The Keto Diet is considered the worst diet, according to a recent US New and World Report created by a panel of obesity and weight loss experts.
While the keto diet is all the range, US news and World Report ranked it dead last in a review of 40 popular diet programs. The keto diet ranked poorly due to the lack of long-term studies that show it that is has health benefits, the ability to be adhered to and documented health benefits associated with the program. Keto has only a few preliminary studies that suggest short-term weight loss but with some pesky side effects.
The keto diet focuses on getting most of your calories from fat and protein and minimal amounts of carbohydrates (about 20 grams or 80 calories of net carbs per day). The carb counts are so low it forces your body to go into “ketosis,” which means the body tries to burn dietary fat and body fat as energy. Diets with such low carbohydrate content cause you to feel tired, weak, light-headed and lacking the desire to exercise.
For example, one six-week ketogenic diet found a mildly negative impact on physical performance in terms of endurance capacity, peak power and faster exhaustion. I have seen athletes trying to follow the diet who have lack the energy needed to do their normal workout. Not to mention that you can’t eat any grains, starchy veggies, fruit, most beans and many other foods when trying to put your body into ketosis.
The best eating plan, according to the report, is a tie between the DASH and Mediterranean-style eating plans. However, the report suggests it’s important to find a plan that best fits your lifestyle. For me, I eat a Mediterranean-style diet that is also highly plant-based or flexitarian. We eat poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy but keep red meat very limited.
If you’re trying to lose weight — and keep it off — this year, set yourself up for success by finding a more personalized approach to improve your eating. Try tackling these behaviors most often linked with weight gain.