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Should You Try the Keto Diet?

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Your answers indicate that you might not be the best fit for the keto diet. That’s totally OK—there are plenty of other healthy-eating plans out there that can help you reach your weight-loss or nutritional goals.

What are some reasons for the poor fit? Well for one, if you are concerned about diabetes—say, if your doctor has mentioned pre-diabetes or your blood sugar levels have been a little high at recent doc appointments—but you have not been officially diagnosed, the keto diet may not be safe. That’s due to the (rare) possibility of a condition known as ketoacidosis, which happens when the level of ketones in your blood are too high. It’s serious—potentially even fatal—so make sure you get the bottom line on diabetes before considering this plan.

Also, you might be the kind of person who like a little flex in their diet. Fish tonight, spaghetti tomorrow? Sounds good to us—but that won’t fly on keto, which allows almost no carbs in the plan. Again, that doesn’t mean you’re doomed—but you might be better with an approach like the Mediterranean diet, which is more about everything in moderation, with an emphasis on fruits, veggies, and healthy fats.

And finally, you might be pretty serious about your workouts: While studies are mixed, much evidence suggests that the keto diet’s low-carb approach can hinder the performance of athletes who need instant energy (see: carbs) to be at their best.

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The fat-filled, carb-skimping keto diet isn’t for everyone...but is it for you? Although no one but you and your doctor can make that determination, we’ll help you do a little groundwork to see if it’s something you should consider. People with particular health conditions—type 2 diabetes and obesity, to name a couple—may find success on the diet, both from a wellness and weight-loss standpoint. But others might not benefit as much or be able to stick with it. It requires following a pretty strict set of rules, and the virtually non-existent carb credo that keto is famous for can be a deal-breaker for some.

Our quiz, which is based on interviews with medical experts, nutritionists, and the latest scientific research, can help point you in the right direction. But as always, before you try this at home, talk with your doctor first. So, back to the pressing question: To keto, or not to keto?

Question 1 of 8

Do you have a BMI of 30 or higher?

  • AYes
  • BNo

Question 2 of 8

Are you good at following rules?

  • AYes
  • BNo

Question 3 of 8

Do you have high LDL cholesterol?

  • AYes
  • BNo

Question 4 of 8

Are you worried about diabetes?

  • AYes
  • BNo

Question 5 of 8

Have you been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes?

  • AYes
  • BNo

Question 6 of 8

Are you willing to give up pasta and bread? And cookies and crackers?

  • AYes
  • BNo

Question 7 of 8

Do you lift a lot of weights, play sports, or clock workouts that involve intense movements like sprinting?

  • AYes
  • BNo

Question 8 of 8

Have you failed miserably on traditional low-fat, high-carb diets, mostly because you were always hungry?

  • AYes
  • BNo
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