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Monday, 2 December 2019

WEIGHT LOSS NEWS: Very-low-calorie ketogenic diets are effective for weight loss

On Diet Doctor site recently, Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE writes:

New review: very-low-calorie ketogenic diets are effective for weight loss 

At Diet Doctor site, we’ve been writing about the benefits of ketogenic diets for weight loss and health for years. 

Now a large review of clinical trials and cohort studies has concluded that very-low-calorie, ketogenic diets (VLCKDs) are both safe and effective for achieving weight loss in people who are overweight or obese: 

Of the 12 studies included in the review, 4 were randomized, controlled trials (RCTs). In all studies, overweight and obese adults reported consuming fewer than 800 calories and 50 grams of carbs per day for several weeks. This strict phase was followed by a gradual increase in calorie and carb intake as part of a multi-phase intervention. 

In the initial phase, weight loss averaged 22 pounds (10 kg) in studies where the ketogenic diet was consumed for less than 4 weeks, and 33 pounds (15 kg) in studies where the ketogenic diet period lasted 4-12 weeks. In addition, study participants experienced beneficial changes in several health markers, including lower triglycerides, blood pressure, and liver enzymes. 

Only three studies had follow-up periods lasting two or more years. Interestingly, the researchers of those studies reported that many people were able to maintain most of the weight they’d lost during the initial phase of the VLCKD, even though their calorie and carb intake had increased over time. 

At Diet Doctor, we feel that deliberate, drastic calorie restriction isn’t necessary for weight loss on a ketogenic diet. After all, high-quality evidence has repeatedly demonstrated that ketogenic diets reduce appetite, leading to a spontaneous decrease in calorie intake. However, we’re encouraged that researchers are studying VLCKDs and showing that they can be safely used to “jump start” weight loss, bridging to a nutrient-dense, low-carbohydrate lifestyle that can be sustained long term.

Words and picture above, plus reference links can be seen here
You may also like to read 'Introduction to Low Carb For Beginners', see it here

Dear reader, you will find a variety of articles, studies etc. plus recent news/views and recipe ideas within this blog, we hope something for everyone to read and enjoy. Please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Tom said...

...something that I need to do.

Sandra Cox said...


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Margaret D said...

Interesting read.

Elephant's Child said...

Some impressive results.

baili said...

thank you for sharing valuable knowledge dear Jan!

Valerie-Jael said...

Great results. Valerie


Interesante aartículo, para evitar el sobrepeso. Ya mismo entramos en una fiesta, muy propicias para pasarse en clorías, los turrones, los mazapanes y demás dulces de Navidad, están cargados de calorías.


DMS said...

How interesting. This is the first I am reading of the actual studies done- so thank for sharing. :)

CJ Kennedy said...

Good to know

DVArtist said...

You always provide such good news here.

Sue said...

Very interesting results here x

DUTA said...

ketogenic or not, low-calorie diet always works. This, and a 7-8 hour sleep.

William Kendall said...

Very good information.