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Ketosis – an appetising solution for weight management?

The ketogenic diet (very low carbohydrate, high fat and protein) produces a 50% greater appetite suppressant effect compared to other very low calories weight loss diets. These results, which are achieved after three weeks of a ketogenic state are not different between men and women. Questions remain concerning the long term health effects of this diet on the gut microbiome and general health given the lack of fruit, vegetables and grains. Australians currently spend $309.9 million annually on weight loss services, low-calorie weight loss foods and dietary supplements [1], and this figure isn't expected to slow down anytime soon with most people regaining the weight they’ve lost [2-4]. Maintaining diet-induced weight loss is physiologically challenging and brings with it compensatory responses on both sides of the energy balance equation [5] which are driven by interactions between the gut and brain. The result - an increase in hunger and reduction in fullness [6-8] combined wit…

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