5 Benefits of the Keto Diet
What is KETO?
A keto diet refers to a ketogenic diet, which is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carb diet. The goal is to get the majority of your calories from protein and fat than from carbs. This diet functions by depleting your body of its store of sugar, so it will start to break down protein and fat for energy, causing ketosis (and subsequently weight loss). In the short term this can lead to a myriad of benefits and jump-start your weight loss!
1. Weight loss
It takes more effort for your body to transform fat into energy than it takes to make carbs into energy. Because of this, a ketogenic diet can help speed up your rate of weight loss. Being high in protein, this diet keeps you full rather than feeling hungry like other diets can.
2. Constant energy
Cutting down on carbohydrates means your biological rhythm will become more constant. How does this happen? When you consume carbohydrates, your body converts them into glucose which causes spikes in blood sugar and energy. Carbohydrate and sugar addiction cause highs and lows - crashing when there aren't enough to sustain your level of activity. Once your metabolism predominantly consumes fats and proteins (which take far longer to digest than carbs) instead of carbohydrates and sugar, your body will use the energy in a more efficient, long-term manner creating an abundance of energy.
3. Reduces acne
There are a number of different causes of acne, and one may be related to diet and blood sugar. Diets high in processed and refined carbs can change the environment of your gut bacteria and cause more dramatic blood sugar fluctuations, both of which can have an influence on skin health. Cutting down on this carbohydrate and sugar intake can have positive effects on your skin!
4. Better heart health
When the ketogenic diet is followed in a healthy way focused on natural ingredients, this diet can improve HDL ("good") cholesterol levels significantly increased in those following the keto diet. The LDL ("bad") cholesterol also may go down significantly.
5 . Can reduce risk of cancer
The ketogenic diet has recently been investigated a great deal for how it may help prevent or help during the treatment of some cancers. This is due to the fact that it would cause more oxidative stress in cancer cells than in normal cells. The ketogenic diet reduces high blood sugar and it may reduce insulin complications, which may be associated with some cancers. The Keto diet can also reduce the risk of chronic diseases - in their progression, overall outcomes and symptoms.
Remember that any drastic change in your diet can have potential consequences to your health. Because of this, you should always talk to your doctor or a nutritionist before starting a new diet.
If you're interested in starting the keto diet, you should be extra careful to check with your doctor if you have diabetes, heart disease or any other health condition.