There are numerous benefits that come with being on keto: from weight loss and increased energy levels to therapeutic medical applications. Many people can safely benefit from eating a low-carb, high-fat diet. Below, you’ll find the top five benefits you can receive from a ketogenic diet.
1. Increased energy and normalized hunger
By giving your body a better and more reliable energy source, you will feel more energized during the day. Fats are shown to be the most effective molecule to burn as fuel.
On top of that, fat is naturally more satisfying and ends up leaving us in a satiated (“full”) state for longer.
2. Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
A keto diet has shown to improve triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels most associated with arterial buildup. More specifically low-carb, high-fat diets show a dramatic increase in HDL and a decrease in LDL particle concentration compared to low-fat diets.
Many studies on ketogenic diets also show better improvement in blood pressure over other diets. Some blood pressure issues are associated with excess weight, which is a bonus since keto can help with weight management and weight loss.
3. Weight Loss
The ketogenic diet essentially uses your body fat as an energy source – so there are obvious weight loss benefits. On keto, your insulin (the fat-storing hormone) levels drop greatly which turns your body into a fat-burning machine.
Scientifically, the ketogenic diet has shown better results compared to low-fat and high-carb diets; even in the long term.
4. Control Blood Sugar
Keto naturally lowers blood sugar levels due to the type of foods you eat. Studies even show that the ketogenic diet is a more effective way to manage and prevent diabetes compared to low-calorie diets.
If you’re pre-diabetic or have Type II diabetes, you should seriously consider a ketogenic diet. An abundant amount of research shows that a low carb, ketogenic diet can help people maintain their blood sugar levels in a healthy range. Even if you’re athletic, you can benefit from insulin and blood sugar optimization on keto through eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids.
5. Mental Focus
Many people use the ketogenic diet specifically for increased mental performance.
Ketones are a great source of fuel for the brain. When you lower carb intake, you avoid big spikes in blood sugar. Together, this can result in improved focus and concentration. Studies show that an increased intake of fatty acids can have a positive impact on our brain function.
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