The keto diet helps men – not women – lose weight, new research suggests

One group of women still seem to benefit from the popular diet.

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  • Medical professionals and dieters have long noticed differences in the efficacy of the keto diet between the sexes.
  • A new study suggests that estrogen plays a role in preventing women from losing weight on the keto diet.
  • More research is needed before scientists know exactly how the keto diet's effects vary between the sexes.
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Is the keto diet safe for everyone? Probably not.

Just because the keto diet is an effective weight-loss tool doesn't mean everyone should try it.

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  • The keto diet might be a fad diet, but it's unique in that involves putting the body into an alternate and natural metabolic state.
  • However, the diet likely isn't safe for everyone, particularly when it's implemented poorly.
  • Children, pregnant women, breastfeeding women and those at risk for heart disease should understand the risks of the keto diet before experimenting with it.
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Keto diet: 5 of the biggest food plan mistakes

Eating a doughnut isn't the only way you can go wrong on the keto diet.

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  • The high-fat, low-carb keto diet involves putting your body into a natural metabolic state called ketosis.
  • When done responsibly, the keto diet can yield a wide range of benefits, most notably weight loss.
  • Some people have less luck than others on the keto diet because they make a few common mistakes, including failing to drink enough water, eating too many unhealthy fats, and not realizing which foods might kick them out of ketosis.
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3 of the most speculative benefits of the keto diet

Can the keto diet really help people combat acne, cancer and "brain fog"?

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  • The keto diet is generally an effective method for weight loss.
  • Still, many of the diet's other supposed health benefits aren't as well supported by the research.
  • Claims that the keto diet can help with acne, cancer and mental clarity are speculative, but there's reason to suggest they're worth investigating.
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Intermittent fasting and keto diet: Can you do both at the same time?

Hint: Both lead to the same metabolic state.

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  • The keto diet and intermittent fasting are two weight-loss methods that have gained popularity in recent years.
  • Both can put the body in a state of ketosis, which leads to many of the same benefits.
  • However, scientists are still researching both intermittent fasting and the keto diet, and it's best to consult a doctor before making any drastic changes to your dietary habits – especially two changes at same time.
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