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Popular keto is listed next-to-last in new diet ranking. Why?

Diet came 34th out of 35 in U.S. News and World Report’s best diet list

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The diet your neighbors, aunts, friends and cousins have been swearing by came in next to last when evaluated based on the criteria of “balance, maintainability, palatability, family-friendliness, sustainability and healthfulness” shared by Dr. David Katz, one of the 25 diet judges on the U.S. News and World Report panel

The diet your neighbors, aunts, friends and cousins have been swearing by came in next to last when evaluated based on the criteria of “balance, maintainability, palatability, family-friendliness, sustainability and healthfulness” shared by Dr. David Katz, one of the 25 diet judges on the U.S. News and World Report panel

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In its 10th annual ranking of the best and worst diets, U.S. News and World Report ranked ketogenic 34th place out of 35 total listings.

That’s right. The diet some swear by came in next-to-last when evaluated based on the criteria of “balance, maintainability, palatability, family-friendliness, sustainability and healthfulness” shared by David Katz, a doctor and one of the 25 diet judges on the U.S. News and World Report panel, according to a report by CNN.

According to CNN, the purpose of the keto diet is to push the body into a state called “ketosis,” by avoiding or cutting carbohydrates. When in extreme lack of carbohydrates, the liver will tell the body it is starving, which leads the body to metabolize stored fat in order to produce energy. While this can lead to quick and in some cases monumental weight loss, Katz told CNN that it often leads to an even quicker regain.

Beyond the issues with its lack of sustainability, the sudden loss of carbohydrates has been making some people sick, and some dietitians have given it a new name, “the keto flu,” reports Healthline. The report indicated the diet is considered safe for most people.

Keto flu is much like it sounds — the body mimics the symptoms of a flu, which can range from things like irritability and poor concentration, to symptoms as severe as vomiting or diarrhea, and can last as long as a week, according to Healthline.

This isn’t the first time keto has failed to perform when put to the test. ABC News reports that keto has been underperforming since 2018, when it received another low ranking from that year’s U.S. News and World Report Best Diet List.

When keto received criticism back in 2018, Angela Haupt, the assistant managing editor of health at U.S. News and World Report, told ABC News that the main concern with keto is the high fat consumption, which can be especially dangerous for those with diabetes, kidney disease or heart disease.

The diet originally started as a way to help manage epilepsy in sufferers who had already tried medications, and continues to be effective in doing so, according to the Epilepsy Foundation, but has since been co-opted as a weight-loss fad.