Can I build muscle on the keto diet? Will I lose lean muscle mass?

Yes you can build muscle. This is because ketogenic diets have a muscle-sparing effect, i.e. it helps you build and preserve muscle tissue rather than lose it. Compare this too low-fat (reduced-calorie) diets which lack the fat adaption meaning the body will use protein stores (muscle) and convert them to glucose for energy and use fat stores as secondary to this. This makes the keto diet much more suited to weight loss at the same time as putting on muscle – which is what most people want when they want to improve their health and fitness levels.

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