Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, people have theorized about a number of ways to protect themselves from contracting the virus.
While the Center for Diseases Control (CDC) highly recommends wearing face masks, social distancing and now getting vaccinated as the best way to combat the virus, there are many skeptics that have decided to try other alternatives — dieting is one of those alternatives.
A Ketogenic or Keto diet puts the body in a Ketosis state. Ketosis is a metabolic state that elevates levels of ketone bodies in the blood or urine. It also reduces the intake of carbs and replaces them with fats, according to Healthline.
The diet has been shown to boost insulin sensitivity and cause fat loss, benefiting those with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Other research suggests that the diet can help with other conditions such as heart disease, cancer. Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.
Certain conditions like obesity and cardiovascular issues make certain individuals high risk when affected by the virus, according to News Medical.
Marley Burnett, a manufacturing assistant, explained the benefits of the dieting strategy during the pandemic. Burnett said she does not believe the diet is too hard to maintain.
“The diet itself can lower the risk factors for you getting Covid such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. The only foods you can’t really consume are those that are high in carbs, but you still have plenty of options, said Burnett.”
However, some tried the dieting system difficult to maintain. Jayelah Hayes, a Philadelphia social worker said she didn’t have the time nor patience. Hayes said she after a while she became tired of cooking but found humor in her failed dieting journey.
“I didn’t do anything different except eat more spinach. Keto sucks and the who actually lose weight from it practice witchcraft,” said Hayes.
People usually go on a Keto diet for weight loss, but a healthier and hygienic lifestyle can help reduce the adverse outcomes when infected with the Covid-19 virus.