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Is The Ketogenic Diet Safe For Weight Loss?

Share it: If you’ve been contemplating various weight-loss strategies, you may have run across the ketogenic diet. This dietary strategy, which is often used in a clinical setting to help improve seizure control in children with epilepsy, is picking up steam as an effective treatment for weight loss. But is it right for you? We turned to the experts to find out more. WHAT IS IT? The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body into a state of ketosis, where fat is burned for fuel instead of carbohydrate. (This isn’t to be confused with ketoacidosis, a dangerous condition typically caused by a lack of insulin in the body.) According to Dominic D’Agostino, a researcher at the University of South Florida who specializes in ketogenic diets, “The ‘classic ketogenic diet’ used originally for the management of drug-resistance seizures is a 4:1 ratio of fats to protein and carbohydrates.” That equates to about 80–90% fat, 5–15% protein and 5–10% carbohydrates. For weight loss, he says, this diet is typically modified “to allow a more liberal consumption of protein” (20–30%) with the same carbohydrate restriction. IS IT Continue reading >>

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  1. mischiefmack

    Has anyone else experienced facial flushing (face becoming red and hot) while in ketosis?
    I have noticed it is particularly prevalent after a high fat meal, especially with a lot of coconut oil. It is quite disconcerting.

  2. kcfricke

    Your body is burning the excess calories, the opposite of being cold when you cut calories too much. In ketosis, when you overeat, it doesn't necessarily get stored, it's why calories in--calories out doesn't work.

  3. mischiefmack

    is it concerning? does it go away?
    It is fascinating how calories in calories out is a flawed (but useful at this point) metric for energy.

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