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Chapter 4: How a Keto Diet Benefits You

June 25, 2018 4 min read

Chapter 4: How a Keto Diet Benefits You

Some people say a lot of good things about the Keto diet. Even actors go on the keto diet to achieve their weight loss goals. For instance, Melissa McCarthy, a famous actor, went on a low carbohydrate, high fat diet in order to shed 70 pounds, and she was successful.

However, the benefits of the Keto diet are not limited to weight loss only. Diets that are low in carbs keep you full for longer in addition to reduce your cravings.

Most people go on a diet but give up too soon. One of the main reasons they quiet is that they find it really hard to curb their hunger.

However, if you choose the right diet, you won’t have to cut down on your calories or restrict the amount of food you eat. And Keto diet is one of them.

According to many research studies, if you eat more fat and have fewer carbs, you can control your cravings and appetite. This will help you eat fewer calories and feel satisfied at the same time.


Weight Loss

If you are wondering why some people opt for the keto diet to lose weight instead of other diets, we have the answer.

Traditional diets require that you restrict your caloric consumption and increase physical activities. In other words, you need to burn more calories than you consume.

But the problem is the traditional way of losing weight doesn’t work for everyone.

Hunger is one of the primary issues associated with the restriction of calories. When you don’t have enough calories, your body finds it hard to adjust. Some diets don’t do anything about food cravings. As a result, dieters don’t feel satisfied. 

If you train your body to get energy from fat instead of carbs, you can shed a lot of extra fat without reducing your calorie consumption.

Many research studies have concluded that reducing the carbohydrate intake is a quicker and safer way of getting rid of extra weight without cutting down on the consumption of calories. Actually, a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet involves a change of lifestyle, not a change of diet.


Reduced Blood Sugar

Keto diet is good news for those who have diabetes. How does this diet help you control your blood sugar levels?

First off, keep in mind that carbohydrates contain sugar. In your body, carbs are converted into glucose. From the digestive tract, glucose becomes part of your blood increasing the blood sugar levels.

If the blood sugar levels go up in your body, you feel sick. Your body produces insulin in response to the elevated blood sugar level. This hormone helps your body control the blood sugar levels. Apart from this, insulin helps your body decide whether it should store the energy or burn it.

If you already have a good deal of sugars, your body won’t turn to other sources of energy, such as fat.

Once you have controlled your carb intake, you can maintain your blood sugar levels and insulin production.


Increased Energy

Foods included in the keto diet provide your body with a lot of energy. When your body gets energy from fat instead of carbs, it gets access to a bigger source of energy. As a  result, you get more energy as you keep burning fats throughout the day.

Many athletes, such as Lebron James used a low-carbohydrate diet for a higher stamina and better body composition.

According to military researchers, soldiers can give better performance by consuming fewer meals that are denser. Nowadays, many large agencies, such as NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are performing experiments on the keto diet to find out if it can work better than other diets. NASA scientists believe that the keto diet can help the astronauts who will go on the Mars mission as the diet will provide protection against the space radiation by helping the brains of the astronauts deal with stress.


Better Brain Health

The ketogenic diet also helps treat kids with epilepsy. Many research studies have proved the effectiveness of the keto diet in the treatment of epilepsy in kids.

Generally, the keto diet helps your brain stay healthy.

As you get older, your brain finds it hard to harness energy from glucose. On the other hand, ketones are easy to process for your brain as they control the stress response and make your brain more resilient.

Furthermore, evidence suggests that the keto diet also helps protect the neurons in your brain. Foods low in carbohydrates and high in fat increase those cells in your brain that produce energy. Therefore, research studies conclude that keto diet helps prevent many brain disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Technical jargons aside, keto diet doesn’t just help you lose weight. It also helps you improve your mood and neuro-functions.


Increased Concentration

Ketones are powerful antioxidants that protect your neurons. They are a better source of energy than sugar. Over time, your brain cells lose their efficiency to use glucose as fuel. Therefore, burning ketones is necessary in order to give energy to the brain cells so you can concentrate better.

Many studies have concluded that ketones boost the protein BDNF, which improves many areas of the brain, such as basal forebrain, cortex, and hippocampus. These parts of your brain are important for deep thinking, memory, and learning.


Fighting Cancer

As far as fighting cancer is concerned, some research studies have produced positive results. However, more research is required to say something for sure.

According to Thomas Seyfried, one of the main researchers at Boston College, ketogenic diet is far more effective in the treatment of cancer than chemotherapy.

At the University of San Francisco, Dr. D’Agostino published a research study in order to describe that the keto diet prolonged the life of mice that had metastatic cancers.


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