10 Awesome Health Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet
The more I research diet and nutrition in my quest to prevent Type 2 Diabetes, the more I’m convinced that a Ketogenic Diet, along with intermittent fasting, is the best approach to Tackle Type 2. You may think a diet low in carbs but high in fats isn’t good for your health, but think again. Here are 10 reasons why a ketogenic diet will do wonders for you.
- Low-carb diets tend to reduce hunger, which happens to be a big nemesis to dieting (go figure). By contrast, diets high in fat are satisfying, and consumers on such a diet end up eating less calories overall. Fewer calories definitely promotes weight loss.
- Studies have shown that people on a low-carb diet lose more weight, because high fat and adequate protein foods helps the body to get rid of excess water and sodium. In fact, some studies have shown that low-carb dieters lose 2-3 times the amount of weight as low-fat dieters.
- Low-carb diets are especially helpful at reducing fat in the abdominal cavity (your tummy). That type of visceral fat around your organs can be linked to inflammation, metabolic dysfunction, heart disease, and diabetes…so it’s something you’d want to get rid of.
- Your triglyceride count will go down. These are essentially fat molecules that particularly come from simple sugars found in carb-heavy food. Triglycerides in the blood stream have been linked to an increase in heart disease.
- A ketogenic diet can increase the “good” cholesterol in your body, which is actually HDL (high density lipoprotein), a compound which carries cholesterol to the liver, where it can be processed and removed from the body.
- By cutting carbs, your body will have better control over the blood sugar and insulin levels in your body, which can even facilitate the reversal of type II diabetes.
- Ketogenic diets have been linked to a decrease in blood pressure. Hypertension can facilitate other types of illness, so leveraging a low-carb diet to decrease blood pressure is a sound move.
- Ketogenic diets are good for your brain. Initially used to manage symptoms of epilepsy in children, new research has linked ketogenic diets to increased cognition and memory enhancement, which is especially useful in staving off Alzheimer’s and early onset dementia.
- A ketogenic diet could possibly fight cancer. Cancer cells have abnormally high metabolisms linked to increase of glucose consumption, so reducing natural sugars may inhibit their growth and proliferation.
- Studies have shown that participants in ketogenic diets have shown increased energy and better sleep. By day 4 or 5 of their new diet, they’re not so hungry for carbs, and their nocturnal rest has shown improvement, with a decrease in REM and increased slow-wave sleep patterns.
Why not give it a try, even if you only experience a few of the benefits highlighted above, you’re ahead of the game and taking control of your future health.