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The ketogenic diet for weight loss is taking social media by storm. Scientific evidence supports its multiple benefits, but don’t get obsessed. First you must understand that it is not just another diet, but a healthy nutritional pattern.
This healthy nutritional pattern reduces the amount of carbohydrates and carbs as much as possible, prioritising proteins and fats. The ketogenic diet is based on ketosis, which is a natural physiological process in which the body creates substances called ketone bodies from fats due to a lack of carbohydrates.
In this way, the process consumes fat for energy in a faster but less efficient way. This provides an increase in caloric expenditure which can help to decrease the accumulation of glycogen, fat and blood sugar. This inefficiency is one of the reasons for its effectiveness because it requires more fat to generate the same amount of energy.
Studies at Cambridge University have shown that a low-carbohydrate, high-protein, fat-based diet is beneficial for weight loss and maintenance. However, if not done correctly it can cause odour in the breath, urine and genitals, as well as tiredness, malaise or nausea.