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Ketogenic Diet Health Benefits
Since the turn of the millenium, a greater focus has been put on Low-Carb Diets.
Theres been increased interest in the scientific community on other benefits of the ketogenic diet.
Scientists across the globe have researched the benefits and side effects of LCHF Diets.
Our infographic above on the Ketogenic Diets health benefits, lists what is known so far. In short that keto is great for:
- Heart Health
- Controlling Blood Sugar and Insulin
- Appetite control
- Greater longer lasting weight loss due to
- Neurological benefits
- Stabilizing Moods
- Longer lasting energy.
There are also promising indications in other areas of health, nutrition, and medicine that are not “as yet” conclusive but no less exciting. (due to the length of time a genuine scientific study takes to conclude its findings). We won’t list those here, but will update as these further studies in to ketosis are concluded.
#1 Heart Health / Cardiovascular Benefits
Ketogenic Diets increase levels of good HDL cholesterol whilst lowering Triglyceride levels in the blood which are major risk factors in heart disease.
#2 Blood Sugar and Insulin Resistance
When you eat a low carb diet (and moderate protein) with high fat your blood sugar levels reduce dramatically as does the insulin you produce to deal with it. On High-Carb diets many people develop a condition called insulin resistance, Ketogenic Diets have been shown to benefit and even reverse this.
#3 Ketogenic Diet Appetite Suppressing Benefits
A properly implemented Ketogenic Diet has the added benefit of curbing hunger pangs through its unique action in suppressing the hunger hormone Ghrelin. Hunger is by far the biggest obstacle in most weight reduction diet plans.
#4 Weight Loss Benefits
Not only do you experience the dramatic weight loss in the initial stages of a ketogenic diet. You will also see a constant steady loss of fat thereafter due to to the appetite suppressing and muscle sparing factors of a Keto Diet. For more information read our article Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss, Ketosis Done Properly.
#5 Neurological Benefits
The ketogenic Diet has been used for over a century in the treatment of Epilepsy. It’s reported that more than 50% of people see a reduction in seizures and around 15% become seizure free. It is also being studied as a treatment for Alzheimers, Parkinsons Disease, Bi-Polar and others.
#6 Mood Stabilizing
It’s no secret that if you feed a child sugary treats and beverages that you can expect a degree of hyper behavior and mood swings followed by a sudden crash. This is no different for adults. Though by the time a person has aged somewhat the physical aspect of this spike has turned purely mental. No such thing on a Keto Diet.
#7 Longer Lasting Energy
Fat has the benefit of giving our bodies a longer lasting and sustained energy than that of carbohydrates. This is probably why many elite athletes in sporting fields of duration have turned to a higher fat lower carb way of eating to fuel their bodies.
For a more in-depth read on the Ketogenic Diet read our article Ketogenic Diet, what is Keto and why do it?