Nowadays, every second patient is asking their health care provider about a keto diet. Is it safe to use? Should I use it or not? Despite the latest hype, the concept of the keto diet is not new. We all have been using keto diet for more than 100 years to tackle drug-resistant epilepsy, especially in kids. Dr. Atkins has introduced keto diet officially to the world in 1970. And these low-carbohydrate and keto diets are highly popular in recent time. It has proven in the research that this low-carb diet can help you in lowering weight and also offer various health benefits.
What is a keto diet?
A keto diet is a diet which causes your body to discharge ketone particles into the bloodstream. Most cells opt to utilize blood sugar as the primary source of energy which comes from carbs. When you reduce carbohydrates intake, in the absence of blood sugar, your body turns to use stored fat to produce energy. These fat particles break down into molecules known as ketones, and this process is called as ketosis state. Once you achieve ketosis, your cells use ketones as energy fuel, until you begin consuming carbohydrates again. Remember, this is a greatly individualized procedure, and you need to follow a restricted diet to produce enough ketones.
A keto diet is highly rich in fats and proteins and includes eggs, cheeses, meats, processed meats, butter, seeds, oil, fish, fibrous vegetables, and more.
What are the benefits of the keto diet?
There is a solid evidence that sometimes the keto diet can also work as medication and lowers seizures in kids. Here are the benefits of ketogenic diet:
- Lowers appetite
- Reduces weight
- Improves HDL levels
- Decreases insulin levels and blood sugar
- Maintain blood pressure
- Effective treatment against metabolic syndrome
- Great for brain disorders
- Decrease inflammation
- Boost energy
- Enhance body composition
A keto diet can be an exciting alternative to handle several conditions or can speed up weight loss. There is no doubt that this is very difficult to follow this diet as you have to avoid most of the carbohydrates foods. Most of the people can’t eat such foods for a long-term so it is hard to predict its long-term results.
Overall, a balanced diet, rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains, olive oil, lean meats, with a lot of water is the perfect fit for a healthier, vibrant, and long life.