A ketogenic (or keto) diet, is all the rage today! For those of you who’re still confused as a result of the scores of healthy diets that are doing the rounds today, here’s a quick idea of what the keto diet is. It is essentially a low-carb, high-fat diet plan in which your body begins to generate and burn a remarkable amount of ketones. A keto diet is actually considered to be the best diet to lose weight!
When you’re on a Keto Diet, you’re burning fat. But the process of ketosis can also reduce your appetite and make you feel less hungry. This process usually begins after about four days. This is when your body switches into burning fat for energy because you’re cutting down on your carb intake. So yes, weight loss is absolutely natural when you’re rigorously following a Keto diet.
But did you know that apart from weight, the keto diet offers a number of benefits? Read on to discover what they are!
1.Higher energy levels
Don’t expect your energy levels to magically rise from the get-go! When you first begin following the keto diet, you’re bound to feel a little irritable and tired. But don’t worry. All this means is that your body is slowly making the shift towards burning fat instead of the glucose it used to burn before, for energy. Once you get to this ‘fat-burn’ stage, you may find your energy levels spiking.
Who doesn’t want a sound sleep?! Once you’re through the first few days of this diet, you could very well sleep much deeper. Research suggests that people who began following a ketogenic diet reported that they were sleeping far more fitfully than they used to.
3. Reduced food cravings
Tired of craving for a chocolatey doughnut or some fries at odd hours? By sticking to a keto diet, you can bid those pesky cravings goodbye! When you’re consuming tons of processed carbs, your body is often spiking up and down a sugary roller coaster ride. But when you’re on the keto diet, controlling blood sugar is easier and so, you’re always making more conscious food choices. You can finally stay focused!
4) Busts acne
Acne breakouts got you down? It’s probably your body’s way of telling you to switch to a healthier diet. If your daily diet consists of plenty of processed food and carbs, it can have a negative impact on your skin. On a keto diet, by reducing your carb intake, you could also be reducing the chances of an acne breakout.
5) Aids women with PCOS
If you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS or Polycystic ovarian syndrome, you probably already know that a high carb diet is not good for you. In such cases, a keto diet can help immensely. By controlling what you eat and cutting down on excess carbs, a keto diet has been known to help women with PCOS move a step closer towards losing weight. It also aids in bringing about hormone balance.
6) May result in a healthier heart
Following the keto diet religiously and healthily (without cheating), could result in improved heart health. Research suggests that following a keto diet often leads to an increase in ‘good’ cholesterol and a decrease in ‘bad’ cholesterol.
7) May lower blood pressure
High BP and/or hypertension is often associated with strokes, kidney failures, and other diseases. But, if you start following a keto diet and reduce your carb intake, your blood pressure levels also begin to reduce significantly, eliminating the risks of such diseases.
8) Improves gastrointestinal health
When your diet includes lots of carbs like potatoes, tomatoes and various types of sugary food, it can wreak havoc on your stomach in the form of heartburn, indigestion or acid reflux. So, when you switch to a keto diet plan, your carb intake is reduced and such health issues are kept at bay.
9) May help prevent the risk of cancer
A study that was conducted a few years ago suggested a ketogenic diet as an adjuvant to cancer therapy. This study indicates that a ketogenic diet can be considered to be a sound, complementary treatment to chemotherapy and radiation, for cancer patients. This occurs because it causes more oxidative stress in cancer cells than in normal ones.
10) Improves liver health
When your liver holds a little too much fat, you could be diagnosed with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. If you opt for a Keto Diet, you’re burning this excessive fat more effectively, thereby reducing the risk of fatty liver disease and improving liver health in general.
Now that you know the benefits of a keto diet, when are you switching things up?