Can you rec­om­mend the ke­to­genic diet?

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Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­ Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered. ke­to­genic diet in that it does not re­strict pro­tein in­take, although car­bo­hy­drate in­take is still re­stricted to 10-20 grams per day. This pro­to­col is sim­i­lar to the ke­to­genic diet that has be­come pop­u­lar of late, although the daily car­bo­hy­drate re­stric­tion for adults tends to be about 30 grams. To put into per­spec­tive just how low this is, a car­rot (which isn’t con­sid­ered a high car­bo­hy­drate food) would con­trib­ute a quar­ter 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.


Av­o­cado with egg and ba­con – a ke­to­genic break­fast.

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