What is the Keto diet? Edwardsburg couple shares their weight loss success story

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The Keto diet was one of the most Googled diets in 2017, but a recent list of best diets ranked it last. What is it all about? We wanted to know.

Lisa and Dave Jensen took us on a tour of their kitchen. The couple remodeled their eating habits last year and are seeing incredible results.

"It worked for us. I will call it easy. Anybody can do it, I think," says Lisa.

The Jensen's have been doing the Keto diet.

They've lost a combined 100 pounds and counting.

"We would get on the scale every day and just giggle," says Lisa.

"Some people said stay away from the scale but that was a huge motivator -- seeing those pounds drop off you and you are like, this is awesome," says Dave.

The Ketogenic diet is high fat, moderate protein and low carbs. That means you'll want to avoid sugars, fruits and bread. Instead, you should eat veggies, nuts and meats.

By limiting your carbohydrate intake, doctors say you are putting your body into Ketosis. It is a metabolic state when your body thinks it is starving and starts burning fat reserves. Experts say you're basically retraining your body to burn its stored fat as energy.

"It makes your body a very efficient machine of burning fat," says Nicholas Jones. Jones is a dietician, a manager at a local nutrition store and a bodybuilder.

He says, on the Keto diet, your diet should include 70 percent fats, 25 percent protein and 5 percent carbs.

"When you go through the first week of transition your body is going to try to fight it," says Jones, "therefore you are going to get a little Keto flu. You will feel sluggish and might get some headaches."

Doctors like Sidrah Zaidi, say while studies have shown diets like this have shown to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, it is not a miracle diet.

"Weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight is a lifestyle change," says the Granger family doctor, "what I always tell my patients is it is about making those little day to day changes that you can sustain for the rest of your life."

Plus, she says, there is still research being done on the long-term effects. Zaidi does not recommend the Keto diet for the long term. She instead suggests people later switch to a Mediterranean diet.

Zaidi also says, for people who struggle with high cholesterol, a diet high in saturated fats could increase the risk for heart disease.

The Jensen's say their doctors are impressed with their weight loss and haven't seen any issues with health or blood tests. say their lifestyle change is something they are sticking with.

"This is not just a I'm going to lose this weight and I am going to go back to eating other foods. This is a lifestyle now. No more are we going to eat carbs and sugars. Period. Forever," says Dave.


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