Dr Suzie Edge on 21st century nutrition and health

Low Carb and Ketogenic Diets

Low Carb and Ketogenic Diets

Ketogenic diets are beginning to have a real impact.

As a quick introduction, a ketogenic diet is one that limits carbohydrate to a point where ketones are produced as a result of the body using fat as a fuel source. Typically that involves reducing carbohydrate intake to about 20g or less. Some people achieve this with more carbs, some restrict more. The carbohydrates come from non-starchy vegetables (lots of them) and other sources such as eggs, dairy, nuts and seeds etc. Protein should be moderate – and none of that lean stuff! Eating a low carb diet does not mean heavily calorie restricting (the hard part of old-fashioned diets that end in failure) and it does mean eating fat, lots of good fat. This means accepting that what we have been told about dietary fat has been wrong.

I am a big believer in experimenting and finding what works for you but I doubt you’ll find the answers in any current government guidelines or advice. I am not out to tell you what you are allowed to eat, the choice is yours but if you’re interested, then stick around and I will add to this page with more interesting and useful info.

If you want to know more, here’s my guide to getting started.