The ketogenic diet, explained

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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    New year, new dieting craze. The ketogenic diet is the latest in popular diets in the US. It shares many similarities with the Atkins diet; it’s low-to-no carbs, some protein, and a lot of delicious fat.

    The keto diet isn’t exactly new. It’s been used to treat epilepsy since the 1920s, and it’s had promising outcomes from treating Type 2 Diabetes. However, epilepsy and diabetes aren’t the only reason people give the ketogenic diet a try. It’s also used as a diet for weight loss. The diet banishes most carbs, including fruit, and opts-in for fatty foods like avocados, salmon, eggs, cheese, butter, oil, and the holy grail of fatty meats — bacon.

    Unfortunately, science has not yet proven the keto diet to be the miraculous cure to losing weight, that some kept devotees claim it to be. The more extreme a diet, the harder it is to adhere to, and though the diet may be beneficial to some, that does not mean it will work for all who give it a try. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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  • Vox

     (Mar 13, 2018)

    The ketogenic diet is backed by good science. But findings support it as a treatment for epilepsy, not losing weight. Read our full explainer breaking down the research on

  • Peter K

     (Sep 6, 2018)

    Not just about the weight loss. Eat keto and function better! VERY limited hunger cravings, delicious food and sharper mind. At least that is what I notice. I do keto on and off. Usually a week on and then a month or two off. I can drop the 5lbs I gain over the month or two in a week, super easy. Not water either.

  • Hari Ng Norte

     (Aug 24, 2018)

    pilootdotcom lmao you’re citing another youtube video, very concise.

  • Zuzu

     (Mar 13, 2018)

    *Get ready bois, the comment section will be filled with flame wars*

  • Darwin42

     (Oct 30, 2018)

    Maybe it'll burn some fat too.

  • What I've Learned

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    A bit more thoroughness would have been nice. Your "Why we imagine aliens the way we do" video was even longer than this

  • Tyler Travis

     (Mar 13, 2018)

    This is one of the weaker Vox videos I’ve seen.

  • The Wandering Mariner

     (Sep 1, 2018)

    Totally agree

  • Chase

     (Aug 7, 2018)

    They cited a study on LOW fat diets! The literal opposite of the keto diet! Had they taken the time to actually read the sentence they tried to dramatically highlight: 1:36 “evidence from RCT’s does not support low-fat diets over other dietary interventions.” It looks like the only research they put into this was a few haphazard google searches. Vox should pull this if they value journalistic integrity. People get fired over lesser mistakes.

  • Victor Rusu

     (Mar 16, 2018)

    Keto isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle. It hasn't only weight loss benefits, but also mentally and other health related benefits. Also the keto diet should be combined with intermittent fasting. This video is really superficial and doesn't really help you to understand the benefits of the keto diet.

  • Caleb Fischer

     (Aug 8, 2018)

    Seedzification You care to answer any of the questions I asked that no one else will? Point to ONE healthy, large, and successful group of people throughout history that ate low carb, I can point to DOZENS that ate high carb low fat. I rest my case.

  • Seedzification

     (Aug 8, 2018)

    Nice troll Caleb

  • Lizzy Grant

     (Mar 13, 2018)


  • Bella

     (Mar 23, 2018)

    Lizzy Grant oh ok didnt her the sarcasm ^^ just wanted to help

  • Mi

     (Mar 13, 2018)

    People wouldn't need to go on a diet if they just ate well, ate less, and exercised at least a little bit every day. Everything in moderation.

  • The Eyebrow

     (Jan 17, 2019)

    You dont just eat everything. There are foods we should not consume at all. There is no moderation.

  • jprime007

     (Mar 22, 2018)

    It's not always that easy. And eating less doesn't work for everyone. Not everyone's body is processing food properly, so the amount of food would change nothing.

  • Joshua Edwards

     (Mar 13, 2018)

    I literally just lost 40lbs in 3 months on keto diet. Not watchijg calories and hitting the gym the same 4 times a week as i have for 2 years... No carbs or sugars. And i feel amazing. And its actually suprisingly easy.

  • Vindelextreme 2.0

     (Nov 22, 2018)

    +Kido Edozien he never said he didn't put himself in a caloric deficit. when you only eat fat and protein, it doesn't spike your insulin and ghrelin, 2 hormones that's specific purpose is to store fat and make you hungry. your blood sugar is stable and doesn't drop. thats why you feel like your appetite is satisfied once in ketosis and without having to track your calories you're still in a deficit.

  • The Eyebrow

     (Jul 2, 2018)

    Weight doesnt define health. show us your blood tests. you better not be defecient in anything

  • GooSoldier

     (Mar 13, 2018)

    poorly researched video

  • Lindzee SouperOCD

     (Mar 15, 2018)

    eldukedrino I get paid to teach people the benefits of proper eating and nutritional values and I'll be the first to say keto is not a "shitty diet trend." Most of my patients who are on keto (and following the diet correctly) have shown amazing results. Please don't spread false information based on nothing more than opinion and heresay. Thank you.

  • SilkYSmooTh212

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    eldukedrino really isnt, as long as u workout along with dieting.. ur not supposed to just eat food and sit there and let ur body magically transform.

  • Nathan Clarke

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    You've essentially made a video that says... nothing... After 3 minutes and 48 seconds, you have not given an opinion, you've shown very little research, you have done nothing but say its a hypothesis... This sounds like someone justifying why it's hard to stay on a diet: 2:58Seriously guys, these videos should have more of a point, or at least have a bit more substantive research that helps people make a decision. Or don't make them, please.