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MUNCIE, Ind. — The Ketogenic Diet, more commonly known as the “Keto Diet”, has been all the talk among Americans trying to lose weight these days.

The basic premise of the diet is similar to that of the Atkins Diet, to eat as few carbs as possible on a day-to-day basis and up your intake of healthy fats. According to those on the diet, limiting yourself to just 20 net carbs a day will force your body to switch to alternate sources of energy, such as fat.

“Much of what we know about these Keto Diets and super fast weight loss diets, there is no scientific evidence,” said Jagdish Khubchandani, a health sciences professor at Ball State University. “We still need to go back to the basics: eat fruits and vegetables and move around enough to burn calories.”

Khubchandani recommends not trying the Keto Diet until there is at least some hard scientific evident to back up what dieters claim the diet does.

According to US News, the diet was introduced in 2012 by Dr. Gianfranco Cappello, an Italian professor of surgery at Sapienza University in Rome. His study of 19,000 dieters who used the Keto Diet showed an average weight loss of more than 20 pounds, most of whom kept it off for at least a year.

US News has ranked the Keto Diet the 38th best weight loss diet in the nation. 

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