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The Ketogenic Diet: Is It Worth It?

Carbohydrates are the primary fuel of the human body. A few days without carbs drives the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis, where the primary energy source is fat. A diet that induces a permanent state of ketosis is known as a ketogenic diet. This dietary regimen is currently gaining popularity, largely fueled by the weight loss bandwagon and the publicity created by American physician Dr. Atkins for his Atkins diet. While a ketogenic diet is commonly employed to successfully treat some ailments—even epilepsy in children—its safety over the long term has remained an under-researched and controversial topic. What are the consequences of a persistently altered metabolism? A 2010 study carried out at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions found no evidence of significant side effects after a long-term high-fat dietary regimen among epileptic patients. Scientists tracked 101 young patients at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center that underwent a ketogenic regime to treat epileptic seizures. Depending on the patient, the diet lasted between 16 months to 8 years. Researchers did not find any significant side effects caused by the diet, although they noted that potential side e Continue reading >>

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  1. Clinton M McCoy

    I guess almost anything is worth a try as long as it sticks to certain guidelines and you are informed on what you're doing, because everyone's body responds differently too different things. In my professional opinion I do not advise it. I would not advise any type of eating specifically for weight loss purposes unless it's for health reasons.

  2. Ronak Pattani

    It's worth a try to see if it works for you. However, things to consider:

    Calories still matter. Ketogenic diets mean eating lots of fat, fat has a lot of calories so if you eat too much fat, you won't lose weight. I made this mistake when doing keto.
    You might feel tired for the first few weeks whilst your body adapts to using fat for fuel.
    Your workouts might suffer.
    This is a restrictive diet, so might be hard to stick to.
    Keto is not a magic bullet, and carbs / insulin don't automatically mean fat gain.

    Have you tried a less restrictive eating regimen, but doing is consistently for week and months on end?

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