Chances are you have heard a lot about the keto diet in recent months. After all, even some of the top celebrities in the world have been raving about this diet.
But what exactly is the keto diet and what are some of the benefits associated with it?
What Is The Keto Diet?
The keto diet is a low carb, high fat diet that has quite a few really amazing benefits.
The goal of the diet is to force your body to start burning fat for fuel instead of carbs or glucose.
Anytime you dramatically lower your carb intake, your body has no choice but to quickly use up all its carb stores and start burning fat and ketones for fuel.
This is known as ketosis and there is plenty of research that shows how effective it can be at helping you lose weight and deal with a host of other conditions.
4 Amazing Benefits of a Keto Diet
A lot research has been done on the keto diet and the many benefits that are associated with it. Read on to discover just 4 of the many amazing benefits you can experience as a result of a keto diet.
#1 – Helps With Fat Loss
Let’s start with the most obvious, and most sought after, benefit of a keto diet.
Most people are familiar with the keto diet because of the promise it will help you lose weight at a rapid pace.
The reason a keto diet can help you burn fat at such a rapid pace is because of the low amount of carbs you will be eating.
Anytime you eat such a low amount of carbs you take away your body’s main source of fuel. So instead of using carbs for fuel your body is forced to burn fat.
This includes the extra fat you are consuming and any body fat you already have.
This is what makes a low carb diet such as keto far more superior than a low fat diet.
#2 – Can Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Most people assume that a high fat diet is bad for your heart. And while in many cases that is true, when you are consuming healthy fats, such as those recommended for a keto diet, you actually reduce your risk of heart disease.
As you very well know, healthy fats do not pose the same risk as the processed fats that are often associated with high fat diets.
Healthy fats, things such as avocado, cheese, salmon, and whole eggs, help improve cholesterol markers and triglycerides.
One study showed that individuals who followed a keto diet for 24 weeks saw their blood glucose levels, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels all decrease as a result.
On top of that their HDL “good” cholesterol increased during the same period of time.
#3 – Improves Your Mood
Yes it is true, a keto diet can help improve your mood. Studies have shown that individuals on a keto diet experience beneficial changes in the energy profile of their brain.
It is believed that ketosis has the ability to cause positive gene expression to take place in the brain.
How amazing is that?
Anytime positive gene expression takes place in the brain your mood automatically improves.
Some studies have shown that individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder may be able to stabilize their moods by following a low carb, high fat diet.
#4 – Improves Brain Power
Who doesn’t want more brain power? With the keto diet you can get it.
A low carb, high fat diet has a very interesting effect on your mitochondria. The mitochondria is responsible for providing energy for everything that we do.
Ketosis, which is the state your body goes into when on a keto diet, has been shown to increase the number of mitochondria being produced in our brain cells.
As a result you will have more brain power. And the more brain power you have, the better your focus will be throughout the day.
This can lead to you being able to get more done in a shorter period of time.
The keto diet has also been shown to improve the memory of elderly patients dealing with cognitive impairment.
Alzheimer’s patients may also see improvements in cognitive symptoms as a result of the keto diet.
While the keto diet has a lot of really great benefits, it is not the diet for everyone.
For example, a low carb, high fat diet is not ideal for bodybuilders or serious athletes. This is because bodybuilders and serious athletes expend a lot of energy during their workouts and throughout the day.
Not having enough carbs will only hinder their progress. Here are a few more signs that keto might not be the right diet for you.
As with all diets, take the time to do your research before diving in.