Mar 24, 2017


Recently, with the increase of interest in ketogenic diets, a lot of research has been conducted demonstrating a wide range of health benefits from ketogenic diets. Remaining in ketosis is particularly effective at improving neurological function which was first tested in the 1920’s by Dr. Rollin Woodyatt. Dr. Woodyatt, who treated epileptic patients, owes his success to a formula he devised which yields a ketogenic ratio. His accurate formula allowed him to pre-plan the meals of his patients to ensure that their diet remained ketogenic. The ketogenic ratio that Woodyatt yields is still being used today with great results to ensure that a person stays in ketosis by letting them plan ahead. A modern-day ketogenic diet success story posted online mentions the KETOCALC app which yields Woodyatt's ratio, affirming how well actual blood and breath ketone levels correlate with this ratio. The following explains what Woodyatt's formula does and why it yields such accurate results.

How ketogenic a diet is depends on the ratio of macronutrients, that is carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Each of these macronutrients makes a different contribution to the degree of ketosis present in the diet. The more ketogenic a diet is, the more it utilizes the burning of fat for metabolism rather than glucose.

The KETOCALC app does not use the most popular ketogenic ratio formula which is seriously flawed. This simplified faulty approach adds protein and carbs together in a ratio against fat, wrongfully assuming that protein is equally anti ketogenic as carbohydrate. With this inaccurate formula you can easily underestimate the amount of protein needed to maintain muscle mass for a given ketogenic ratio. According to the research of Dr. Woodyatt, each of the macro nutrients contributes to the following degree to the amount of ketosis.

Carbohydrate: 0.0 ketogenic and 100% non ketogenic.

Protein: .79 ketogenic and .21 non ketogenic, meaning 21% of protein has the same non-ketogenic effect of carbohydrate.

Fat: .90 ketogenic and .10 non ketogenic, menaing 10% of fat has the same non-ketogenic effect of carbohydrate.

The other consideration is that if your goal is weight loss, even though you burn fat on a ketogenic diet, you won't be losing weight if your dietary fat intake is more than you can burn. KETOCALC lets you avoid this pitfall by also yielding your total number of calories as well as the percentage of calories form each macronutrient.

The beauty of this, to sum up, is that you can keep adjusting your macros as you pre-plan your meal to be as ketogenic as you want at the ideal caloric intake to guarantee weight loss.