Low-carb ketogenic diet can be effective for weight loss, but it's not for everyone

KMBZ News Staff
January 21, 2019 - 7:05 am

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The high-fat ketogenic diet has been shown for more than a century to reduce seizures in some patients, and in recent years, it has become very popular with people who want to lose weight.

Women in particular are seeing good results from the Keto diet, which is low in carbohydrates and moderate in protein. A common mantra among Keto dieters is, "Fat doesn't make you fat."

"The keto diet is adjusting your nutrients so that 70 to 80 percent of your calories are coming from fat," said Bethany Frazier, a dietitian. 

The diet affects hormones which can make it suitable for weight loss, especially for people who in the past have been directed toward diets high in grains. Over time, the dieter's body learns to use fat for energy, instead of sugar.

"(The Keto diet) can blunt insulin, which is one of the parts of our body that can cause us to store fat," Frazier said. "It can actually deplete that rise." 

Frazier said the Keto diet is not a good idea for people with histories of eating disorders or biomarks for heart disease. She said a dietitian can help with advice on getting essential nutrients.

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