What is the Ketogenic Diet?

By Letizia L

The ketogenic diet is a nutritional strategy based on the reduction of carbohydrates intake, which “obliges” the body to independently produce the glucose necessary for survival and to increase the energy consumption of the fats contained in the adipose tissue.

There is not a unique type of ketogenic diet and all dietary styles that provide less than necessary calories, carbohydrates, and sometimes proteins are ketogenic. For example, the Atkins diet and the LCHF diet (low carb, high fat) certainly are low carb and potentially ketogenic.

Ketogenic diets can have many advantages:

They also come with some disadvantages: