Five Benefits of Going Keto
Are you one of the 93 million Americans currently trying to lose weight? According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 40% of the population of the United States is overweight, and nearly half of American adults have been on at least one diet in the past 12 months.
The ketogenic diet or keto for short has become increasingly popular in the last few years. The ketogenic diet is a low carbohydrate, moderate protein, high fat eating plan that can spur rapid weight loss. This diet takes advantage of the way your body breaks down nutrients for fuel. By severely reducing your carbohydrate intake, your body burns fat instead of glucose which besides leading to weight loss has several significant benefits that can improve both your physical and mental health.
The keto diet calls for reducing your daily carbohydrate intake to less than 20 grams. Carbs include sugar so this is helpful for type 2 diabetics and pre-diabetics alike. Reducing carb intake helps improve insulin sensitivity which stabilizes your blood sugar levels and lowers your A1-C result. Some diabetics may be able to decrease or even stop their daily medications under their doctor’s supervision while following a keto diet.
Stabilizing your blood sugar helps diminish food cravings which not only increases weight loss but can also prevent that late afternoon sugar crash many people experience. Your brain will lose that fogginess and your memory will be sharper. You may even sleep better once your body has adjusted to its new way of getting fuel.
Keto helps your heart by lowering your cholesterol and triglyceride levels while raising your HDL or ‘good cholesterol’ levels. Some experience a significant decrease in blood pressure as well. Multiple studies have shown that following a ketogenic diet improves multiple cardiac risk factors.
Following the keto diet has also been proven to improve mood swings, depression and anxiety. The increased good fat in your diet feeds your brain omega-3 fatty acids which encourage serotonin production, regulating your moods and decreasing depression. A few studies have even shown that a ketogenic diet can possibly be helpful to Alzheimer’s patients and increase their cognitive function.
There are other benefits to going keto, but the one most people are concerned about is weight loss. By following the plan closely, drinking lots of water and getting some daily exercise practically anyone should be able to lose weight on the ketogenic diet. As always, please speak with your regular doctor for advice before starting this or any diet.