Oncologists Don’t Like This Diet Because it Kills Cancer, Treats Depression, and Migraines

A ketogenic diet (keto) is a very low-carb diet, which turns the body into a fat-burning machine. It has many potential benefits for weight loss, health, and performance, but also some potential initial side effects.

A ketogenic diet is similar to other strict low-carb diets, like the Atkins diet or LCHF (low carb, high fat). These diets often end up being ketogenic more or less by accident. The main difference between strict LCHF and keto is that protein is restricted in the latter.

A keto diet is designed specifically to result in ketosis. It’s possible to measure and adapt to reach optimal ketone levels for health, weight loss, or for physical and mental performance.

As ketogenic diets require 50 to 70 percent of your calories come from beneficial fats, your body learns to burn fat for energy. During this state, the body produces ketones, made from fats processed in the liver.

Weight Loss, Cancer-Fighting, and Brain Health
First, ketogenic diets can aid in weight loss, as our bodies gradually relearn to use fat as a primary fuel, producing ketones from stored body fat.

Second, ketogenic diets may be effective in combating cancer, as cancer cells rely on sugar for tumor growth; cancer cells cannot metabolically shift to use fat. At least one researcher hypothesizes that ketone bodies stop cancers by changing the availability of energy processes.

Third, ketogenic diets may help protect your brain, as some research has shown promising results in Parkinson’s patients.