What’s all the buzz about ketogenic dieting? Should you be doing it?
First of all, what is a ketogenic diet? A ketogenic diet is one that is high in fats, moderate in proteins, and low in carbohydrates. A ketogenic diet causes the body to enter “ketosis”, where the body’s primary source of fuel becomes fat as opposed to glucose from carbohydrates. There are several benefits to eating a ketogenic diet:
#1 WEIGHT LOSS: Many people who begin a ketogenic diet report weight loss. In the beginning, it’s mostly water being released from your fat cells. As the body begins to adapt to burning fat as it’s main source of fuel, fat cells can move into the bloodstream (becoming ketones) and can be utilized for energy. You may also feel less hungry, as consuming fewer carbs allows for insulin levels to be steadier over time.
#2 BETTER FOCUS: Your brain loves ketones. Ketones are a more effective form of energy for you brain than glucose and they’re found to be a protective antioxidant. What does that mean for you? They’re protective against free radicals that damage brain cells!
#3 FIGHTING INFLAMMATION: Studies have found that a ketogenic diet is beneficial for fighting inflammation. More research is being done to look at the benefits it has in fighting inflammatory diseases like IBS, eczema, acne, psoriasis, and more.
#4 PROTECTIONS AGAINST HEART DISEASE: Sound too good to be true? Believe it or not, a ketogenic diet has been found to lower bad cholesterol levels, blood pressure, blood sugar, and triglycerides. All these factors are protective against heart disease.
#5 HELPS DIABETES: Several studies have found that a ketogenic diet is beneficial for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as it helps to regulate insulin and blood sugar levels. In these studies, several people were able to decrease or discontinue their medications.
These are just a handful of the many benefits of a ketogenic diet. Is a ketogenic diet right for you? Be sure to consult with us or contact your primary care physician before beginning