Originally, this diet was used in order to control a specific disease, so it has a very long history as a health-boosting, disease-fighting diet plan. It was not initially utilized for weight loss purposes. However, it’s safe to say that people who tried it quickly noticed weight loss benefits!
Diets of this nature have been around for centuries, although they may not have been deemed, “ketogenic”. For example, a diet like this was recorded way back in five hundred B.C.! In prior centuries, most diets of this type, which involved fasting and the induction of the ketosis state, were utilized in order to help people who suffered from epilepsy.
During the early 1920s, a doctor presented the AMA (American Medical Association) with data about positive outcomes in kids who fasted in order to improve their epileptic conditions. This doctor, Rawle Geyelin, found that his patients had reduced numbers of seizures while they followed the diet and that the results lasted for a fairly long time period.
Over time, this diet’s applications have evolved. While it’s still a good choice for those who suffer from epilepsy and other health conditions – and we’ll talk more about the health benefits of this diet in just a moment – it’s also a popular choice with healthy individuals who want to shed unwanted pounds.
Lastly, it’s preferred by bodybuilders due to its special properties, which contribute to muscle growth and fat-burning, as well as the production of anabolic hormones.