Benefits Of A Keto Diet
What is a ketogenic diet? We explore the benefits...
With over three million Google searches last year, the number of people following a ketogenic diet is rapidly increasing.
In fact, in 2019, it was the third-most popular diet along with low-carb and gluten-free eating habits.
What does Keto mean?
A ketogenic diet forces the body to burn fat rather than carbohydrates. Therefore, this diet consists of a limited carbohydrate intake, a high fat intake and a moderate protein intake. Reducing the amount of carbs consumed promotes a metabolic state known as ketosis - a state which encourages the body to burn fat, thus resulting in weight loss.
There are several different types of ketogenic diets, but here’s a rundown of the benefits associated with the most common keto diet (which consists of 70% fat, 20% protein and 10% carbs).
An obvious benefit of following such a diet is weight loss. Due to the body’s overactive burning of fat, sticking to a ketogenic diet can result in weight loss in just a short period of time. Many people that opt to follow the Standard Ketogenic Diet (SKD) often also partake in intermittent fasting - only eating for six to eight hours a day, and then fasting for the remainder - as this can help your body to enter ketosis faster.
Reduced risk of heart disease
The Standard Ketogenic Diet may help to lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. This change in blood sugar levels and the reduction of fat can also help to reduce the impacts of Diabetes.
With the body becoming more efficient at burning fat, it can supply more energy than usual to your brain, thus improving your cognitive health. Research has shown that by supplying more energy to the brain, your body can be more effective at repairing brain injuries, as well as decreasing the amount of damage done, should traumatic brain injuries occur in the future.
Help control symptoms of various diseases
Furthermore, other research has suggested that following a ketogenic diet can have a direct impact on those suffering with various diseases such as Alzeheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Not only can such a diet help to reduce the symptoms of these illnesses, but it may also stop them from progressing.
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