The terms ketosis, keto or ketogenic diet are all common and can be heard among those who workout. ketosis can be defined as a metabolic state that happens when you consume a very low carb, moderate protein, high-fat diet (or fast for extended periods) that causes your body to switch from using glucose as its primary source of fuel, to running off ketones. Ketones themselves are produced when the body burns fat, and they’re primarily used as an alternative fuel source when glucose isn’t available. Ketosis, in other words, is the process of turning your body from sugar burning to fat burning. Though a keto diet is hard to maintain, there are several benefits of doing a ketogenic diet.
1. Weight Loss
Low carb, high fat diets have been prevalent since a long time in the name of banting diet. Though banting diet is different from the keto diet, it still brings out a few attributes of this diet. One of the biggest benefits of this diet is the suppressed appetite. This lowered appetite when combined with lowered insulin levels from the lack of carbohydrates gives you a significant decrease in body fat levels.
2. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Running off on ketones helps you to control and lower your blood sugar levels. The ability to use fat and ketones as fuel for the body helps a pre-diabetic or even a tpe-2 diabetic to no longer worry about the excess sugar levels and the need for exogenous insulin.
3. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
A ketogenic diet can help address insulin resistance and help with PCOS patients attributing to this diet’s extremely low carb intake. In fact, studies have concluded that a ketogenic diet leads to a significant improvement in body weight, fasting insulin, testosterone markets, and LH/FSH ratio in women with PCOS.
4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
People suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) chronic diarrhea, stomach discomfort, bloating etc. would not be very comfortable with the idea of a high fat, low carb diet. Upping fat intake can lead to increased diarrhea at first, but the long-term effects of a ketogenic diet are appealing to those suffering from IBS. Studies show that low sugar consumption can assist with IBS symptoms and one study found that a ketogenic diet provides adequate relief, and improves abdominal pain, stool habits, and quality of life in individuals suffering from IBS.
5. Fatty Liver Disease
Studies have shown that a ketogenic diet can have beneficial effects for people who have non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Recent research found that six months of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet can lead to significant weight loss
6. Increased Levels Of HDL
High-Density Lipoprotein (LPL), or the good cholesterol is one of the two types of cholesterol present in the blood. HDL carries cholesterol from the liver and delivers to the rest of the body. Whereas LDL carries cholesterol from the liver and to the rest of the body, HDL carries cholesterol away from the body and to the liver, where it can be reused or excreted. since it is a fact that higher levels of HDL lower the risk of heart disease, one of the best ways is to eat fat and low carb diet foods.
7. Clean Burning Fuel For Body
The body prefers fat as its fuel source, that is why we store hundreds of thousands of calories in the form of fat in your body. When a cell breakdowns glucose for fuel, it generates more reactive oxygen species compared to fat. These free radicals are then neutralized by antioxidants.
8. Helps Cure Autism And Depression
Ketosis is extremely effective for dealing with autism. Though, no in-depth studies have been done yet, trials have proven that ketogenic diet helps to deal with bipolar and autism. Moreover, ketosis helps to stabilize your moods.
9. Cures Cancer
Glucose acts as a fuel source for cancer cells in your body. during ketosis, due to low carb, your body is low on sugar thereby killing the cancer cells. This helps to also cure cancer more naturally than using the chemo methods.
10. Cures Acne
High glycemic foods can stimulate acne outbreaks on your face. The ketogenic diet is devoid of these glycemic foods which make it a best remedy or diet for acne.
If you are new to ketosis or ketogenic diet, it normal to experience temporary unpleasant effects. I am going to tell you to hold on and make it through as the results are totally worth the initial pain and discomfort.