I used to spend a lot of time working in the fitness and health blogging industry, and many of my friends are still working in this arena. In our circles, there is one diet that has swept the industry more than any other — the keto diet. I know many people who’ve had tremendous success losing and maintaining their ideal weight with this diet. I also know moms who’ve used ketosis to help get pregnant, and kept a keto diet during their pregnancy, but is it safe? Can you do keto while pregnant?
The science surrounding the keto diet is still in its nascent stage, given that the diet’s popularity is so recent. However, there have been studies completed that highlight its effectiveness as a treatment for mothers who suffer from epilepsy or diabetes. Unfortunately, another study showed that it’s possible that women who follow a strict ketogenic diet while pregnant could give birth to babies with larger hearts and smaller brains, although it’s important to note, this study was only looking at the effect of a ketogenic diet on mice, and not humans. But it’s also important to remember that almost all studies begin the same way and have a measure of translatable consequences for the human population.
The diet is more controversial than you might think given its popularity. Last week, in US News and World Report’s yearly rankings of the best diets overall and the best diets for weight loss, keto came in dead last. The explanation given for such a low rank included the difficulty…