7 Outstanding Benefits of Keto Diet
As ketogenic diet has become quite popular by now, you might know what it is. But if you don’t, a ketogenic, or keto for short, diet is the one which consists of fat in high amount, protein in moderate amount and carbohydrate in very low amounts. The basic principle of the keto diet is that it makes your body go in ketosis, i.e. your body starts burning fat to get energy, instead of carbohydrate, and thus fat content in the body starts reducing.
Keto diet was actually designed to treat the symptoms of childhood epilepsy. However, it was soon found to help lose weight and became popular as a weight loss diet. You can either follow a full ketogenic diet plan or just find low-carbohydrate meals for your keto breakfast. In any case, you have a lot of delicious options in the form of eggs, sausage patties, tomatoes, cottage cheese, and many more.
Here are some outstanding health benefits of keto diet.
1. Help Lose Weight
As weight is the concern for most people nowadays, there is good news for weight enthusiasts that keto diet doesn’t make the dieter hungry at all, maybe because ketosis probably suppresses hunger hormone, ghrelin, due to which the hunger monster within you is tamed. Thus when you start a satiating diet while cutting out many foods, you are bound to lose weight. One study has even found that participants on a very low-carb diet (such as keto) lost more weight than those on a low-fat diet.
2. Makes Your Heart Strong
Don’t you believe it? Naturally! How can you believe that a diet loaded with butter, cheese and meat reduces the chances of heart attack? Well, though it’s still not clear how the keto diet protects heart health long term, particularly of those who are inclined to have heart disease, research shows that ketogenic diet may help improve HDL and LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels and improve cardiovascular risk factors in general.
3. Fights Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a shattering attack on an individual’s nervous system partly because of an abnormal collection of a protein known as alpha-synuclein. Research has found that keto diet may help destroy these proteins, thereby decreasing the associated motor and cognitive symptoms.
4. Treats Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
While there is a little research in this area, exciting results have been found in a 2016 study that keto diet helped improve the physical and mental health, and quality of life of patients suffering from multiple sclerosis.
5. Keeps Your Blood Sugar Balanced
Another controversial yet encouraging study has suggested that diabetes patients when follow a low-carb diet like keto find improvement in their insulin sensitivity by around 75%, along with a decrease in blood sugar control medications. What is still not confirmed is that whether these results are particularly because of the effect of ketosis or due to overall weight loss, thus similar results could be found tentatively with any successful diet.
6. Prevents Epileptic Seizures
As mentioned earlier, the main purpose of creating keto diet was to treat childhood epilepsy. Since 1920 till today it’s a safe diet for epileptic episodes, because, as per the research, it may help lessen the frequency of seizures by 30 to 40 percent.
7. Slows the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease
Research shows that keto diet may bring about an improvement in the cognitive function of Alzheimer’s patients due to the improvement in their mitochondrial function.
While it seems almost impossible to cut carbs for long term, and also mixed results about weight loss have been observed after 1 year of following keto diet, it’s best to consult your doctor before following any diet since s/he can tell you what is the best for you.