This diet is based on a large amount of protein and fat, and a small amount of carbohydrates. The amount of carbohydrates can vary, but is usually around 50 grams per day.
This diet was originally developed for epileptic patients, but its effectiveness in weight loss was later discovered as well.
In fact, the ketogenic diet can help burn excess fat, increase muscle mass, and reduce bloating.
Some studies have shown that the Keto diet can also reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
This diet can be followed by anyone, but it is important to consult your doctor before starting a new diet.
What Does Science Say About the Keto Diet?
There have been many studies done on the Keto diet and the conclusions are generally quite similar. The diet doesn’t work only thanks to ketosis as many believe, in fact in many cases this has a relatively small effect, but it works because it decreases hunger in the person who therefore tends to eat less.
Individuals were less hungry and exhibited greater fullness/satiety while adhering to low-energy diets, and individuals adhering to low-carb ketogenic diets were less hungry and had a reduced desire to eat. Despite the slight changes in appetite, these results are remarkable considering they were achieved on an energy restrictive diet.
The clinical benefit of a ketogenic diet is that it suppresses hunger, even when weight loss is achieved. This leads people to feel less hungry and more full or satisfied. Ketosis appears to provide a plausible explanation for this appetite suppression. Future studies should investigate the minimum level of ketosis required to achieve appetite suppression during ketogenic weight-loss diets, as this may allow for the inclusion of a greater variety of healthy carbohydrate-containing foods in the diet.