Ketogenic or keto diet is fast gaining popularity among fitness buffs who wish to lose weight fast, but there’s much more to keto diet than just supporting fast and effective weight loss.
Ketogenic diet can help one to lose weight and combat metabolic diseases. It has also been shown to help with tons of other diseases and medical conditions apart from improving the overall health and fitness levels of people.
The keto diet is basically a high fat diet that includes moderate protein intake and very less carbs. In the absence of adequate carbs and increased fat, the body goes into a metabolic state called ‘ketosis’, where the body starts burning fats into ketones, which in turn helps in generating energy for the entire body.
Fat in the Keto diet comprises of only good fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, poultry fat and dairy fat such as butter and ghee (the last two in their unprocessed and homemade forms). Other staples in ketogenic diet include fish, meat, eggs, cheese, heavy cream, avocados, nuts, seeds and low-carb vegetables.
On the other hand, all carb sources are a total no on such a diet such as all grains including rice, potatoes, beans, milk, sweets, cereals, fruits (except avocado) and high-carb vegetables. All processed and junk foods are to be avoided.
After a few weeks on the keto diet, the brain and body becomes highly efficient at the fat burning process and in using ketones for fast energy generation instead of carbs.
The ketogenic diet has been proven to improve lean muscles, improve cognitive health, lowering insulin levels thus, extremely beneficial for diabetic patients, improving gut health and even recovering from pancreatitis. Keto diet lowers High blood pressure, drastically reduces abdominal obesity, reduces bad cholesterol levels and high blood sugar. It has shown to improve memory and can be beneficial for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and autism. It has also been proven to starve parasites with absence of instant sugar, and is very helpful for both obese and skinny kids.
Thus, if you wish to adopt the Ketogenic diet, get ready to lose weight, get into great shape, get sharper mind and enjoy host of other benefits.