Ketogenic Diet is NOT just any form of diet to give you the desired body shape… but it is the diet that boosts your athletic performance, weight loss and it also comes with great health benefits that change your life forever.
This article shows you what you stand to gain by going the keto way. I have experienced some of the benefits listed here, and research also has been conducted that is why I can boldly say no other better diet can give you what ketogenic diet gives.
It is noteworthy that unlike most diets out there, ketogenic has stood the test of time; over nine-decade keto has repeatedly proven to be the best diet.
Before we start the listings, here’s a quick reminder of what ketogenic is all about. Keto diet is basically a low-carb high-fat diet which enables your body to draw its source of energy from fat instead of carbohydrate through the state of ketosis.
It’s not really a new diet because it was actually developed in the 1920s to help children who suffer epilepsy. Over the years, experts have developed it to become a mainstream diet which anyone can follow to achieve better health and weight loss success.
So let’s get started, shall we?
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Benefits of The Ketogenic Way of Eating
From the weight loss, brain to the skin, keto diet gives you a healthy lifestyle;
1. Weight loss
Keto dieting is the productive way loss weight faster than any other diet. The British Journal of Nutrition found that those on keto diet achieved better long-term body weight and cardiovascular risk factor management when compared with individuals assigned to a conventional low-fat diet (i.e., a restricted-energy diet with less than 30 percent of energy from fat).
Keto dieting (low-carbs + high- fat + moderate protein) helps increase leptin and decrease ghrelin (hunger hormones). Ghrelin increases your appetite, and leptin decreases your appetite (leptin is made by fat cells).
The above explains how people who are on keto diet do not feel starved, unlike some other diets. This is because of the excess fat in the system that creates leptin.
Furthermore, when we eat a small amount of food that supplies us with carbohydrates, we release less insulin. Less insulin in the system enables our body to extract energy from existing fat stores as energy.
2. The Brain
In the 1920s, the Mayo Clinic used keto for the effective treatment of children with epilepsy. Further studies show that keto diet improves cognition, memory, seizure control, clarity and prevents migraines.
This is as a result of the steady growth of neurons and up-regulation of brain mitochondrial and mitochondrial enzymes. Furthermore, ketogenic diet also fights against Parkinson’s disease.
3. The Heart
Ketogenic diet helps to lower triglycerides, lower blood pressure and improves “good” cholesterol profiles.
To eliminate the risk of heart disease, keto dieting helps put the blood pressure in check and of course, lowers the level of triglycerides.
Here’s an amazing fact; consuming excess carbohydrates especially fructose such as candy bar, soda, canned fruits, etc. increases the level of triglycerides. However, keto diet (low carbs intake and high-fat diet) lowers triglycerides.
Ketogenic dieting helps raise the good cholesterol, i.e., high-density level (HDL) and also balance your profile of low-density lipoprotein LDL otherwise known as bad cholesterol.
Can it get better than this? A diet that takes care of the brain and the heart while losing weight… the answer to your question is YES! Let’s read on
4. It prevents Cancer
Ketogenic diets avert cancer by starving cancer cells in the body. Studies have shown that highly processed, pro-inflammatory, low nutrient diet can enhance cells which may cause them to increase quickly.
Here’s how it works, cancer cells unlike the regular cells can only use glucose (carbs) and cannot feed on fat. Cancer cells cannot survive since keto diet (low-carbs) extracts energy from existing fat stores as energy.
5. The Skin
It is anti-inflammatory, and it prevents acne, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) pain, etc. How is it possible?
A study has shown that the anti-inflammatory effects of caloric restriction or ketogenic diets may be linked to BHB-mediated inhibition of the NLRP3 inflammasome.
This means the primary element in many inflammatory diseases is suppressed by Beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB). Beta-Hydroxybutyrate is one of the essential ketones produced from a ketogenic diet.
6. Improves athletic performance
The high intake of fat prevents the body from pulling from your lean muscle mass, which is essential for great performance as an athlete.
Furthermore, low-carb diets prevent tiredness especially in prolong exercises. Keto dieting helps you to lose fat without jeopardizing your athletic performance.
During exercise, fat provides more energy at lower intensities and carbs produce more energy at higher intensities. However, keto dieting can teach your body to consume more fat, which will help you preserve muscle glycogen during exercise.
It doesn’t get better than this, does it?
A low-carb, high-fat diet which ketogenic dieting is all about, improves your general well being; you live healthier and longer, compare to a low-fat diet.
Saturated fat intake has an opposite connection with the risk of suffering from a stroke.
Quick tips for getting started
To get started with a keto diet, you need to limit your daily carbs intake to 20g per day. Keep your protein at 0.8g per lean pound of your body and eat healthy fat to fill the caloric gap. Drink a lot of water and electrolyte to maintain your health.
Keto Diet Food List [Infographic]