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Is The Keto Diet Effective?

Turns out Keto/ketosis can be very effective in a variety of applications. There is pretty awesome keto research happening right now, too. Seizures: Several thousand years ago, doctors weren't sure why fasting was such an effective treatment for children with seizures. Turns out, restricting carbohydrates and surviving on ketones is something the brain really likes. Obviously, fasting isn't an effective long-term solution, but nutritional ketosis (restricting net carbs to 20g-40g per day) is a great alternative, can be maintained indefinitely, and has helped children (and adults) control their seizures in cases where medicine couldn't. (90% achieved better management of their seizures, and about half of those were able to eliminate seizures entirely). Oxygen Toxicity: I was listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast with Dom D'Agostino (Dom D’Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and the End of Cancer ) and D'Agostino mentioned an experiment he conducted to test the limits of a body in ketosis when exposed to oxygen toxicity. Essentially, imagine a Navy SEAL team that has to remain underwater in a pond to evade detection. Their scuba gear cannot release bubbles, so they use a "rebreather" to rec Continue reading >>

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  1. Nathanael Schulte

    No. In fact, being in ketosis already makes it easier to go longer. Fasting (water only) definitely cuts deeper than just a ketogenic diet, and especially if you have some insulin resistance going on, it may be the only way to effectively reverse it.
    The best resource out there on the topic is the book “The Complete Guide to Fasting” by Dr. Jason Fung & Jimmy Moore.
    Read it, and give it a try. It’s worth it.

  2. Ron Hunter

    A big reason for fasting is to manage insulin levels and insulin resistance. You would choose to fast independently of putting your body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis would actually make it easier to fast since the body is already adapted to using its fat and the ketones as fuel.

  3. Ann Moskowitz Meyers

    Are you talking about fasting for religious reasons, such as for Ramadan or Yom Kippur? If so, both Islam and Judaism allow curtailing fasting for medical reasons. I can’t speak in detail about Islam, but Judaism would prohibit fasting if one might become ill, must eat to take medications, if a woman is pregnant, if a person is elderly, or if the person is too young.

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