A New Zealand woman credits the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet for her stunning 110-pound weight loss, Stuff NZ reported. Ariana Omipi slimmed down from 287 pounds to 177 pounds in just seven months by eating lots of fat, moderate amounts of protein, and very few carbs.
Ariana started the low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) ketogenic diet in July 2013 and has since undergone a jaw-dropping makeover. "I was pretty much at a bad place in my life," said Omipi, who now weighs 171 pounds. "There were two ways to go: keep eating and having those destructive kind of behaviors, or do something different."
Omipi, 19, chose the ketogenic diet because it has been proven to produce rapid weight loss without hunger. Ariana still wants to lose more weight to reach her goal of 143 pounds, but said she'll follow the Paleo diet to reach her weight-loss target because it's less restrictive than the ketogenic diet, which typically limits daily carb intake to less than 50 grams a day.
The Paleo diet emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, vegetables and fruits, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, starches, alcohol and processed foods. The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and has a huge celebrity following, including Tim McGraw, Megan Fox, and supermodel Adriana Lima.
Research shows the Paleo diet works well for women because it reduces the blood sugar spikes and hormone surges that fuel overeating, mood swings and weight gain, said Esther Blum, author of Cavewomen Don't Get Fat.
Eating Fat Doesn't Make You Fat
While few people had even heard of the ketogenic diet until recently, it has become increasingly popular as a way to lose weight quickly and prevent heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's and even depression.
The ketogenic diet is enjoying more mainstream popularity now that the medical community has reversed its longstanding position on saturated fat, as research confirms that carbs — not fat — are the cause of weight gain and inflammation-fueled diseases.
More cardiologists now say unprocessed saturated fat is healthy and has been wrongly blamed for causing heart disease, obesity and other degenerative illnesses. For the past four decades, the medical and diet communities have vociferously advised people to avoid fat, especially the saturated fats found in animal proteins. During that time, the obesity rate in the United States has skyrocketed, as have diabetes and heart disease.
Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter said corporate greed on the part of the wheat industry and snack manufacturers was behind the vilification of saturated fat. Dr. Perlmutter, the author of Grain Brain, told me the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet prevents ADHD and Alzheimer's disease.
"Carbs are devastating for the brain," said Dr. Perlmutter, who himself follows the ketogenic diet. "The brain thrives on a fat-rich low-carbohydrate diet. Even slight elevations in blood sugar have been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease."
Dr. Jeff Volek, a dietitian and professor at the University of Connecticut, agrees. Volek, author of the Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living, told me consuming a low-carb diet high in unprocessed saturated fat reverses type 2 diabetes, prevents heart disease, and fuels rapids weight loss. "There are very few people that a ketogenic diet could not help," he said.