The ketogenic diet has taken the world by storm. While this particular diet has been proven to medically reduce symptoms of epilepsy in children, the new craze has “diet fad” written all over it. Many keto dieters boast enhanced weight loss, but at what cost? New research shows keto may not be as healthy as people think.

What Is Keto?

The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high fat diet. Similar to the Atkins diet, in order for keto to work, you need to dramatically reduce your carbohydrate intake and replace it with fat. Then, your body will be in a state of ketosis, using fat for fuel, which can help some people lose weight.

Bring On The Bacon

It’s no wonder so many people are taking to the keto diet. While many are experiencing weight loss, the foods you can eat on the keto diet also contribute to its popularity. One of Americans’ most beloved foods, bacon, is technically keto due to its high-fat content. Eating bacon while on a diet, what’s better than that?

When To Ditch The Keto Diet

Although dieting on yummy foods such as cheese and bacon sounds great, you may want to reconsider a ketogenic diet depending on your athletic goals. This is because new research has indicated the keto diet may disadvantage your body by making it more acidic. This acidity then contributes to workout fatigue.

Athletic Abilities Stunted

Athletes who are on the keto diet will exhaust themselves more quickly while performing certain anaerobic exercises, such as sprinting, jumping rope, climbing a hill, and heavy lifting. “Short-term low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diets reduce exercise performance in activities that are heavily dependent on anaerobic energy systems,” a recent study concluded. “These findings have clear performance implications for athletes, especially for high-intensity, short duration activities, and sports.”

In Defense Of Carbohydrates

Basically, your body needs carbohydrates for fuel. When you deprive yourself of carbs, the body makes ketones as an alternative fuel. While this may be a great short-term option for those looking to lose weight, depriving the body of carbs long-term will only make it harder for your body to process them – all while depleting your ability to perform anaerobic exercise.

So, you may want to cut yourself a break and just eat the carbs (all in moderation, of course).