2. It Helps You Reduce Harmful Belly Fat
Source: Volek JS, et al. Comparison of energy-restricted very low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets on weight loss and body composition in overweight men and women.Nutrition and Metabolism, 2004.
Abdominal obesity, or excess belly fat, is a serious risk factor for all sorts of metabolic diseases (11, 12).
This kind of stored fat can increase the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and premature death (12).
Interestingly, a ketogenic diet is a very effective way to lose belly fat.
As shown in the graph above, a ketogenic diet reduced total weight, body fat and abdominal trunk fat much more than a low-fat diet did (11).
These findings were more apparent in men than women, probably because men tend to store more fat in this area.
Bottom Line: A ketogenic diet can help you lose belly fat, which is closely linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and reduced life expectancy.