The ketone diet, also known as ketogenic diet, is a popular low carbohydrate diet. A recent study found that dieters in the plan lost more than two stones in half a year. Diet also includes lots of fat, which is essential to achieve a state of ketosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state in which the body burns fat for energy rather than carbohydrates.
A study on the diet of the Departments of Surgery, Medicine and Physiology of the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Kuwait revealed that, on average, subjects lost 13.5 kg, slightly more than two stones.
Within six months the average weight dropped from 101 kg to 87.5 kg.
In addition, the mean BMI dropped from 37.7 to 32.
This is falling from class II obesity to class I obesity.
The scientists found: "This study shows the beneficial effects of a long-term ketogenic diet.
"It significantly reduced body weight and body mass index of patients."
What foods can you eat in keto?
Keto foods include many animal products and fresh vegetables. This includes the likes of:
Low-carbohydrate vegetables such as cauliflower
Clinical nutritionist Suzie Sawyer describes the keto diet as being "very effective for weight loss."
Your ideal meal plan in the keto diet is: "Eggs and bacon for breakfast, crackling meat at lunch and steamed fish with assorted vegetables for dinner, all fit for the bill."
She added: "You can choose the rate at which you want to lose weight by closely monitoring the total number of calories ingested daily.
"For example, if you want to lose one pound a week (a sensible approach), a midsize lady would need to consume about 1,500 calories per day. About 65% of those calories would come from fat. "