Researchers have confirmed that the keto diet burns ten times more fat than a standard American diet, even without exercise.
The researchers studied people who have type 2 diabetes or were at risk of developing it when they found that those following the low-carb plan, saw the most health benefits compared to those on a typical diet.
The ketogenic plan is relatively high in fat and advocates moderate protein. The diet is said to put the body into an ‘optimal’ fat burning state.
Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Rihanna are huge fans of the diet.
They claim that following it, they saw significantly better results in terms of their weight, body fat percentage, body mass index (BMI), blood sugar levels and ketones which break down fat.
In addition, their resting metabolic rate (the rate at which your body burns energy when it is at complete rest) was more than ten times than those who ate a standard diet.
Metabolic syndrome is the medical term meaning: a cluster of conditions increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels, that occur together. All of which increase your risk the heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Researchers from Bethel University in Minnesota studied 30 women and men, aged 18 and 65, each of which had previously been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, or type 2 diabetes.
Their body fat percentage above 30 percent and their BMI was greater than or equal to 25 (or waist circumference above 37 for men and 31.5 for women.)
They were placed into three groups, in the order, they signed up for the study.
The first group consumed a diet of fewer than 30 grams of carbohydrates per day and did not exercise for ten weeks.
The second group also did not exercise while they ate their normal diet.
The third group ate their normal diet and exercised for three to five days per week for 30 minutes a session.
The results showed that after ten weeks, while ample evidence indicates that exercise is beneficial, the health benefits produced were not as strong as following a ketogenic diet.
The authors wrote: ‘All variables for the ketogenic group out-performed those of the exercise and non-exercise groups, with five of the seven demonstrating statistical significance.’
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