What is a ketogenic diet

What is a Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fuelling brain function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source.

Some of us need to be " in ketosis"  to help repair metabolic health, for others simply going " low carb is enough.  



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A ketogenic diet is high in fat and very low in carbohydrates.


Here we will address the 12 most common anti-keto claims found in  the media. While we are not suggesting a ketogenic diet is appropriate  for all, this diet is clearly a safe and highly effective option for  people with metabolic diseases (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc.),  and therefore should not be falsely portrayed as a dangerous fad.

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low carb/keto is a great diet for humans

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Fish is among the healthiest foods on the planet.

It’s loaded with important nutrients, such as protein and vitamin D.

Fish is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are incredibly important for your body and brain.

So if you don't like meat, maybe still try to eat some fish.

If you don't want meat or fi

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Keto was the most googled diet of 2018 and 2019. It limits carb intake to under  about 30~50 grams a day ( deending on individual metabolism, and typically reduces appetite and intake of easy-to-overeat, hyperpalatable foods. 

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T1 diabetes


Initial indications are that  T1 diabetes can be better controlled via a low carb diet. 

Fatty Liver disease


Current indications are that lowering carbohydrates results in a significant improvement in fatty liver disease  

Heart disease


Data emerging from the long term implementation of a well formulated ketogenic diet  are positive in terms of markers for heart disease 

Low Carb Compared to Low Fat diets - the science

Low Carb Diets


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Brinkworth, G.D., Noakes, M., Buckley, J.D., Keogh, J.B., and Clifton, P.M. Long-term effects of a very-low-carbohydrate weight loss diet compared with an isocaloric low-fat diet after 12 mo. Am J Clin Nutr 2009;90, 23-32. 

Foster, G.D., Wyatt, H.R., Hill, J.O., McGuckin, B.G., Brill, C., Mohammed, B.S., Szapary, P.O., Rader, D.J., Edman, J.S., and Klein, S. A randomized trial of a low-carbohydrate diet for obesity. N Engl J Med 2003;348, 2082-90.

Hu T, Mills KT, Yao L, Demanelis K, Eloustaz M, Yancy WS Jr, Kelly TN, He J, Bazzano LA. Effects of low-carbohydrate diets versus low-fat diets on metabolic risk factors: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials. Am J Epidemiol 2012 Oct 1;176 Suppl 7:S44-54.

Mansoor, N., et al. Effects of low-carbohydrate diets v. low-fat diets on body weight and cardiovascular risk factors: A meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. British Journal of Nutrition 2016;115(3), 466-479.

Nordmann, A.J., Nordmann, A., Briel, M., Keller, U., Yancy, Jr. W.S., Brehm, B.J., and Bucher, H.C. Effects of low-carbohydrate vs low-fat diets on weight loss and cardiovascular risk factors. Arch Intern Med 2006;166, 285-293.

Samaha, F.F., Iqbal, N., Seshadri, P., Chicano, K.L., Daily, D.A., McGrory, J., Williams, T., Williams, M., Gracely, E.J., and Stern, L. A low-carbohydrate as compared with a low-fat diet in severe obesity. N Engl J Med 2003;348, 2074-81.

Shai, I., Schwarzfuchs, D., Henkin, Y., Shahar, D.R., Witkow, S., Greenberg, I., Golan, R., Fraser, D., Bolotin, A., Vardi, H., Tangi-Rozental, O., Zuk-Ramot, R., Sarusi, B., Brickner, D., Schwartz, Z., Sheiner, E., Marko, R., Katorza, E., Thiery, J., Fiedler, G.M., Bluher, M., Stumvoll, M., and Stampfer, M.J. Weight loss with a low-carbohydrate, Mediterranean, or low-fat diet. N Engl J Med 2008;359, 229-241.

Tay, J., et al., Effects of an energy-restricted low-carbohydrate, high unsaturated fat/low saturated fat diet versus a high carbohydrate, low fat diet in type 2 diabetes: a 2 year randomized clinical trial. Diabetes Obes Metab, 2017.

Yancy Jr., W.S., Olsen, M.K., Guyton, J.R., Bakst, R.P., Westman, E.C. A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-fat diet to treat obesity and hyperlipidemia: A randomized, controlled trial. Ann Intern Med 2004;140, 769-777. 

Yancy, W.S. Jr., Westman, E.C., McDuffie, J.R., Grambow, S.C., Jeffreys, A.S., Bolton, J., Chalecki, A., Oddone, E.Z. A randomized trial of a low-carbohydrate diet vs orlistat plus a low-fat diet for weight loss. Arch Intern Med 2010;170, 136-145

Zinn, C., A. Rush, and R. Johnson, Assessing the nutrient intake of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet: a hypothetical case study design. BMJ Open, 2018. 8: p. e018846.


Scientific references

Polyunsaturated fats


Scientific References 

The  effect of replacing saturated fat with mostly n-6 polyunsaturated fat  on coronary heart disease: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled  trials

  • Steven Hamley  Nutrition Journalvolume 16, Article number: 30 (2017)