Keto-flu, ketogenesis, and Carb-Tolerance: Part 2

A Summary of Our Research: How did people ‘feel’ on a keto diet? Very little research has been conducted on people’s subjective experiences of diet. The study of this is incredibly important because if we are to properly understand diet and prescribe, based on holistic effects, we need to know how people feel! Subjective perceptions of people on a keto-diet We analysed this in a qualitative study.  We identified our participants subjective mood and experiences related to the ketogenic diet from daily diary entries and focus group findings. Read more & listen to the audio below A summary of our keto research, part 2. Despite some initial challenges with the diet, especially gastrointestinal effects (mostly related to high levels of MCTs!), the overall perception of the diet was positive. There were appreciable benefits for wellbeing, mood, sleep, and sugar cravings reported, with negative experiences decreasing as participants adapted to the keto-diet.3 These findings suggested that the overall experience of a very-low-carb keto diet is positive, but varies markedly between individuals. The preceding studies suggested that increased ketonaemia might positively affect symptoms of carbohydrate withdrawal during keto-induction, and mood, but it is unclear whether diets differing in carbohydrate content and resulting in differing levels of ketonaemia would elicit similar effects. Ketosis and keto-flu in non-keto low-carb diets The final study of this collective body of work was a randomised clinical trial comparing a ketogenic diet, a low-carb diet and moderate-low-carb diet consisting of 5%, 15%, and 25% of total energy (TE)…