Let’s start by saying that this study that I am presenting to you is a study conducted on mice, and not on humans. So there are some limitations, and we must take them into account.
But if you are a woman and have tried the ketogenic diet with no appreciable results, it may console you to know that the fault is not yours, but the diet. In fact, it seems that the ketogenic diet, therefore a diet with a high fat content, low carbohydrates, moderate protein intake, is not exactly ideal for women who want to lose weight.
KETOGEN DIET FOR WOMEN: WHY NOT.
I already talked about it in this article: the low-carb diet is not a diet for women.
In fact, I had analyzed the problem of a woman’s need for carbohydrates , which is important to achieve adequately, or at the limit sufficient (from 100 to 150 grams per day) to avoid hormonal imbalances.
Not too long ago, Robb Wolf, one of the gurus of the Paleo diet, which is essentially low-carb, had recommended that women following this diet not drop below 75 grams of daily carbohydrates for sedentary women, and a minimum of one hundred for moderately active ones.
Even the theory that women would use fat better for energy purposes , as has been seen in some studies, is always limited to the question of physical exercise.
That is, it has been seen that women can do longer workouts relying on fat for energy purposes without major repercussions on performance. But the studies have focused on the differences in energy adaptation in female athletes.
And they do not conclude that a woman can do without carbohydrates in the diet.
KETOGEN DIET FOR WOMEN: DO NOT LOSE BUT FAT
The new study, subjecting a group of male and female mice to the ketogenic diet for 2 weeks, determined that female mice did not lose body fat.
And by eating more fat, they put on weight.
This is especially true for female mice of childbearing age. Female mice in which estrogen production was blocked lost fat and weight like male mice. Now this is important. It means that, as I mentioned in my article, hormone factors do matter in weight loss. Especially for women.
Finally, health side effects occurred more in male mice than in female mice, especially in the liver. Researchers from Iowa University who conducted the study and presented it at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting say that, male or female, it is best to seek medical attention before undergoing a ketogenic diet.
And we come to the question that many women are asking themselves now.
And how do women who lose weight on the ketogenic diet do it?
The answer is simple: they count calories . Or they eat very little if they rely on keto weight loss programs.
If you consume 1000 calories or less with two ketogenic shakes, it makes sense that you lose weight. But go hungry.
Because one gram of fat equals 9 calories, more than double the amount of protein and carbohydrates.
If you are on a 1200 calorie ketogenic diet, and you need to eat 70 or 75% fat of the diet, you eat very little compared to a balanced diet. On a low-carb diet, there is more protein than in the ketogenic diet.
The good thing is that ketosis takes away hunger. But you have to get there.
And it can take two to three weeks before you feel this lack of hunger.
So either you’re active and can afford a 1600 calorie keto diet, or the solution is simple: you don’t do the ketogenic diet.