the 1980s.
Without adding more details about countless studies and Dr. Williams’ 20-minutes long opinions and explanations on the links between heart disease and keto diets, the bottom line is that we need some carbs in our diet. You can do it as soon as you are done cutting the fat after a short-term keto diet – if that is what you’re after. But if you’re aiming for a healthy body, you should know that a balanced diet rich in vegetables and fruit is better than any diet.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.