Just a few benefits of the “Keto Lifestyle”
That’s right, lifestyle. Not diet.
When people hear the word “keto” one of the first questions they ask is “what’s so good about it?” The questions is valid and we’re going to talk about some of the benefits of the Ketogenic Lifestyle in this post.
First things first it’s important to understand what the ketogenic lifestyle actually is and what it’s all about.
What makes you “ketogenic”?
The ketogenic diet is a low carb, moderate protein, and high-fat diet. The goal of the diet is to get your body into a metabolic state known as ketosis.
What is ketosis?
Ketosis occurs when your body has depleted its glycogen (basically sugar) stores and is forced to find another fuel source. When this occurs your liver begins to process fat (from existing fat cells) into ketones which become your body’s main fuel source.
Easy version: ketones = energy.
Yes, that’s the elementary education of ketosis, but its enough to get you started down a path for real change. Let’s explore the benefits of the ketogenic lifestyle
Benefits of a Keto Lifestyle
Many other diets suffer from only having a single benefit and that is weight loss. The biggest problem with a pure weight loss diet is with only one benefit (weight loss), it becomes a lot easier to fall off the wagon.
Keto has numerous benefits due to how it changes your body’s chemistry. Your body is much more efficient when it has ketones as a fuel source. The fact that you’ll feel real change (not just in the mirror and on the scale) will help keep you motivated to keep going.
1. Weight Loss
This, of course, is the main benefit that people look for. Because fat becomes a source of energy your body actively burns fat when it needs more energy instead of looking for glucose.
But how does the actual process work?
When your body enters ketosis, both your blood sugar and insulin levels drop. This actually gives the fat cells the ability to release the water they’ve been retaining and this is why initially, most people see a big drop in weight loss due to losing water.
After that occurs the fat cells are small enough to enter the bloodstream and enter the liver where they can be converted into ketones.
2. Appetite Control
An amazing thing happens when your diet isn’t carb heavy. You find that you’re not as hungry as often and you don’t end up with random cravings that cause you to eat bad things.
What happens when you aren’t consistently looking for things to eat? You’re less likely to make bad decisions.
3. Better Mental Focus
The problem with carbs as an energy source is that they cause your blood sugar levels to rise and fall. Because the energy source isn’t consistent it’s harder for your brain to stay focused for long periods of time.
When you’re in ketosis and your brain uses ketones as a fuel source, it has a consistent fuel source that it can rely on which means you can focus for longer periods of time. You’re brain isn’t going up and down like a roller coaster. You’re a steady eddy.
You also don’t have a cloudy mind. It’s really hard to explain the feeling because when you’re eating carbs you don’t realize that your mind isn’t at 100%. Once you’re in ketosis you will begin to see the difference, especially if you spend a day or two eating carbs again.
4. More Energy
Your body can only store so much glycogen and because of this, you need to constantly refuel if you want to maintain your energy levels. However, your body already has plenty of fat to work with and it can store more fat so that means in ketosis it has an energy source that will never run out.
This means that you’ll find yourself with more energy throughout the day.
Can you imagine a world where you don’t feel like you need to take a nap after lunch? That is the ketogenic lifestyle through and through…
5. Helps Fight Type II Diabetes
People that suffer from Type II Diabetes suffer from an increased production of insulin. Because the ketogenic lifestyle removes sugars from the diet, it helps to lower the HbA1c count and can effectively reverse Type II diabetes. Studies have shown that adhering to a ketogenic lifestyle can reduce key markers that are related to type II diabetes.
6. Increases levels of HDL Cholesterol
When people hear this one they usually panic but there are two types of cholesterol: HDL and LDL.
HDL is the good cholesterol that carries cholesterol away from the body and to the liver where it can be reused or excreted. LDL, on the other hand, carries cholesterol from the liver and to the rest of the body.
On keto, the level of triglycerides in your body decreases, while the HDL levels increase. The Triglycerides:HDL ratio is a strong indicator of heart disease. The higher it is, the greater your risk of heart disease. KETO PREVENTS AND CAN REVERSE HEART DISEASE.
7. Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a sign of future heart problems. Keto does a wonderful job of helping to lower blood pressure. When people start the ketogenic lifestyle, they often find they are able to stop taking blood pressure medicine within just a few months.
The Keto Lifestyle is a Gamechanger
One of the great things about keto that isn’t mentioned above is the variety of delicious recipes that you get to make. If I told you that you can add butter and cheese to what you want would you be disappointed?
This doesn’t include the awesome fat bombs that you can make.
The ketogenic lifestyle is much more than a diet. It really becomes a lifestyle that you adapt to and we have found that it has completely changed our lives for the better.