PREVENTION

Inside the Rise of Keto: How an Extreme Diet Went Mainstream

 
Andrew Galpin

The Ketogenic diet thrives in the vortex of social media, says Andrew Galpin, associate professor of kinesiology and a human-performance researcher at Cal State Fullerton. 

A podcast with a top keto researcher Dom D'Agostino, a professor of physicology at the University of South Florida, aired in November 2015 and changed everything, he says. "That is the tipping point of when the diet comes into the vernacular and zeitgeist of the country." 

It’s also highly viral because it’s photogenic, offering swift results and dramatic befores and afters on Instagram. “Short-term carbohydrate restriction can cause 5 to 10 pounds of almost immediate water loss,” says Galpin. And you have lots of data. Ketosis is a moving target: Some people lapse into it when they eat less than 20 grams of carbs a day, while others can eat up to 50. So you need to collect data and check your levels with a device. And because a single carrot can toss you out of ketosis, you need to quantify each meal, weighing your food and using a nutrition app to calculate the exact ratio of fats to proteins to carbs. Continue reading in Prevention

The story originally appeared in Men's Health, in January 2019. 

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