In the military services where obesity is a challenge, dieticians and doctors are hopeful that a new study on ketogenic diet could prove useful in a military setting.
At the Ohio State University this study observed 29 people. Most of these participants being from the camps ROTC program. 15 of the participants followed a strict ketogenic diet for 3 months while their 14 peers continued to eat as they normally had.
These now popular ketogenic diets are low in carbohydrates and focus on a moderate consumption of protein while appropriate fats are eaten to ensure fullness. The namesake of the diet comes from the goal of the proportions eaten—a state of ketosis. In this state the body would burn fat and not carbs for energy. No pun intended keto is the flavor of the month. It is being study in relation to everything from diabetes management to use by endurance athletes.
Published in the “Military Medicine” journal, the study observed that the keto diet patients lost n impressive average of seventeen pounds and maintained ketosis for twelve weeks with support from study team members. The group lost about five percent body fat total, and forty-four percent of visceral (or belly) fat. They also demonstrated a forty-eight percent insulin sensitivity improvement.
The normal-diet group who were eating on average at least forty percent carbohydrates experienced none of the observed changes from the keto group.
While small, the study is promising and the first of its kind to look at keto and military participants. It features a variety of exciting results.