Ketogenic diets are becoming more and more popular. They have been used to treat epilepsy for quite some time now, but the fitness world has suddenly become very interested in them. A lot of people start following a ketogenic diet because they believe that it will help them to lose weight, but is this the case?
Keto diets involve almost zero carbohydrates, and very low protein too. A ketogenic diet is roughly made up of 20% protein, 5% carbohydrates, and 75% fat. This means lots of avocadoes, butter, steak, bacon, and minimal vegetables. It sounds like a typical dieter’s worst nightmare!
Now, the ketogenic diet is as effective or ineffective as any diet. If it is calorie controlled then it is easy to lose weight and then maintain weight on it. If it isn’t calorie controlled then it would be very easy to underestimate how many calories you are consuming, and end up gaining weight! That’s the problem with fats, a small serving of fat can contain a LOT of calories.
But when you consider the fact that a lot of the fats used (particularly MCT oils) can increase satiety (how full you feel), and that the diet contains 20% protein (which also reduces hunger) then you can see that a keto diet can definitely work. You don’t need to go keto to lose weight, you just need to be consuming less calories than you are burning. But keto will have its advantages for some people.