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Dr. Oz: Ketogenic diet boosts weight loss, can prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s

Dr. Mehmet Oz said the low carb, high-fat ketogenic diet can accelerate weight loss, boost fat-burning, enhance brain power, and prevent diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s on the May 18 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

Dr. Oz’s guest was celebrity fitness expert Drew Manning, who said the ketogenic diet fuels weight loss by forcing the body to burn stored fat for fuel through a metabolic state called ketosis.

In 2012, Manning intentionally gained 70 pounds to empathize with his obese clients, as Examiner has reported. Drew then lost all the weight with a ketogenic diet and now has the rippling six-pack abs he had before his weight gain.

The ketogenic diet was first used to treat epileptic seizures in children in the 1920s and was later used to manage diabetes before the invention of injectable insulin.

The ketogenic diet — which is a low carb high-fat, moderate-protein diet — was first popularized as a weight loss tool in the 1970s, when Dr. Robert Atkins (creator of the Atkins diet) put it on the map.

Many celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and LeBron James, have recently used a high-fat, ketogenic-style diet to lose weight.

While dietary fat has been demonized for the past 40 years as the cause of obesity and heart disease, scientists now say eating fat does not make you fat.

The seismic shift in the health community’s attitudes about dietary fat was spotlighted in the June 2014 issue of Time magazine, which reversed its 40-year stance against saturated fat, as Examiner has reported. Since then, a growing body of scientific research suggests ketogenic-style diets are better than low-fat diets for weight loss and disease prevention.

In addition to aiding weight loss, studies show the ketogenic diet can reverse type 2 diabetes and prevent Alzheimer’s because unprocessed saturated fat has neuroprotective qualities. A growing body of research also suggests the ketogenic diet prevents cancer and starves cancer cells, Celebrity Health Fitness reported.

Cancer scientist Dr. Thomas Seyfried of Boston College said his decades of research show cancer is a metabolic — not a genetic — disease that can be managed with the ketogenic diet. “The ketogenic diet is a single metabolic approach to a multitude of different diseases,” Dr. Seyfried told Examiner.

 

Source: Examiner.com

By Samantha Chang

 

 

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