What is the ketogenic diet and should I try it?

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By Keri Glassman, R.D.

The ketogenic diet is having a moment. And, its 15 minutes of fame don’t appear to be fading anytime soon. So, why is keto so popular right now?

The ketogenic diet has actually been around for a long time and was originally created to help treat kids with epilepsy. One reason it may have gained attention (aside from celebs touting it on Instagram) is that it is similar — but even more extreme — to the wildly popular Atkins diet. And, we all remember the Atkins era. People lost weight fast.

On a keto diet as well, people tend to see quick results. Another possibility for its popularity is that it’s an easy diet to understand due to some straightforward rules.

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What is keto?

In case you haven’t jumped on the keto train and are wondering what exactly all the hype is about, here you go: The diet is very high fat and (almost) no carb. The ratio of fat to carbs and protein is 4:1. The goal of the ketogenic diet is to burn fat for energy rather than carbohydrates, resulting in weight loss. And, advocates claim there are many benefits beyond the number on the scale going down.