Low-Calorie Ketogenic Diet Improves Immune Function
The ketogenic diet is emerging as an effective strategy not only to promote weight loss, but also to manage many comorbidities associated with obesity. Nutritional ketosis has gained great interest in recent years because it is shown to have beneficial properties for health and promotes healthy aging, increasing longevity. Furthermore, in the case of obesity, we have more and more evidence that it is an effective treatment, mainly because to achieve this metabolic state (ketosis), routes that require the combustion of fats are activated, and this induces body weight loss.

The Research team has developed several studies focused on analyzing the efficacy and safety of treatment with a very-low-calorie ketogenic diet. Their work has shown that the very-low-calorie ketogenic diet is effective for rapid weight loss and maintenance of lost weight, as well as reducing fat mass, primarily visceral fat mass.

Researchers collected blood samples from patients on the very-low-calorie ketogenic diet (600 to 800 kcal/day) drawn before treatment, at peak ketosis, and at the end of treatment. After determining the global pattern of DNA in all patients with obesity targeted with this strategy and through bioinformatic analysis, we were able to obtain a methylation pattern. The results showed that after weight loss on the very-low-calorie ketogenic diet, the methylome that obese people initially had [was] reversed and matched that of normal-weight people.

The final conclusions of the study is that the very-low-calorie ketogenic diet can be recommended as an effective and safe tool for people with obesity, especially those with severe obesity or comorbidities (joint disease, preoperative period to bariatric surgery, metabolic and cardiovascular diseases) who need immediate, substantial weight loss.

Source: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/973967#vp_3