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Hyderabad flirting with danger due to unregulated ‘Keto diet’ programs

Consuming high-fat ketogenic foods as a replacement to regular carbo-heavy meals to cut weight is the new fad. This is not just in Hyderabad or in India, but across the World. Unfortunately, this type of un-regulated dietary habits is leading to numerous health hazards. And social media too is abuzz with instances related to the negative impacts of such not-so-recommended food habits.

According to the patient-profiling and assessment done by the Team of experts at DocOnline; there are more men than women who are taking up keto-type dietary habits. And over 90% of men and women who randomly stop eating carbohydrates do so without any medical/Doctor consultation. These people do not know if their body-type can sustain in radical dietary regimen.

Over the last six months (June to November), DocOnline has studied 5000 cases (sample size) in the city of Hyderabad, who have practiced high-fat diet or are practicing it yet. Out of these, 3500 are men, and 1500 are women. And according to the findings:

Dietary Habit Men % Women %
Started high-fat diet without consulting a Doctor 90 85
Stopped high-fat diet within a week 92 90
Continued high-fat diet beyond two weeks 5 3
Saw reduction of weight due to high-fat dietary habits 80 75
Witnessed weight-gain on returning to regular diet 85 92
Suffered fatigue break down during high-fat diet 75 88
If stopped, would re-start high-fat diet again 10 17
Do you see a risk in continuing with high-fat diet programs 50 55

Commenting on the dietary practices, Dr. Prasoona Katreddy, Consultant Physician, DocOnline said, “Transitioning from burning carbs to burning fat takes about two weeks, so at the start of practicing keto or related diets, the body is not in ketosis yet. That means that the human body is still using stored glucose for fuel rather than ketones, and this is not a healthy sign at all! And because carbohydrate intake is restricted, the amount of stored glucose (or energy) is limited, which can cause fatigue soon.

Some people experience symptoms such as brain fog, headaches, chills, and a sore throat during this transition. These symptoms are collectively referred to as “the keto flu”, and a large section of people who practice these high-fat diets are not aware of the ill-effects of the risks involved in practicing unregulated dietary habits.

Adding further on the necessary steps to be taken, Dr. Syed Abrar Kareem, Consultant Physician, DocOnline said, “There are healthy ways to cut weight! Regular walking/jogging is the simplest and most recommended way to keep weight under check. As a Doctor, I would recommend those wanting to cut weight to lead an active and not a sedentary lifestyle; and this will do a lot of good in the long run. Unregulated dietary practices are too risky to follow.

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