How does a keto diet improve your health? What health benefits does it provide? How is it beneficial to those with chronic illnesses? Let’s read on to find out more!
A ketogenic diet is a very low carb and high fat diet that has been the ultimate eating plan for those seeking to burn fats efficiently. A keto diet recommends a diet based on about 70% healthy fats, 20% protein from meat and vegetables, 5% carbs and the rest on fruits and nuts to engineer our body into a state called ketosis.
On the other hand, a sustained diet especially high in both carbs and fats would rapidly lead to fat gains in the body and insulin spikes. This causes major disruptions in the keto process and could affect your goals of achieving the health benefits below.
Benefit 1: Fighting Obesity
Statistics have shown that obesity is a serious health issue among many countries. In Singapore, we are not spared. As the chart shows, obesity is neutral and affect people from all walks of life and across all races. The determinant factor was always based on the choice we made for ourselves – Diet!
There have been many successful testimonials from those who tried the keto diet. One would be the inspiring story of Kimberly Powell, which you can read here. Kimberly Powell lost nearly 150 pounds while on a “lazy” keto diet, meaning she ate under 20 grams of carbohydrates while having the planned high carb meal to balance her body needs for carb. As it was planned for, we won’t call it a cheat meal! But jokes aside, it is important that even when we plan for a high carb meal say once a week, we should avoid high carb with high fat!
Benefit 2: Lower Triglyceride Levels
While obesity is a major health issue by itself, it is also one of the causes for elevated triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are fats from the food we eat that are stored in the fat cells throughout the body. Unhealthy sources of fat, such as margarine (transfat!), as well as excess calories, turn into triglycerides and visceral fats surrounding our vital organs. Higher than normal levels of triglycerides in your body can lead to an increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, and metabolic dysfunction.
One report suggests that nearly one-third of Americans have elevated triglyceride levels, and this situation is similar across many developed countries based on their similar high carb high fat diet. However, elevated triglycerides levels can be hard to detect, and even harder to correct.
Thankfully, we have the solution for you! The keto diet is the perfect way to target the cause of elevated triglyceride levels – excess carbohydrates. The low carb nature of the keto diet restricts your daily carbohydrate intake, while the high amount of healthy fats consumed keeps your body satiated and energetic for longer. Keto also trains your body to become fat adaptive, by harvesting fats instead of carbs for basic daily energy. By targeting the root causes of elevated triglyceride levels, the keto diet helps you to lower them rapidly in a safe manner.
Benefit #3 – Combating Diabetics (Type II)
There are many similarities between the risk factors for obesity, high triglyceride levels and type 2 diabetes – excess calories, high carb diet. In fact, studies have shown that 70% of those suffering from type 2 diabetes have elevated triglyceride levels and very likely overweight.
People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes struggle with insulin resistance. Normally, insulin allows your cells to take in sugar to be used for energy. In type 2 diabetes, the cells are not responsive to insulin, resulting in inability to use sugar for energy.
How do type 2 diabetics combat their life-long illness? Once again, the answer lies in the keto diet! A study conducted in 2005 showcased that type 2 diabetics benefit greatly from the keto diet. After a 16-week period of the keto diet, results showcased a drop in their A1C blood test, a blood test that measures how long your red blood cells are exposed to glucose in your blood over the past 3 months. This led to diabetes medication being discontinued or reduced in most participants, while under close medical supervision.
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