Controversy surrounding the Ketogenic Diet has focused on the side effects of the people who take it but rarely focuses on the effect of each gender. Studies have shown that men and women experience weight loss very differently, in part due to the metabolic differences between the sexes and that women tend to carry more fat then men in general.
However, when it comes to a diet of vast weight loss like the Ketogenic diet, it is interesting to look into the effects it has on women, both the positive and negative. A study done on the effects on the Ketogenic diet had shown a great increase in health for both women and men not just in weight but in other elements of health too, in fact this particular study examined more women than men, (44 to 39 accordingly). Both genders showed significant weight loss in the six months the study was done.
With this success there also must be noted side effects of the Ketogenic diet. Focusing on women it has been noted that women seem to have irregular menstrual cycles that can eventually lead to being temporarily barren. Now, as serious as it seems this is merely temporary and the body will adjust as the diet is continued. Further, women have shared online the differences in diet between men and women and the different foods when should eat in order to stay in ketosis and not have to worry about eating too much meat and protein, meat having been known to have negative effects during a menstrual period and too much protein for women can impede on weight loss as they require less then men.
Overall the ketogenic diet provides a positive outcome for both men and women alike but it is important to eat according to your personal bodily needs. There are ways to remain in Ketoisis without sacrificing personal comfort .
The Ketogenic diet also known as Keto; a high fat, low carb diet slowly growing in popularity that goes beyond the common fad diet. Spreading globally through social media sites such as Tumblr and Reddit, the Ketogenic diet has caught the attention of many dieters with it being commonly known as the “bacon diet,” the Keto diet uses a high fat, low carb system for vast weight loss. A controversial diet that has been built upon since the 1920’s is slowly working its way into the mainstream, most noticeably by the Atkins diet, a form of Keto.
Lyle McDonald wrote a complete guide to the Keto diet, explaining in depth the science behind the diet to achieve weight loss with maximum results.
McDonald describes the Keto diet’s success by the bodies transition from using carbohydrates for energy, to using Ketones stating: “Ketone bodies are a by-product of the incomplete breakdown of FFA in the liver. They serve as a non-carbohydrate, fat-derived fuel for tissues such as the brain.” Being on a low carb diet causes your body to enter a state of Ketosis in which the body uses Ketones and fat for energy instead of the standard carbohydrate.
A major part of the controversy stems from common misconceptions about the diet, many people feel that because of its nickname “The Bacon diet,” it projects the idea that you eat as much fatty foods as you want to lose weight. However, like any diet you must stay within a calorie limit as well as a carb and fat percentage in order to successfully lose weight or conversely to add surplus in order to gain weight for those who wish to gain lean mass. Yes, you can eat bacon and various other meats and lose weight but it is recommended that you eat some greens too. For more information on Keto visit Keto specialized websites or for those who are currently using Keto and are struggling watch this informative video on the common mistakes of Keto: