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.
- “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.”
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