Over the last few weeks we’ve been talking about diet and weight loss. I tend to view weight loss/gain from an energy balance perspective and contend that folks losing weight (associated with fat) on carbohydrate-restricted diets such as keto are likely just eating fewer calories than they were before. For the record, this is my view on any diet: if weight is being lost it’s all about the calories.
I’ve had a few reader questions in response to last week’s article about fat and fad diets along the lines of:
I know someone on the keto diet that has lost 30 pounds. It really seems like a diet that works. Thoughts?
The keto diet encourages its adherents to get the bulk (80 to 90 percent) of their caloric intake from fat. Essentially, it is an extreme version of the Atkins™ Diet. By significantly limiting the caloric intake of carbohydrates, the body is deprived of its normal fuel source (glucose) and forced to turn its fat stores into ketone bodies (i.e., ketosis).
It’s difficult these days to find anyone with disposable income in America who isn’t following some type of diet regime. Indeed, whether we’re talking about newer fads such as keto, Whole30Ⓡ, or paleo or older ones such as juicing, Atkins™, or The ZoneⓇ I always marvel at how sure members in their respective diet-tribes are of the correctness of their convictions.
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