There has been a lot of hype over the last few years around high protein or ‘ketogenic’ diets. But we’ve heard about the ‘latest and greatest’ diet enough times to know not to immediately trust it…So what do we actually know about how ketogenic diets can help us lose weight?
What is a ketogenic diet?
Ketosis is the term given to our metabolic state (how our bodies use energy) when we switch from using carbohydrates as our main energy source to ketone bodies from the breakdown of fats or protein. This is what happens when we fast for a prolonged period or when we eat a very low carbohydrate diet. It’s when we are in ketosis that we can potentially achieve the benefits associated with ketogenic diets and this can be measured by medical professionals looking for ketone body levels in our blood.
Why the boost in popularity of ketogenic diets?
High protein, low carbohydrate diets have been touted as the ‘holy grail of dieting’ by some as there seems to be evidence that ketogenic diets can be very effective for weight loss.
There are a few reasons why taking a high protein approach might be better than other diets:
Can I achieve sustainable weight loss on a high protein diet?
I’m sure you’re well aware, as most people are, of the most difficult part of any diet – keeping the weight you’ve lost off! Although ketogenic diets aren’t meant to be continued for life they can be a useful tool for helping to shift some weight initially. Maintaining a focus on high protein intake while reintroducing carbohydrates can help to sustain the health benefits of the ketogenic diet and prevent weight regain in the future. The only way to safely achieve ketosis and ensure you aren’t doing any lasting damage to your body is to do it under medical supervision. This is why here at Temple Vie we offer an effective weight loss and maintenance programme that really works, all the while under the full supervision of qualified medical staff.