The Keto Diet: Can Eating Mostly Fat Help You Lose Weight?

The Keto Diet: Can Eating Mostly Fat Help You Lose Weight?


Can eating mostly fat help you lose weight?
On paper, the ketogenic diet sounds great. The keto diet originated as a treatment for
epileptic children in the 1920s. The diet requires getting 80-90 percent of daily calories from fat and proteins—almost none from carbohydrates. But don’t we need carbs? Breaking down carbs into smaller molecules is how the body fuels itself. The average American gets 46-56 percent of their calories from carbs. The keto diet forces the body into a state of mild starvation. Your body is deprived of fuel—or carbs—and burns fat instead. The body enters ketosis—a process that turns fat stores into keto bodies. They act as substitutes for molecules like glucose that you’d normally get from carbs. Does the diet work? Weight loss on the keto diet might just be from a reduction in total calories. Thinking about what you eat typically leads to decreased food consumption. Initial losses are also probably due to shedding water weight. Is the diet good for you? Eating 90 percent fat isn’t good for your heart health. It’s hard to get the nutrients of a “balanced” diet when you’re limiting most of your fiber sources. Low-carb diets can be dangerous to people with cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Especially people prone to high lipid levels. Your entire body is designed to run on carbs. The benefits of decreasing body fat won’t necessarily outweigh the downside of eating mostly fats.

12 thoughts on “The Keto Diet: Can Eating Mostly Fat Help You Lose Weight?

  1. Plant based fats like avocado and nuts are healthy in moderation. Animal fats are never healthy and in fact are responsible for most chronic diseases and autoimmune diseases.

  2. If losing weight is your goal, only the number of calories is relevant. Sure there are more and less healthy foods, but for the goal of weight loss that does not directly matter at all.

  3. This is an oversimplification that's almost misleading. Where is the scientific data supporting this conclusion that the keto diet is harmful or ineffective? Why no mention of how there are "good" and "bad" fats?

    Harvard Public Health gives a more complete picture of dietary fat: https://bit.ly/2ahKI2E. It's not as simple as just high fat = bad.

  4. I'm disappointed in this as well as the article I read on popsci recently. The info is not accurate and is misleading. Keto can be excellent for weight loss and a healthy way to lose weight. The goal is to be in ketosis. Many people can easily be in ketosis with less than 85-90% of their intake being from fat. Keto can be excellent for reversing type 2 diabetes and greatly reduce the risk of diseases that T2D brings about. This site is usually more factual but now I will have to question much more of what I see here.

  5. Code Red is better.

    or so I've been told.
    I need to lose weight, but I'm not willing to give up carbs. I'll probably never diet… just lay off the snacks and sugar, and drink a lot of water every day and get a healthy sleep schedule.

  6. wondering if the person who put this video together has a clue what their brain is made of. NAHHHH Been on the diet for many months. I am never really hungry as I dont eat much in the way of processed foods. Remember the first thing about low fat foods they taste like crap. most are either full of sugar and salt. and the ones that are "DIE t" foods will kill you as in DIE … Did you know aspertame is only one molecule change from DDT? yup DIE. All these man made chemicals do a great job of turning off your receptors in your brain so you never know when you are full. Did I mention DIE? Oh and for the idiot at pop science.. the brain is mostly FATS

  7. I must have lost 80 pounds of water weight over the last year eating carnivore which is a subtype of keto diet !

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