Counter: While we agree that keto
is a fast and effective strategy for weight loss, it should have received an excellent rating (not just average) in this category. Studies show that following a ketogenic
diet is superior in inducing weight loss in patients with obesity. The induced weight loss is rapid, intense, and sustained until at least two years. . While we’re focusing on short-term weight loss for this category, these findings of sustainment
for ‘at least’ two years indicate that keto may also produce long-term results. Further, studies done studies done in obese men found significantly greater
weight loss over a four-week period when subjects were allowed to eat “ad libitum” or as much as they wanted when they were eating keto vs a moderate carb diet (-6. 34 kg vs 4. 35 kg).  Additionally, a paper published in Nature found that subjects assigned to a “low calorie” (500 – 1000 calorie deficit) still didn’t lose as much weight as subjects on a ketogenic diet. After four months of eating a keto diet, 85% of subjects lost >10% of their body weight while only 17% in the low-calorie group accomplished the same.  Not to mention, their HA1C levels dropped by nearly a point in the ketogenic diet group which was significantly better than the low-calorie group, only in the same time period.