Is the Keto Diet the end to Yo-Yo Dieting? – Meccamino

The Ketogenic Diet – The end to Yo-Yo Dieting.

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28 Jan The Ketogenic Diet – The end to Yo-Yo Dieting.

The Ketogenic diet has become increasingly popular weight management strategy. It’s inception stemming back from the Aitken’s diet; growing over the past few years with the flood of success stories, low-carb recipes and low-carb products.

The diet is simple, cut carbohydrates to as low as possible (20g – 30g); consume higher, good quality fats, and a moderate intake of proteins. When done properly, you induce your body into Ketosis.

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones.

The breakthrough of the Ketosis diet is the ability to stick to the diet and consistently achieve weight loss.

When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead

Studies have shown that not only does a low-carb diet encourage weight loss 1, but also has the benefit of maintaining metabolic rate and appetite control 2,3.

Keep your metabolic rate high

Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns calories (energy) when in a resting state. Compared to other diets, such as low fat diets, Keto did not cause a metabolic rate reduction; which is important because this is one of the reasons why people stop losing weight, or even regain weight, in their weight loss regime. 2

Reduces your appetite

After weight changes in your body, your body purposefully tries to “refuel” by increasing hormones which charge your appetite. This is one of the reasons why people find it so hard to keep off weight they have lost. There is evidence that Ketosis helps regulate these hormones, even after significant weight loss. 3

Keto killing the Yo-Yo diet.

It’s clear that Keto is a real strategy for weight loss that can work effectively for most people. The studies which show that Keto has the additional benefits of keeping your metabolic rate high; and reducing your appetite in the long term – 2 catalysts which result in the return of weight gain from low fat diets.

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References

  1. Comparison of the Atkins, Ornish, Weight Watchers, and Zone Diets for Weight Loss and Heart Disease Risk Reduction, 2005
  2. Effects of dietary composition on energy expenditure during weight-loss maintenance, 2012
  3. Ketosis and appetite-mediating nutrients and hormones after weight loss. 2013
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