Current evidence suggests that low-carbohydrate/Ketogenic diets do not offer a fat loss advantage over non-Keto diets when caloric and protein intake are matched. As long as you are in a caloric deficit, and consuming adequate amounts of protein to preserve lean body mass, you can lose fat just as effectively on a high-carb diet as you can on a Keto diet.
Individuals who follow a Keto diet tend to consume fewer calories than those on a regular diet. This is likely due to the fact that foods typically consumed on a Keto diet can be quite filling, which makes sense considering fats are the most satiating macronutrient!
It’s important to recognize that carbohydrates are not evil. Carbs are our primary fuel source. They provide energy for muscle function and they are also the main fuel for our brain.
However, one of the most important factors with any diet strategy is how well YOU can stick to it. So, if a Keto diet sounds appealing to you, it is worth trying!
If you’re curious about the Keto diet, or finding out what diet is best for you and your goals, reach out to our Registered Dietitian Eddie Fitzgerald at Eddie.firstname.lastname@example.org for a FREE 30-minute initial consultation.
By Eddie Fitzgerald, RD, LDN, Performance Dietitian