Many people struggle with weight loss, often trying out a variety of diets to see which will have the best results for them.
Now Australian nutritionist and dietitian Susie Burrell has said that the controversial ketogenic diet has helped people with epilepsy and seizures and can result in rapid weight loss.
‘There is no evidence to show that keto diets are damaging to the body,’ Susie Burrell wrote for news.com.
‘In fact, with their superior weight loss and associated reductions in inflammation in the body, there are a number of benefits, particularly for individuals with high blood glucose levels, fatty liver and significant amounts of weight to lose.’
The ketogenic diet has helped people with epilepsy and seizures over the years and has resulted in rapid weight loss
A keto diet is rich with foods that contain a high amount of healthy fats such as nuts, avocado, oils and fish and the focus is on these good fats rather than bad, like milk, butter and cream.
Ketogenic diets are ones that are low in carbohydrates and are made up of 5-20 per cent of carbohydrates, whereas a standard diet has 30-50 per cent.
If your diet is low in carbohydrates your body is shifted into ‘ketosis’, which is when fat stores in the body are broken down into ketones, which fuel the muscles and the brain.
This then results in enhanced fat burning and relatively quick weight loss.
‘The primary issue with keto diets is that the total amount of carbohydrate consumed needs to be kept very low, or the body will quickly come out of ketosis,’ Ms Burrell said.
A keto diet is rich with foods that contain a high amount of healthy fats such as nuts, avocado, oils and fish
If you have been following the diet religiously but then finish the day with a food that has a high amount of carbohydrates it will mean that you may not see the potential benefits from the diet.
While Ms Burrell believes that a keto diet can work for some people, she does warn that if you go back to a high carb diet afterwards you will gain weight back quickly.
‘Any diet — including a keto approach — will work if people stick to it. but in the case of keto diets, unless you are prepared to eat no grains, bread, cereals, fruit, starchy vegetables or sugars for long periods of time, it probably is not for you.’
She also stated that the next time you try the diet you are most likely not going to see the same results, due to a reduction in metabolism which has resulted due to muscle mass loss from the initial weight loss.
If you have been following the diet religiously but then finish the day with a food that has a high amount of carbohydrates it will mean that you may not see the potential benefits from the diet
Ms Burrell warned that the diet can be low in fibre as most grains, cereals and fruit are eliminated, which could result in constipation and gut discomfort
Ms Burrell warned that the diet can be low in fibre as most grains, cereals and fruit are eliminated, which could result in constipation and gut discomfort.
This means that the gut would not be receiving the probiotics that benefit gut health and immune function, but to avoid this those doing the diet need to pay close attention to what they’re eating.
People who have done the diet have come out saying that through eating less carbs they have noticed an improvement in their physical and mental performance.
However, Ms Burrell said that research published by the Australian Institute of Sport has not found this to be true as athletes who have followed the diet have not seen any improvements.
At the end of the day Ms Burrell stated that any diet will work as long as it is followed properly and for an extended period of time.
‘If you do have significant amounts of weight to lose, or are struggling with high blood sugars or a fatty liver, it may be worth a try but do it with supervision from a dietitian to make sure you are doing it the right way to get the best results without damaging your metabolism or gut health long term.’
Susie Burrell says keto diet gives superior weight loss