Is the Ketogenic Diet Safe for Women?

New trends frequently come and go in the health and fitness space. When one fad diet ends (or becomes less popular) another one begins.

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the ketogenic diet. And you’re probably wondering if it’s safe for women. Or maybe you just want to know what it’s all about. 

It may be new to some, but the ketogenic diet has actually been around for quite some time. It was originally developed in the 1920s as a therapy for epilepsy. 

What is the ketogenic diet?

In the simplest of explanations: the ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carb diet, with only a moderate amount of protein.

“Keto” is short for ketosis and occurs when your liver breaks down fat into fatty acids and glycerol. While your body is in a state of ketosis your body produces ketones. As Dr. Axe points out, "Rather than drawing energy from glucose, a person in ketosis stays fueled off of these circulating ketones or ketone bodies — essentially, burning fat for fuel.”

But, is the ketogenic diet safe for women?

So, you’re probably thinking something like: "Burning fat sounds great, but is this diet safe for me?” Should women begin a ketogenic diet? 

This is a diet, and for some, a drastic lifestyle change. Unfortunately, many have heard of the wonderful outcomes that some have experienced with the ketogenic diet and begin without guidance or much research. 

With the ketogenic diet, there is the possibility of messing with your hormones. Many women have also felt severely drained due to the lack of carbohydrates. This could leave you feeling even worse than when you started.

However, there are benefits with the ketogenic diet. You won’t be required to count calories, limit portion control, or resort to extreme exercising to see results. 

A couple questions to ask before you begin a ketogenic diet:

So, is the ketogenic diet for you? Before you begin the ketogenic diet, I would strongly suggest you do your own thorough research and consider a few things. 

01. Is it sustainable? The problem with all “diets” is that they’re not sustainable. You begin the diet, see some results, but as soon as you finish {or quit} you lose all your progress. 

02. What is your goal in starting a ketogenic diet? Is it just to lose some weight? 

03. Do you love carbs? If so, this diet might leave you even more discouraged than you are now. 

But if you want to see real results that last without jumping on another diet, then I want to invite you to checkout one of my meal plans. I give you all the tools you need to make simple, healthy, and delicious meals your whole family will love.