If you’re anything like me, you never really bothered to learn much about the ketogenic diet, AKA the Keto Diet. It is still very popular and used by many people today. So, if you’re looking to learn more about, you came to the right place.
Essentially, the Keto Diet focuses on low carb intake, moderate protein intake, and a lot of fat. I know that’s scary! But it works. And the main end goal is to help your body reach the metabolic state known as ketosis.
Ketosis is what happens when your body runs out of the sugar it had stored up and has to find another source of energy. At this point, your liver will start turning fat into ketones, which then give your body that much needed energy. So it turns fat into energy! Pretty cool, right?
Now that we’re all caught up, here are 7 major benefits of the Keto Diet.
There ya go! That is the ultimate goal after all, right? Because, as stated above, the diet forces your body to turn fat into energy, it is a great diet if you’re looking to lose weight. But it’s important that you are taking in very little carbs for the process to work fluidly.
This is specific to the lack of carbs in the diet. You will eventually find that you’re not nearly as hungry, or hungry as often once you stop relying on carbs to make you full. Those regular cravings for a sandwich or a donut of chips will fade away and you’ll start to realize you never needed to eat that much food. Pretty crazy, huh?!
When you rely on carbs too much for energy, they cause your blood sugar levels to rise and fall very erratically. When that happens it’s harder to stay focused on a given task for very long. But in the Keto Diet, because you’re getting your energy from those ketones, your blood sugar levels will be more consistent and therefore you’ll be able to stay focused longer.
Because a body in ketosis makes energy out of fat, and because most bodies will almost always have fat to work with, those on the Keto Diet will see an increase in energy. Or at least a more consistent supply of it. This is a huge benefit of the diet.
HELPS FIGHT TYPE II DIABETES
Someone that suffers from type II diabetes is dealing with an increased production of insulin. But because a main element of the Keto Diet is removing sugars, your body’s HbA1c count will lover and could possibly even reverse type II diabetes in the process.
INCREASES LEVELS OF HDL CHOLESTEROL
I know what you’re thinking… but HDL cholesterol is the good kind! Yes, there’s a good kind. HDL cholesterol specifically carries all cholesterol to the liver where it is then either excreted or reused.
LDL cholesterol, the bad kind, does the exact opposite, distributing cholesterol to all the wrong places throughout the body. But those on the Keto Diet have shown higher levels of HDL cholesterol, which then helps decrease the risk of heart disease.
So there you have it. Those are some pretty incredible benefits to this popular diet! And I’ll be honest with you, now that I’ve written this article and learned more about Keto, I might actually be trying it myself in the near future!