18 Jan ONLINE FEATURE: Is the ketogenic diet meant to be a long-term plan?
It seems like everyone is talking about the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet. It’s the eating style of choice for celebs like Vanessa Hudgens and superstar trainers like Kirsty Godso, and has been touted as the go-to food plan for treating diabetes, anxiety, and to lose weight. But a big question that keeps popping up is, how long are you supposed to keep it up, exactly? It is meant to be a lifelong plan or a short-term fix?
Expert opinions are divided on the topic. Case in point are the two I asked for this article. Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen author Carolyn Ketchum has been eating low-carb for seven years (and all-out keto for almost four). She offers recipes and tips from her popular website, All Day I Dream About Food—she says sticking to it long-term is crucial for managing her diabetes. But registered dietician and Read It Before You Eat It author Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, CDN, not only cautions against doing keto long-term, she doesn’t think it’s all that great to do for a short while, either.
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