10 Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet - dummies

10 Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

By Vicki Abrams, Rami Abrams

Check out these top ten reasons for sticking to the keto diet plan and explore these keto benefits. Ketosis will change your life for the better.

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Jump-starting weight loss

The verdict is in: If you’ve tried every diet under the sun and you haven’t been able to lose weight or, worse, you’ve regained all the weight you lost and more, the keto diet may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Research has consistently shown that people on the keto diet lose more weight and keep it off longer than people on low-fat, high-carb diets.

Stabilizing blood sugar

Diabetes is rampant in western society. Up to one-third of Americans are prediabetic, and many don’t even know it. Keto is a safe and natural way to make sure your blood sugars are always in a healthy and normal range. With normal blood sugar levels, you won’t have high levels of insulin, the hormone that over time causes you to pack on pounds and leads to diabetes if levels get too high. The keto diet is so effective that some doctors and nutritionists recommend the keto diet to manage and even reverse type 2 diabetes!

Increasing energy

Ketosis is a fuel-efficient way for the body — and the brain — to run on fats. Many people on the keto diet notice more energy and a general joie de vivre that they’ve been missing on a high-carb diet. You experience no sugar swings or carb cravings. Instead, you’re letting your body do what it does best: Thrive.

Lowering cholesterol levels

Fat is good for you! Studies show that the range of fats in a well-rounded keto diet helps to improve your cholesterol numbers by

  • Decreasing triglyceride levels
  • Decreasing low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol
  • Increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol

Improving your cholesterol numbers is critical to keeping your heart healthy and preventing cardiovascular disease like heart attack and stroke.

Lowering blood pressure

High blood pressure is another common ailment that plagues a lot of Americans. High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” because most people who have it have no idea they’re affected. A low-carbohydrate diet has been shown to lower blood pressure, and the complications that come along with it, so you won’t have anything to worry about and can expect a long and healthy life.

Getting better sleep

The keto diet is an excellent tool for getting those much needed zzz’s. It increases the amount of time you spend in the most regenerative parts of sleep — deep sleep and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. You’ll get more restful sleep even when you can’t get as many hours as you’d like. That means no wasted time counting sheep or staring at the clock.

Eliminating cravings

Eating a high-fat, low-carb diet naturally shuts down pesky sugar cravings. Without the drug-like addiction to carbs, you’ll experience freedom like never before.

High-fat foods leave you feeling satisfied, energetic, and with no thoughts of your next meal. Without thoughts of dinner or cake — or regrets about overindulging weighing heavily on your mind — you’ll be energized to focus on the things you love and care about.

Looking your best

Not only does sugar cause cravings and weight gain, but it’s also a trigger for acne. If you’re looking for a safe and natural treatment for facial acne, the keto diet may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Some dermatologists are now recommending low-carb diets to teenagers and others who can’t get rid of acne despite trying a host of prescription medicines. So, the keto lifestyle not only keeps you healthy, but also keeps you looking good as well!

Lifting your mood

Most people on the keto journey notice that the little things don’t phase them as much as they used to when they ate bread and pasta regularly. That’s because, unlike carbs, which contribute to brain fog, ketosis increases

  • Ketones, which decrease inflammation and strengthen the connection between brain cells
  • Substances like adenosine and gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), which calm your brain cells and limit overexciting brain cells

Continuing the keto lifestyle may help you shake off the blues and see the sunnier aspects of life.

Stopping inflammation in its tracks

Many of the chronic illnesses that plague Americans are a result of inflammation that is a direct result of overindulgence in sugars and other high-carb foods. The keto diet works hard to keep your body healthy and inflammation-free, which prevents things like heart disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, and a host of other conditions.