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do diets which put you into ketosis work better than lower calorie? would you see better results on low carb diets?

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Low-carb (high protein) diets that do not eliminate or severely restrict carbohydrates will give better results than the simple lower calorie diet. At the end of the day, however - calories in must be less than calories out for weight loss to occur!
Answered on Dec 30, 2015
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Dr. Matthew Griffin
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes. Its not the number of calories but the hormonal state the body is in when those calories are eaten that make the difference. Specifically, high insulin (which is leptin blocking) means whatever calories you eat are stored away in the belly. Low insulin (yielding proper leptin signals from fat cells to hypothalmus) means whatever calories you eat are used for energy.
Dec 30, 2015

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