The Ketogenic Diet and Sport: A Possible Marriage?

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2015 Jul;43(3):153-62. doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000050.


The ketogenic diet (KD) is used widely as a weight loss strategy and, more rarely, as therapy for some diseases. In many sports, weight control is often necessary (boxing, weightlifting, wrestling, etc.), but the KD usually is not considered. Our hypothesis is that KD might be used to achieve fat loss without affecting strength/power performance negatively.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Body Fat Distribution
  • Body Mass Index
  • Diet, Carbohydrate-Restricted
  • Diet, Ketogenic* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Muscle Strength / physiology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / metabolism
  • Physical Endurance / physiology
  • Sports / physiology*
  • Weight Loss*


  • Blood Glucose