What is the ketogenic diet?
At its most simple, eating ketogenically ("keto") means that you burn ketones (derived from fat) instead of glucose for energy. This is a completely natural state. In fact, it's the state your body automatically switches to when you don't eat between dinner one night and late breakfast the next morning. With a keto diet, you can keep your body burning fat 100% of the time. Eating this way comes with a large number of health benefits and is safe for nearly everyone.
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How the keto diet works
What foods do you eat?
It's not about calories. The reason why the ketogenic diet is so effective for weight loss is because of the physiology that makes people gain weight in the first place.
Important: You may need to reduce the dose or stop some drugs on a ketogenic diet, as you may rapidly become too healthy for them. Discuss it with your doctor before you start.
Heart disease and cholesterol
- Can a ketogenic diet help prevent and treat heart disease?
- What really causes heart disease?
- How to combat heart disease and diabetes? go keto, says new study
- Everything we know about heart disease is wrong (podcast, 1hr 37min)
- video ABC Australia / Heart of the matter, part 1 (28 min) & part 2 (29 min)
- Butter, bacon, and fat: the truth about keto cholesterol may surprise you
- Keto and cholesterol
- High cholesterol on a keto diet
High blood pressure / hypertension
The vast majority of people who adhere to a ketogenic diet for at least four months will see a lowering of blood pressure. Communities and groups are full of these personal accounts.
It's impossible to provide a truly comprehensive look at every condition that's reversed, managed or healed when eating ketogenically. This is brief overview of some additional conditions.
- Bipolar: Bipolar disorder and diet
- Chron's disease: Crohn's disease successfully treated with the paleolithic ketogenic diet
- Fatty liver (NAFLD): Keto: the best fatty liver diet
- Kidney failure: High fat diet may be able to reverse kidney failure
- Parkinson's & ALS: Parkinson's disease, ALS and ketones
- PCOS: How to reverse Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) naturally
Keto and the brain
The ketogenic diet was originally developed to help epileptics gain control over seizures. It has strong positive impacts on the brain and its health.
There are obviously thousands of web sites about the ketogenic diet. These few sites listed below represent the best among the best - focused mainly or solely on the ketogenic diet, including information as well as recipes and often videos as well.
- book Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
- book Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
- book The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belond in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz
- book The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Jeff S. Volek, PhD RD & Stephen D. Phinney, MD PhD
- book Primal Fat Burner by Nora Gedgaudas, CNS NTP BCHN
- book Keto-Adapted by Maria Emmerich
- book Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars by Dr. Richard Bernstein
- book Cholesterol Clarity by Jimmy Moore & Dr. Eric Westman