12 Astounding Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet
Ketto diet or Ketto plan is a buzzword nowadays, but is Keto diet healthy for us, does following kept diet results in weight loss? This article will help you in understanding the facts about kept diet & its benefits.
What exactly is a ketogenic diet?
The keto diet is an eating plan that consists of 80 percent fat and little to no carbohydrates. Staples of the keto diet are fish, meat, eggs, dairy, oils, and green vegetables. Pasta, rice and other grains, potatoes, and fruits are strictly prohibited. Keto works by changing the way the body turns food into energy. The keto diet deliberately places the body in a state of ketosis, where fat is released from cells and turned into ketones, the body’s plan B for energy production.
1. Weight Loss
Low carb, high-fat diets have been used for centuries by doctors when working with obese patients. Many people successfully use ketogenic diets today in their quest for decreased body fat levels for these exact reasons. By consuming a higher fat/lower carb diet you also retrain the body to use fat as an energy source. This allows the body to tap into its own fat reserves – burning it as energy.
Lowering oxidative stress in the body is one way to increase lifespan. It seems that by lowering insulin levels, oxidative stress in
turn is decreased. A ketogenic diet decreases insulin levels – allowing the formation of ketones to be used as fuel resulting in slowing down the aging process.
3.Lower Blood Sugar (Type 2 Diabetes)
Speaking of lowered insulin levels, a result of running off ketones allows an individual to control, and lower, their blood sugar levels.
The ability to utilize fat and ketones as fuel for the body mean a pre-diabetic or even a type 2 diabetic, no longer has to worry about excess blood sugar levels and the need to source exogenous insulin.
4. Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic Syndrome
By eating a diet rich in fat and void of carbohydrates, you may be able to reverse cardiovascular disease symptoms. The contributors to heart disease (evaluated blood sugar, high blood triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure etc) are improved when following a low carb, ketogenic type diet.
5. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS often occurs along with insulin resistance – causing a range of hormonal issues in the woman – including infertility. A ketogenic diet – due to its extremely low carb intake – can help address insulin resistance and in turn help with suffers from PCOS. In fact, a pilot study has concluded that a ketogenic diet led to a significant improvement in body weight & fasting insulin.
6. Brain Function
Other than fat loss, a big reason why so many people rave about ketogenic diets is due to improved brain function, clarity of thought, memory recall, improved learning etc.
7. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Many who suffer from IBS (chronic diarrhea, stomach discomfort, bloating etc.) would probably shudder at the thought of eating a high-fat low carb diet. Upping fat intake can lead to increased diarrhea at first, but it’s the long-term effects of a ketogenic diet that are appealing to those suffering from IBS.
8. Stable Energy Levels
Anyone who has recently switched from a standard western diet to a ketogenic diet will soon notice how their energy levels are stable throughout the day. No mid-afternoon slumps, no cravings for instant sugar or caffeine hits. Fat (and the ketones produced from fat) are a readily available source of fuel. Once someone is fat adapted and in ketosis, they will find they can easily go hours (even days) without food and not have drastic energy level swings.
9. Migraine Treatment
Many people who suffer from migraines have reported great results when switching from a conventional high carb diet to an ultra-low carb ketogenic diet.
The ketogenic diet has long been successfully used with those suffering from epilepsy. In fact, the ketogenic diet was first developed in 1921 to treat drug-resistant epilepsy in children. Since then, numerous studies have been done showing how ketosis can help with epilepsy.
Ketosis as a form of cancer treatment (and prevention) is rapidly growing in popularity. Many cancer cells can only survive with glucose as a fuel source. By depriving a cancer cell of glucose by eating a ketogenic diet, we may be able to starve cancer resulting in its death.
12. General Health
We have already looked at the links between ketosis and diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and fatty liver disease, amongst others. But studies have also shown that following a ketogenic diet lead to:
• Improved cholesterol levels
• Decreased triglyceride levels
• Decreased weight and fat mass
Hope you must have understood the Health benefits of Keto diet. My advice to you is to consult a professional Nutritionist/Dietitian to get a ketogenic diet planned for yourself.
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Dietitian Vinita Jaiswal