Sure, you can use the keto diet as a quick fix to lose weight. Alternatively, you can approach the keto diet from a long-term health standpoint and make it a lifestyle rather than just another fad diet. Dr. Will Cole, functional medical expert and author of “Ketotarian,” is an advocate of a (mostly) plant-based keto diet to boost energy, improve brain function, aid in weight loss and more.
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On this week’s episode of LIVESTRONG.COM’s Stronger podcast, Dr. Cole explains that “just because something is high-fat and low-carb [aka keto] doesn’t mean it’s optimal for long-term wellness.” For example, a vat of cheese topped with bacon may contain tons of fat and not all that many carbs — and you may come across a picture of it under the #keto hashtag on Instagram — but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy or will make you lose weight sustainably.
In our conversation with Dr. Cole, he explains how to successfully follow the ketotarian diet and answers such questions as: “How long should you stay in ketosis,” “How do you even know if you’re in ketosis” and “Are all fats made equal?”