The Ketogenic Diet for Weight Loss: A Dietitian’s Perspective

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Source: Today’s Dietitian
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Author: Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, CD

The ketogenic diet is sweeping the nutrition world, and success stories of improved health and weight loss are popping up on blogs, Instagram feeds, and more. What started as a diet specifically for treating severe epilepsy in infants and children has gone mainstream (Google shows a 1011% increase in search queries for the keto diet from 2016-2018).

In this article from Today’s Dietitian, Carrie Dennett (MPH, RDN, CD) cites 19 sources in an article that attempts to bridge the gap between “hype and research” in regards to Keto.

Key Takeaways:

  • “Ketogenic diets dramatically elevate fat burning, which results in a much more stable flow of energy to all organs and tissues, especially the brain,” says Jeff Volek, PhD, RD.”
  • The mainstream Keto diet’s guidelines and standards vary widely, and don’t conform to the exact standards of the clinical Ketogenic diet. The gist of the popular Keto is a low-carb, high fat diet, with protein intake varying based on exercise.
  • The Keto diet shows promise for improving “insulin sensitivity and glycemic control.”
  • “It’s just a tool in the toolbox that some people can implement… Some people like how they feel and like how they eat when they’re on a ketogenic diet. If it works for you, great. The diet that works for you is the one you feel good about.”

Read the full article and get the details here.

 

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