National Keto Day

National Keto Day is a holiday that recognizes the high-fat, low-carb keto diet. This diet forces the body to burn fat instead of glucose in a metabolic state known as ketosis. A person on a keto diet would eat healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, eggs, meats, and low-carbohydrate vegetables. They would avoid sugars, baked goods, fruits, starchy vegetables, hydrogenated oils, foods with artificial sweeteners, and grains. Some research has indicated that a keto diet might provide the dieter with numerous health benefits, such as healthy cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.

The History of National Keto Day

This holiday was first introduced in 2019 by The Vitamin Shoppe to bring awareness to the potential health benefits provided by this diet. It has since been observed not only in the U.S. but all over the world.

The History of the Keto Diet

Throughout history, people have tried fasting and various dietary regimens not only to treat particular illnesses or to lose weight but also for religious reasons. This is nothing new. However, the keto diet wasn’t introduced as a medical treatment until the early 20th century.

During the 1920s, physicians prescribed the keto diet for their patients with epilepsy, and it seemed to be an effective treatment because it was used for about 20 years. Its use began to decline when new antiepileptic drugs were unveiled as a treatment. The keto diet continued to decline throughout the 20th century until there were only a small number of children’s hospitals using it. Then, around the late 1990s, people began to once again take an interest in this diet. Since then, its popularity has continued to explode throughout the years.

Facts About Keto

During the course of our research, we came across some interesting facts about keto, and we decided to share some of these facts below. Hopefully, the following facts will prove interesting to everyone who is thinking about observing this holiday or beginning a keto diet.

  • General keto guidelines state that people on this diet should consume 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs.
  • It takes time for the human body to adjust to a keto diet, and some people may experience a condition known as “Keto Flu.”
  • Keto Flu is characterized by fatigue, headaches, dizziness, sugar cravings, nausea, muscle cramps, and an inability to concentrate.
  • Keto Flu can last anywhere from a week to several weeks.
  • Drinking plenty of water can help people recover from Keto Flu symptoms.
  • The keto diet can work differently for different people, and some people lose weight faster than others.

Observing National Keto Day

National Keto Day can be observed by learning more about the keto diet, or if you’ve already done the research, by trying out the diet yourself. If you choose to do the latter, be sure to consult with your physician first. While you’re observing this holiday, you can also use the hashtag #NationalKetoDay to spread the word about it to all the denizens of the internet.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 5 Friday
Next year (2025)
January 5 Sunday
Last year (2023)
January 5 Thursday
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