The ketogenic diet – consisting of low-carbohydrate alternatives with moderate protein and fat – is renowned for helping people lose weight. But there are many other transformative health benefits too.
Here are five key health benefits of following a keto diet:
Helps with weight loss
Many people have heard how powerful the ketogenic diet is for helping you lose weight. This is because the diet causes your liver to burn the fat stored around your body through a process called ‘lipolysis’, where the body breaks down lipids.
Lipids are the fats in your body which can be used as an alternative energy source over glucose, found in carbohydrate-rich foods. The main source of fat burned for energy on the ketogenic diet is from the visceral fat which accrues in the abdominal cavity around your stomach and internal organs.
So, not only does it help you lose fat from this area, it is healthy for your stomach region and can drastically reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Increases your energy
When we switch to lower-carbohydrate foods like those found on the keto diet, our body switches into a state of ketosis. This is where the body use ketones, made from broken-down fat molecules, instead of glucose for energy.
Compared to the energy we gain from eating high-carbohydrate foods such as; cereals, starchy vegetables, breads, sugar and grains, a high-fat ketogenic diet can create over double the amount of energy molecules, without the usual peaks and lows of energy found in a normal diet are diminished, and you can find your energy levels higher than before.
Regulates appetite and reduces cravings
When your body is in a state of ketosis, it makes ketones. Ketones suppress the hunger hormone and make you feel full. This means you’re less tempted to crave carbs or sugars, and your body starts fuelling itself on fat stores.
Researchers have discovered that there is a powerful connection between the gut and the brain. In fact, the gut and its digestive tracts have the largest network of neurons in the body outside of the brain.
These networks of neurons within the gut form the enteric nervous system. This system has an extensive two-way connection with the central nervous system and is often referred to as the “second brain”. It is also where some of our main neurotransmitters are formed, such as serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid, which helps control feelings of happiness, fear and anxiety.
Our gastrointestinal system is prone to inflammation which often causes toxins to leak into our system, including the brain. This can cause us to experience a range of mood and psychological changes.
Reducing reactive and inflammatory foods, which you can do on a ketogenic diet, can prevent both inflammation and a leaky gut. This can help you prevent triggers for issues including anxiety and depression, allowing you to stabilise your mood.
Improves heart health
Eating a diet that’s high in fat and low in carbohydrates can have a positive impact on the health of your heart. Following the ketogenic diet can help lower your blood sugar, blood pressure and improve your insulin function – all of which are critical in reducing inflammation and improving heart health.
Adopting a keto diet helps reduce the damage of a high-carb diet which can cause serious health conditions including stroke, kidney failure and heart disease.
These are just 5 of the health benefits associated with a ketogenic diet. For more information on how a ketogenic program could benefit you, find the nearest trained practitioner to you and enquire about Ultra Lite today.