What really happens to your body when you eat keto
The ketogenic or "keto" diet is one of the latest low-carb diets taking over your Instagram feed. You may have heard of people going "keto" and seen the photos of all the bacon and cheese they are eating. This diet may seem "new" because it's suddenly super popular on social media and with celebrities, who are claiming it as their weight loss secret weapon. Actually, it is not "new" at all. It was initially developed in the 1920s as treatment for epilepsy in children, but fell out of favor as other treatments for the condition were developed.
In the mid-1990s, Dateline aired the story of a 2-year old boy with seizures who had had great success with the ketogenic diet improving is symptoms. This renewed interest in the diet, especially after a TV movie was made about it starring Meryl Streep.
Although it's still used today to treat conditions such as epilepsy and autism, it has also become popular due to celebrities like Kim Kardashian using it to drop 60 pounds post-baby. So, is keto the weight loss secret you've been praying for? Is it really possible to eat all the cheese, bacon, and butter you want, and lose weight? As a dietitian, my answer is maybe, but there are a few things that may happen to your body along the way.