Connection between Ketogenic Diet and Weight Loss Unclear

The ketogenic diet is one of the latest “trendy” weight loss plans, and it involves eating foods that are low in carbohydrates and high in fat. The goal is to force the body into a state of ketosis, or fat burning. Emerging research has shown the diet to have some benefit in helping patients with type 2 diabetes to control their glucose levels.

While weight loss has been noted with the ketogenic diet, the connection is unclear. It is not known if weight loss results from this fat burning state or if participants are simply consuming fewer calories. Likewise, if the participant increases carbohydrate intake in the future, weight gain may occur.

These findings were published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on March 29, 2018.

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