The low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet is a proven way to lose weight (1).
It also has powerful benefits against type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, and may even help treat cancer (2, 3, 4).
Additionally, it has been used to treat epilepsy since the 1920s (2).
Here are 10 graphs that show the many powerful benefits of a ketogenic diet.
1. It Can Help You Lose More Fat
Source: Johnstone AM, et al. Effects of a high-protein ketogenic diet on hunger, appetite, and weight loss in obese men feeding ad libitum. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2008.
Over 20 studies have shown that a low-carb or ketogenic diet can help you lose weight. The weight loss is usually much greater than with a high-carb diet (5).
In the graph above, the ketogenic group in the study lost more weight, despite the fact that their protein and calorie intake were equal to the non-ketogenic group (6).
The ketogenic group was also less hungry and found it easier to stick to the diet.
This suggests that a low-carb or ketogenic diet provides a distinct “metabolic advantage” over a high-carb diet, although this is still being debated (7, 8, 9, 10).
Bottom Line: The ketogenic diet is effective for weight loss. It is superior to a high-carb diet, and may even provide a metabolic advantage.