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What is a Keto Diet?

11/12/2017


The keto diet courts ketosis. This is a natural process the body uses to survive in which it produces ketones that break down fat in the liver to use as energy.

It’s sometimes known simply as a low-carb diet. When you eat something high in carbs, your body produces a lot of glucose and insulin. Glucose is very easy to convert into energy, so it will be chosen before any other source. Insulin is required to process glucose. By lowering your intake of carbs, your lack of glucose will induce ketosis. This means that ketones are burnt as your primary energy source, and that comes with a score of benefits.

Here are just a few of the most important.

Weight Loss

Since ketosis uses your stored body fat as its primary energy source, you can expect to lose plenty while you’re on this diet. Additionally, falling levels of insulin, which is your body’s fat storing hormone, turns you into a fat burning powerhouse.

Control Your Blood Sugar

The keto diet is an ideal way to naturally lower you blood sugar levels. Studies have demonstrated that it can therefore be used to manage and even prevent diabetes. If you have Type 2 diabetes or are pre-diabetic, it’s well worth considering the keto diet.

Increase Focus

Feel your focus flagging towards the middle of the afternoon? Try the ketogenic diet. Ketones are a great source of brain food, and avoiding spikes in your blood sugar means you won’t experience any peaks and troughs of energy. You should also be eating more fatty acids, which have been shown to benefit the brain.

Increase Energy

With a more reliable energy source, you’re feel more energized throughout the day. You’ll also find that hunger isn’t such a bother because fat, which the keto diet focused on heavily, is a great at leaving us feeling full and satisfied.

Control Cholesterol and Blood Pressure

Adopting a keto diet can improve triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels, especially those linked to a build-up of cholesterol. Going low-carb, high-fat also increases good cholesterol, so you should notice your blood pressure readings improving.

Acne

Many people are surprised to see their skin quality improve dramatically thanks to the keto diet. It commonly reduces skin inflammation and lesions, especially when you restrict your intake of dairy products.