The Ketogenic Diet
In short; the Ketogenic Diet is basically a low carb diet. What sets it apart from the other low carbs ones like The Atkins and Paleo diets is it’s strong focus on keeping your carbs VERY low so that your body is forced to burn FAT instead of carbohydrate as energy.
That is the KEY to the Ketogenic Diet.
When there are no carbs to use (your body’s first energy source choice), your body will use fat as fuel. It then breaks down the large fat molecules into smaller ones called “ketones“, hence the name of the diet. The ketones are then used in place of sugars (glucose) to give your body and brain the energy it needs.
This diet was originally created to help children with epiliepsy. Those who adopted the Ketogenic Diet had, in general, fewer epileptic seizures. You can read about the history and medical uses of the diet HERE.
Fast forward 50+ years and people started getting into low fat diets to lose weight. Since the Ketogenic diet was one of them, people’s attention was turned towards it as a potential, new weight loss diet.
It’s effectiveness in my opinion is about the same as all the other low, or no carb diets that are around now-a-days as they are much more similar than different. They work, but with stipulations. It just has a fancy and marketable name that brings novelty to the weight loss industry.
So that’s pretty much it as far as a simple explanation goes. Meet the new diet, same as the old diet.