What is the ketogenic diet and who is it good for?
Katie Couric, Kourtney Kardashian, and Halle Berry are all stars who’ve lost weight or stayed fit using the ketogenic diet. But unlike most Hollywood diets, this isn’t just some fad—it’s also used clinically for some health conditions.
The ketogenic diet involves cutting carbohydrates such that your body enters a natural state called “ketosis”, where it burns fat for fuel. Studies have shown that eating a keto diet has many of the same advantages as fasting, but with fewer risks and more comfort for the dieter.
Nerd Fitness explains
: “When you eat carbs, your body produces insulin to deal with the increase in sugar/glucose in your bloodstream. When you minimize carbohydrate consumption, this can result in less insulin production, and your body can become more insulin sensitive, which has a host of health benefits.”
Many people find this way of eating helps them control hunger and eat fewer calories, so they can lose weight with less effort and stress. A ketogenic diet has been shown to improve blood sugar control for patients with Type 2 diabetes.
Criticisms of the keto diet are that it can be tough to follow, weight loss benefits may not persist over time, and the foods on the diet may not offer enough variety.
For an exhaustive discussion of the pros and cons of the keto diet, check out the r/keto subreddit
on Reddit; the how-to guide in the sidebar is a crowdsourced deep dive.