Keto fans swear the keto diet is the best thing they’ve ever tried, but new research finds that there’s a pretty severe downside to restrictive diets, including keto. According to a new study , following a super strict eating plan like that can actually shorten your lifespan.
Scientists followed nearly half a million people for 25 years, tracking their diets and comparing how long they live. And it turns out, those who get less than 40% or more than 70% of their calories from carbs are more likely to die than those who ate some amount between those numbers. Keto calls for sourcing only five to 10% of your daily calories from carbs, so it’s definitely outside the ideal zone the study suggests. Other high fat, low-carb diets including paleo, Atkins, and Whole 30 fall into that restrictive category, too.
So basically, your diet needs balance to keep you healthy and have you stick around longer. What should we be eating then? Study authors suggest a diet “rich in plant-based whole foods such as vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts is associated with healthy aging.” And once again, science says a quick fix isn’t as good for us as moderation, which always seems to be key.