The ketogenic diet may help you lose weight.

With all diets, there are two important rules to follow:

  1. You must eat fewer calories than you burn
  2. You must stick to your diet

Research shows that the ketogenic diet can be as helpful as a low-fat diet if you follow the two rules above. So, you still need to keep track of how much you are eating, and you need to stick to your diet.

Pros and Cons about using the ketogenic diet to lose weight


  • It might make you feel less hungry
  • You can use a kit to test your pee for “ketone” levels. This can help you check that you are on track and eating the right foods.
  • You can eat high fat foods like butter, cream, and oil


  • Even if you are less hungry, the ketogenic diet is still very strict and very hard for people to stick to
  • Even if you are eating the right foods, you might still be eating too much of them
  • You cannot eat foods (even healthy ones) that are high in sugar or carbohydrates like bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, or candy
  • There are some other health risks. Read our article “What are the risks of the ketogenic diet?” for more information.