Health Benefits of Keto Diet
So I know there’s been a lot of rumours going around about this infamous KETO diet? And after hearing what people have to say you might even want to dismiss it as another one of those fad diets.
But like every coin has two sides, there are people who actually swear by it and hence are overjoyed by what this KETOGENIC diet brings along And we, well we are just here to clear the air around it and share all there is to it. So let’s get started!
The Keto Diet gets credit for being a fast way to lose weight, but over 20 pieces of research suggest numerous benefits that are possible with this low -carb diet. Benefits like improved health, works against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and many more. Also, when you adopt the ketogenic way of life your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. it also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which ensures a constant supply of energy to the brain!
There are many types of Ketogenic diets :
- The standard ketogenic diet (SKD): This is a very low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs.
- Cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD): This diet involves periods of higher-carb refeeds, such as 5 ketogenic days followed by 2 high-carb days.
- Targeted ketogenic diet (TKD): TKD diet allows you to add carbs around workouts.
- High-protein ketogenic diet (HKD): This is similar to a standard ketogenic diet, but includes more protein. The ratio is often 60% fat, 35% protein, and 5% carbs.
Having discussed that, you can opt for whatever you feel works for you from the ones listed above!
Now coming to the benefits, there are quite a lot but we’ve narrowed them down to 6 odd points.
1. The energy level of your body Rises
Initially, you can experience some fatigue as your body adjusts to burning fat instead of glucose but post the initial few weeks, you will have a bundle of energy. The only thing you have to keep in mind is to increase your salt intake, you will likely need more than before as your body stops retaining water as it did pre keto. Other than that, enjoy all that extra energy!
2. Reduces Anxiety and Depression
Yes, its true Keto diet helps to reduce anxiety and depression. The research suggests this could be due to the fact that the protective brain benefits of the intake of healthy fats and low level of sugar. A follow-up study found that mice exposed to a ketogenic diet while in utero showed less susceptibility to anxiety and depression than mice born to mothers who were not on the keto diet.
3. Protect again type 2 Diabetes
The Keto Diet helps you cut daily carbohydrates to less than 20 grams. For people with diabetes, this may help do some damage control. There was one year of study where people with type 2 diabetes were put on ketosis. The results showcased dramatically improved blood sugar control.
4. Get a better sleep
All thanks to our hectic schedules, all we need at the end of the day is a good night’s sleep.
Apparently, Keto dies helps with that as well. Many people on a keto diet reported sleeping a much deeper sleep than normal days. The users also suggested that they felt some discomfort during the initial days but eased into it in during the following weeks.
5. Keto may boost heart health
Keto functions in such a way that it automatically boosts heart health. Once you start controlling your diet it leads to controlled cholesterol levels. So Loosing even a moderate amount of weight on the keto diet can help lessen cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and result in lower the LDL cholesterol and higher the HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart diseases.
6. Better Concentration
With better health, you will get a better life and good concentration at work. Today most of the health-related problems are due to obesity. Once the culprit is diminished, the good diet comes to play and you feel lighter and better hence concentrating better.
Now, having listed the major benefits, always remember everybody is different and reacts differently to a different thing. What might work for one, might not work for the other at all. So test everything and adopt habits that work for you!