You hear about Keto everywhere these days. This is a new buzzword, and a favorite among people looking to lose weight. It’s also the new hate target of the traditional food-pyramid mainstream medical industry. The ketogenic diet, while it’s not the magic bullet cure-all for every disease on the planet, it does a pretty great job at being potential healer of many ailments. Let’s look at the science and separate fact from fiction to see what the benefits of the keto diet are.
Benefit 1) Improved Brain Function
A poorly functioning brain, as you may have already experienced, leads to lessened work productivity, which in turn means an unhappy boss, lack of job satisfaction, sugar cravings for energy, and depression. It’s a horrible domino effect. The original ketogenic diet was formulated by Dr. Russell Wilder in the early 20th century to treat epilepsy. The success rate was phenomenal and it is still used today to treat epilepsy and other brain disorders. Research also indicates that ketones are more efficient brain fuel than glucose. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5102124/)
Benefit 2): Effective Weight Loss
This is by far the most common reasons people implement the keto diet. Why is weight loss so much easier when on the ketogenic diet compared to other regular diets? For these reasons:
• The macros on a keto diet is usually composed of 75% fat, 20 % protein, and 5% or less carbohydrates. With its high fat content and lack of sugar the keto diet leaves people with diminished cravings. Keto helps with eliminating wild swings in blood sugar from carbs and bingeing and with the high fat content there’s also increased satiation so people end up eating less. Many people also have food sensitivities. Grains and gluten foods, for example can be problematic, so eliminating these foods may also lead to an increased ability to absorb essential minerals like zinc, magnesium and potassium. This means your body may be more nourished and this leaves you with fewer cravings
• When your blood sugar is running low, your body uses its glycogen stores for energy. Glycogen stores typically house about 2000 calories as “backup” energy for when you run out of blood or muscle glucose. As an intelligent machine, your body depletes these glycogen stores and will then turn to its own body fat as fuel.
Remember: The ketogenic diet is not meant to be a free-for-all eating diet. If you are eating many more calories than you need, you will very likely not lose weight. Keep focusing your diet around fatty cuts of meat like grass-fed beef, coconut oil, butter, eggs, avocados etc. And make sure to eat lots of green veggies and cruciferous vegetables. And don’t kid yourself about keto desserts, dairy, and sweets; if you get in the habit of not choosing them you won’t be tempted when the real thing presents itself.
Benefit 3): Possible Benefits With Cancer
There are studies like the one linked below that show promise for implementing the ketogenic diet and having it lead to a dramatically increased survival time and slower tumor growth. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5450454/)
If you’re reading this article now, chances are you are in some sort of pain, whether physical and/or mental (being overweight, struggling with autoimmune disorders, thyroid disease, fatigue, brain fog) and want to change. Use this information, don’t just skim through it and store it in the back of your brain and say “that’s nice for some people”, motivate yourself to change.