Can you recommend the ketogenic diet?
Email your questions for Dr Libby to email@example.com. 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.