This community is for those who follow a ketogenic diet and for those who are interested in learning more about the ketogenic way of eating. Ketogenic diets are not "fad" diets and have medically documented benefits for many diseases. They have been used since the 1920's to manage and control epilepsy and diabetes. Current research is identifying that ketogenic diets may also be protective against Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia as well as certain types of cancer.
Ketogenic eating runs counter to today's conventional wisdom; ketogenic is low carb, moderate protein and high fat.
There is a period of adaptation once a ketogenic diet is undertaken (known as the 'low carb flu'), which can last for a few days to a few weeks. This is because your body is adapting from using glucose (carbs) as the main source of energy to using ketones (fat) for fuel. Once the transition is completed, you will most likely find you have more energy than before.
A ketogenic diet is ideal for anyone with metabolic issues such as insulin resistance. It is known to dramatically improve seizure control in epileptics and also quickly normalize blood sugar levels in diabetics and pre-diabetics. Triglyceride levels usually drop like a stone, weight loss can be steady despite high fat intake, blood pressure may normalize and often medications can be reduced or eliminated in short order.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom, patients eating this diet rarely see an increase in lipid levels (cholesterol, etc.). Many physicians are cautious about recommending a keto diet for their patients because of the levels of fat, although as additional clinical research results become more widely available, this will hopefully change.
As with any eating program, keto is not for everyone; only you can decide whether it is for you. There is no actual medical advice offered here, please consult your physician for that.
This community is intended for members and visitors to learn, share their keto success stories or their frustration with lack of progress, post helpful links and generally be a positive place for keto'ers.
New members and visitors, please post an introduction so we can get to know you!