New Weight Loss Diet: Ketogenic Diet Curbs Hunger, Fights Cancer

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Jun 23, 2015 06:33 AM EDT

Obesity has always been one of the major health problems among individuals around the world because of its link to death-causing medical conditions. Luckily, a recent study confirms that high-fat, low-carb ketogenic, Atkins and Paleo diets are not only effective in suppressing appetite, but can also aid in preventing diseases.

Dietitian Alice Gibson of the University of Sydney Medical School tells Celebrity Health Fitness that their findings, which was published in Obesity Reviews, only confirms that individuals high-fat, low-carb diets may be consuming little calories but not become hungry afterwards.

Experts say that the reason behind this is the satiating effect of fat, which holds back hunger better than carbohydrates or protein. Although low-fat diet has always been the accepted solution for weight loss, a high-fat, low-carb diet will increase the reduction process without changing the amount of calories, because the body is burning fat for energy.

Medical Xpress also reports that according to the study, people on very-low-energy diets have less hunger and greater satiety, while people on ketogenic diets experience gradual reduction in appetite. Ketosis, or the metabolic state where there is elevated levels of ketones in the body, appears to be the best explanation why an individual on a high-fat, low-carb diet doesn't easily feel hungry.

Dr. Eric Westman, an obesity expert from Duke University Lifestyle Clinic and an advocate of the high-fat ketogenic, Atkins and Paleo diets, has helped many morbidly obese patients by incorporating the "eat fat to get thin" mantra in his daily work. His book, "Keto Clarity" explains that fat helps people feel full, thus should not be treated as bad food.

Another advantage of the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet is its proven effectivity in managing diseases. In the book "The Cantin Ketogenic Diet for Cancer, Type 1 & 2 Diabetes, Epilepsy & Other Ailments", Elaine Cantin states how the ketogenic diet helped her manage her son's diabetes and her breast cancer. 

Healing Gourmet blogger Kelley Herring writes that the ketogenic diet is the natural, effective metabolic therapy to prevent cancer cells from growing as they thrive only on glucose, and can't make a switch once the body enters ketosis state.

Additionally, Dr. Thomas Seyfried states in his "Cancer as a Metabolic Disease" book that ketogenic diet can prevent cancer by starving cancer cells. Dr. Dominic D'Agostino seconds Dr. Seyfried's claim because his research showed cancer cells cannot survive on ketones alone when the body enters ketosis, which in turn reduces glucose and insulin.

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