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Personalized Lifestyle Pearls: The Ketogenic Diet: Weight Loss and Beyond

Clinical insights from Facebook Live event

Host: Deanna Minich, PhD, CNS, FACN, IFMCP

Guest: Christopher Keroack, MD, IFMCP

You may have heard about the ketogenic diet. This high-fat, low-carbohydrate, moderate-protein dietary pattern has experienced a revival of sorts in the mainstream media and dieting world. But, before “keto” was a contemporary fad, how was it used? In fact, there is ~100 years of science supporting the ketogenic diet. To shed light on its history of use and elucidate practical areas of clinical application, Drs. Deanna Minich and Christopher Keroack explore the evidence-based science for the ketogenic dietary pattern, nutritional ketosis, and its therapeutic utility in epilepsy, weight loss, cardiometabolic disease, and athletic performance to name a few.1-2

Many questions related to the ketogenic lifestyle and implementation are answered by Dr. Keroack. A small sampling of these questions include:

  • Does the ketogenic fit into a personalized medicine approach?
  • What types of patients and indications would be a good fit for a ketogenic pattern?
  • Can genomics help identify keto responders?
  • How long does it take to reach ketosis, and how sustainable is a ketogenic lifestyle?
  • What about exogenous ketones?

This Personalized Lifestyle Pearls broadcast took place live July 31, 2018 on the Metagenics Institute Facebook page.

Listen to the podcast below (also available in iTunes)



  1. Paoli A et al. Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013;67(8):789–796.
  2. Veech RL. The therapeutic implications of ketone bodies: The effects of ketone bodies in pathological conditions: ketosis, ketogenic diet, redox states, insulin resistance, and mitochondrial metabolism. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2004;70(3):309–319.

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