Can you recommend the ketogenic diet?
of your daily carb intake.
There is preliminary evidence that the ketogenic diet may be beneficial for other health conditions (aside from epilepsy), however more research is needed.
From a weight loss perspective, the ketogenic diet has been shown to be effective among adults, with studies suggesting it may reduce insulin and appetite. However, we don’t know the long-term effects of following a ketogenic diet, and there are some concerns about how sustainable it is.
As the ketogenic diet tends to be lower in fibre, it’s also important to consider potential impacts on gut health – and we are discovering more and more about the importance of the gut microbiome to our overall health and also our weight.
It is not difficult for a diet to result in short-term weight loss – this is the case for most diets. However, more often than not, people who go on a weight loss diet for a period of time go on to regain the weight they lost, plus more.
There is no ‘‘one size fits all’’ approach to the way we eat, so if a ketogenic diet appeals to you, it’s important to consult a professional to ensure you are meeting your nutritional needs.
Dr Libby is a nutritional biochemist, best-selling author and speaker. The advice contained in this column is not intended to be a substitute for direct, personalised advice from a health professional. See drlibby.com
Avocado with egg and bacon – a ketogenic breakfast.