A ketogenic diet is an effective way to lose weight and lower risk factors for disease (8Trusted Source, 9Trusted Source, 10Trusted Source, 11Trusted Source, 12Trusted Source, 13Trusted Source).
In fact, research shows that the ketogenic diet is far superior to the often recommended low-fat diet (2Trusted Source, 14Trusted Source, 15Trusted Source, 16Trusted Source).
What’s more, the diet is so filling that you can lose weight without counting calories or tracking your food intake (16Trusted Source).
One study found that people on a ketogenic diet lost 2.2 times more weight than those on a calorie-restricted low-fat diet. Triglyceride and HDL cholesterol levels also improved (17Trusted Source).
Another study found that people on the ketogenic diet lost 3 times more weight than those on the diet recommended by Diabetes UK (18Trusted Source).
There are several reasons why a ketogenic diet is superior to a low-fat diet, including the increased protein intake, which provides numerous benefits (14Trusted Source, 19Trusted Source, 20Trusted Source).
The increased ketones, lower blood sugar levels and improved insulin sensitivity may also play a key role (21Trusted Source, 22Trusted Source, 23Trusted Source, 24Trusted Source, 25Trusted Source, 26Trusted Source).
For more details on the weight loss effects of a ketogenic diet, read this article.