Having a ‘cheat day’ once a while doesn’t hurt but the ones on keto diet must think twice before going for a cheat day. According to a research, consuming fries or soda is quite harmful for those on a keto diet. It can damage blood vessels of the person.
The Ketogenic Diet
This diet involves consuming foods with high fat, less protein and almost negligible carbohydrates. Consumption of this diet can make the body go into a ketosis state which burns fat and not glucose. Many talk about the benefit of the keto diet for management of diseases and weight loss.
Jonathan Little, who is from the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, said that in ketosis state, the chemistry of the body changes and it starts to burn fat aggressively.
Sudden Rise in Glucose Levels and Damage to Blood Vessels
A study was done to know the effect of glucose while on keto. It was found that the sudden spike in glucose levels damaged blood vessel walls. Jonathan Little said,
Even though these were otherwise healthy young males, when we looked at their blood vessel health after consuming the glucose drink, the results looked like they might have come from someone with poor cardiovascular health.
The metabolic response of the body to rise in blood sugar must have led to the damage.
Cheat Day to undo Impacts of Keto Diet
It is important that people on keto diet must be informed about the consequences of a ‘cheat day’ as it may harm them. Reports also show that excessive intake of glucose will undo the effects of keto diet.
Source: Tech Times, Science Daily