Weight Loss – A Challenge II

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Ketogenic Diet

A ketogenic diet is one which is low in carbohydrates and high in fats. Conversely, lets put it this way that a the ketogenic diet allows us to live for long periods of time on practically no carbohydrate intake. So, we can live with much lower insulin levels than normal.
According to a great researcher, Dr Kevin Hall , who has researched the ketogenic diet for long and is well versed with the subject,  states that if dietary carbohydrates are replaced with fats without changing the  protein intake, there will be increased mobilization of fats from the adipose tissues (fat storing tissues). This will result in the utilization of stored fats leading to weight loss.

Let us examine the ketogenic diet more objectively and if it can be used advantageously, as a tool for long term weight loss.

Since long, ketogenic diet has been shown to be effective in epileptic children, also for those suffering from difficult to control spasms or convulsions. Ketogenic diet has also been proven to be effective mood stabilizer in bipolar illness also known as maniac-depressive illness.

But lately many studies have been done to prove the efficacy of a ketogenic diet in reducing weight. But, the question here that comes to mind is whether an increased intake of fat will reduce or increase weight? As fats are more energy dense as compared to carbohydrates. Fats provide 9 Kilo calories per gm, whereas carbohydrates provide only 4  kilo calories per gm. This would simply mean consumption of a  high fat diet will be accompanied by a higher energy intake.

On the contrary, studies have shown that a ketogenic diet can be used a therapyfor weight loss in obese people. It is further propagated that a high carbohydrate diet may be responsible for various chronic diseases such as type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, hyperlipidemias and certain forms of cancers.

Some amount of ketone bodies are formed during fasting, lactation and post vigorous exercise. Although the blood  levels of circulating ketones  is restored back to the normal rapidly thereafter. These circulating ketones not only act as a fuel to the brain and other body tissues, but also protect against development of hypoglycemia and have a significantly effect on suppressing hunger.

It is therefore, safe to say that a ketogenic diet is a good regulator of body’s calorie intake.

Conclusively, a ketogenic diet is a nutritional tool that can be used to develop a caloric deficit in people who are able to follow this dietary framework, find is agrereable and executable.

This doesnot, however, mean to convey that ketogenesis as a tool of weight loss has some magical properties for fat loss but can be used more effectively under proper supervision and guidance in specific contexts. Higher adherence  would result in more effective long term benefits

It is therefore, a tool which needs to be used in the used correctly in the right situation.

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