Body reshaping in a young woman on a very low-calorie ketogenic diet with protein replacement: A case report

Author(s): Elvira Rostanzo

Objective: Weight regain is the most common consequence of dieting; therefore, weight loss should be strictly associated with fat mass (FM) loss and with the preservation of fat free mass (FFM). The aim of the case report was to evaluate the effectiveness of a very low-calorie ketogenic diet (VLCKD) with protein replacement to preserve lean body mass.

Materials and methods: Our patient was a 44-year old woman seeking body reshaping after pregnancy. We analyzed her blood tests, collected her anthropometric data and performed bioelectrical impedance. She followed a VLCKD with protein replacement for four weeks.

Results: After four weeks of treatment, the patient lost more than 5% of body weight, exclusively as FM and extracellular water. All body circumference and Body Mass Index values were improved.

Conclusion: The case report demonstrates the efficacy of the VLCKD in terms of FM loss and body reshaping. Protein replacement is useful for ensuring correct protein intake while preserving lean body mass