We now know what a keto diet is, so what are some benefits of following a keto diet?
The keto diet uses your body fat as energy when you go into the ketosis state. That means that there are so many weight loss benefits with the keto diet. Essentially by following the keto diet your insulin (the fat storing hormone) levels drop and your body will burn up the fat you already have.
Scientists have compared the keto diet to other low fat and high carb diets and have found better results than others (link to: https://www.ruled.me/keto-weight-loss/).
Control Blood Sugar
The keto diet naturally lowers your blood sugar levels because of the food you eat. Studies have even found that other low-calorie diets are not as effective in managing and preventing diabetes as the keto diet is (link to: https://www.ruled.me/the-ketogenic-diet-and-diabetes/).
If you are already diagnosed with pre-diabetic or type 2 diabetes, the keto diet may be a very beneficial way for you to control your blood sugar.
Many people have found that the keto diet increases your ability to focus and have increased mental performance.
Ketones are a great source of fuel for the brain. When you lower your carb intake you’re avoiding big spikes in blood sugar. Combining these two things can result in improved focus and concentration.
Increased Energy & Normalized Hunger
The keto diet gives your body a better and more reliable energy source. This helps you feel more energized throughout the day. No more needing those 5 cups of coffee to get through your day.
Fats are shown to be the most effective molecule to burn as fuel. Fat is also naturally more satisfying and ends up leaving us in a “full” state for longer.
Did you know the keto diet has been used since the early 1900s to treat epilepsy? It is still one of the most widely used therapies used to treat children with uncontrolled epilepsy.
One of the main benefits, and reasons it is used, is that it allows fewer medications to be used while still offering excellent control.
Cholesterol & Blood Pressure
The benefit of the keto diet when it comes to high cholesterol and high blood pressure is simple. Low carb high fat diets show a huge decrease in HDL and LDL particle concentration compared to low fat diets. That means that your triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels will be improved as well.
In addition, some blood pressure issues are associated with excess weight. The keto diet helps you lose weight, so can serve to help you lower that blood pressure as well.
Insulin resistance can lead to type 2 diabetes. A low carb keto diet can help you lower your insulin levels to a health range. You don’t have to have a problem with your insulin or have insulin resistant to benefit. We all can benefit from eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Studies have shown that the keto diet can even help your skin. This study (link to: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22327146) found that those who follow the keto diet had a drop in lesions and skin inflammation.
Acne can also be caused by dairy, so reducing dairy from your diet can be very helpful in clearing your skin. It is also important, even when on the keto diet, to follow a strict skin cleansing regimen.
Do you follow the keto diet? What are some benefits you’ve found? There are so many benefits from eating a healthy keto diet!