I’m not sure what your social media news feed looks like lately, but mine is filled with engagements, weddings, newborn babies and ketone diets.

Once one friend gets onto something, it spreads like wildfire. Insert the ketone diet. One of my social friends started posting casually about her weight-loss journey and how she has so much energy, even while raising young kids, all thanks to something called ketones. All of the other mothers chimed in with comments of “How do you do it?” and “I wish I looked that good” followed by the initial poster commenting back, “I’ll PM (personal message) you with details.”

Soon enough, those other friends were on the bandwagon and sharing their happy weight-loss journey with their friends. And the cycle keeps going.

Are they selling products? Are they joining some kind of ketone cult?

I decided I needed to get to the bottom of this.

After some research, I found that there are multiple terms—ketone, keto and ketogenic—and they all mean the same thing.

According to Healthline.com, the keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet similar to the Atkins Diet of yesteryear, and “it involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.”

This makes your body become very efficient at burning fat for energy. “It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain.”

This diet can cause your blood sugar and insulin levels to drastically decrease, which is a good thing.
Sounds all good, right?

Well according to Prevention.com, it might not be all sunshine and butterflies. Because this diet doesn’t have a lot of research behind it yet, experts are split on whether it’s a good idea because long-term effects are unclear. And there’s such a thing as the keto flu.

Prevention.com stated that the keto flu is “a period of fatigue, headaches and pain, often caused by dehydration and loss of electrolytes.” So it’s imperative to drink lots of water and stay hydrated if you’re on this diet.

It works for some people, but others have reported dizziness and heart palpitations. Consult with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet.

As for those social media friends of mine, I’m convinced they’ve formed some kind of ketone cult complete with drinks and shakes.

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Kelsey Reinhart is the editor of About magazine. When she's not working, she's usually reading, running, knitting or spending time in the great outdoors.

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