The Aitkens diet is a Ketogenic Diet!!!
High fat, low carbohydrate to put a person in ketosis.There are varying amounts of carbohydrate and fat to get ketosis but essentially it is about getting as little energy from carbohydrate foods <10% of energy, and increasing fat to really high levels so the body relys on getting its energy from coverting fat into ketones as a source of energy instead of glucose.
A systematic review of low-carbohydrate/ KD find that the weight loss achieved is related to the restriction of energy intake, but not the restriction of carbohydrates. While weight loss may be more quickly achieved on a low-carbohydrate diet in the short term, in the long term there is often no difference when compared with less restrictive diets.
The ideology around the KD is weight loss is achieved because of the depletion of glycogen stores, leading to excretion of bound water, the ketogenic nature of the diet being appetite suppressing, the high protein-content being highly satiating and reducing spontaneous food intake, or limited food choices leading to decreased energy intake. The long-term effect on nutritional status and body composition cardiovascular risk factors and knowledge of other adverse effect is still largely unknown.
So while short term weight loss goals maybe achieved long term health may not be, as it restricts beans, lentils, fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, milk - food providing some very valuable nutrients for long term health
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