Considering the soaring overweight and obesity rates and strong interest in this topic, there is surprising ignorance and confusion about the metabolic process of weight loss among the general public and health professionals alike.

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The ketogenic diet (KD) is widely used 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 is not usually considered. Our hypothesis is that KD might be used to achieve fat loss without affecting negatively strength/power performance.