The Ketogenic Diet
Posted on February 7, 2017 by Donna Jenkins
At the start of every year, one of the most popular search terms on Google is ‘diet.’ People are looking for the fastest, easiest, and best ways to lose weight and keep it off. The Ketogenic Diet isn’t ‘new’ but it may be the next trend in weight loss.
The Ketogenic Diet was one of the 10-most-searched diets this year according to Google, landing halfway down the list. But is the Ketogenic diet for you?
In a nutshell, the Ketogenic Diet is a high-fat, low-to-moderate protein, low-carb eating plan. Roughly 75%-90% of your daily calories will come from fat. 6%-20% will come from protein, and 2% to 5% will be composed of carbohydrates.
The diets origins are in the attempts to control epileptic seizures, although scientists aren’t sure why it works.
But it has also surfaced as a weight loss plan. The goal is for the dieter to achieve ketosis, a state where the body is using fat as its primary fuel, rather than carbohydrates. Once you’ve been on the diet for 3-4 days, your body’s backup stores of carbohydrates, called glycogen, are depleted. Ketosis then kicks in and weight loss is triggered.
The advantage of the Ketogenic Diet is that you will not be left hungry because you are eating an amount of satiating fats. Ketosis itself has been shown to suppress appetite.
What does science say about the Ketogenic Diet? A recent Spanish study tracked 20 obese volunteers on a low-calorie Ketogenic Diet combined with a supervised exercise program. Over four months, the subjects lost an average of 40 pounds, a significant amount of which was belly fat.
Is it for you? It depends. Ultra-low carb diets have been shown to trigger a significant change in people’s moods. Any diet that severely restricts any food group is tough to maintain. Once you’ve reached a goal weight and begin adding carbs back to your diet, there is always the chance of gaining back the weight you lost or adding even more weight.
Be careful to monitor the ketosis stage with urine strips. Make sure that you do not slip into ketoacidosis, which can be fatal.
The bottom line is that if you want to attempt the Ketogenic Diet, it is recommended modifying it to allow more carbs. As always, discuss your diet plan with a medical professional before undertaking it.
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