Dr. Sarah Hallberg: Do you have to be in ketosis to be successful on a ketogenic diet?

Dr. Sarah Hallberg: Do you have to be in ketosis to be successful on a ketogenic diet?

November 2, 2019 2 By William Morgan


– Do you need to be in
ketosis for the low carb,
high fat diet to be effective?
Or can eating keto-ish be
acceptable or successful?
– Well, that’s a great question,
and honestly the jury is out.
I think that what we know
about ketones are they can be
incredibly important in helping
people know that they’re
doing it right, right?
Because if they have
ketones, what does that mean?
It means that they’re
using fat for energy,
and they’ve got it.
They’re implementing the
lifestyle intervention well.
If they’re doing keto-ish,
and they don’t have that
to judge, I mean it’s really
a little bit more difficult
to say how am I doing today?
Was this food choice a good one for me?
Or did I just make a choice
that’s negative on my
metabolic health?
So I think they can be
really important there.
And we’re just beginning
to understand the benefits
of ketones, so I think more
and more data is coming
out on this, and I would
not be surprised within
the next few years if we
really get a much more
firm stance saying ketones
are critical in health.
There have been studies
recently that came out that show
ketones very specifically
decrease inflammation.
Once again, going back to
remind everyone, key component
of all stages of cardiovascular
disease formation,
inflammation.
Some really nice studies
showing that ketosis
specifically with elevated
ketone levels lead to
decrease in inflammation.
In the other one there
was even longevity studies
that came out, and yes,
it was a mouse study,
but I think it really opens up questions.
I mean where is the
possibility for ketones to play
in so many aspects of disease?
And we mentioned it briefly before.
Right now there are ongoing
a lot of trials with ketones
specifically in cancer and
in many neurologic diseases.
For over 100 years in
fact, ketogenic diets very
specifically needing
those ketones present,
treats epilepsy.
So I think that we’re
gonna find out much more on
exactly what else besides
metabolic health improvements
we may get as a benefit by
following a true ketogenic diet
and implementing that as a lifestyle.
– So stay tuned.
More info to come on ketones
over the next couple of years.
– Yes, absolutely, absolutely.