5 Health Benefits of the Keto Diet
5 Health Benefits of the Keto Diet
There has been a lot of controversy about low-carb diets, and the Keto Diet is just one of many versions under scrutiny. A lot of people say that the high-fat content of a low-carb diet can cause Heart Disease caused by raised Cholesterol levels in the blood. The truth actually is, there are many health benefits of the Keto or low-carb diet.
The Keto Diet can not only cause you to lose more weight than a standard Calorie-count driven diet but can actually help to reduce your risk of Heart Disease and even lower your Cholesterol!
Let’s explore the Health Benefits!
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The Keto Diet can cause your Triglycerides to plummet!
That’s a good thing!
Triglycerides and LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) are the BAD Cholesterol!
The fat molecules that circulate in your bloodstream are Triglycerides. One of the main factors in elevated Triglyceride levels are leading a sedentary lifestyle and high Carbohydrate intake, simple sugars especially.
When you cut your Carbohydrate intake, you’ll have a dramatic reduction in your Triglyceride levels in your blood, which decreases your risk for Heart Disease!
Did you know? – A low-fat diet can actually cause your Triglycerides to increase.The Keto Diet has many surprising Health Benefits! Click To Tweet
The Keto Diet can cause a Reduction in Appetite!
You know how it is when you’re dieting! You’re hungry ALL THE TIME! That constant hunger is what drives people to “cheat” on their diets, or even give up completely.
Cutting your Carbohydrate intake can actually cause a reduction in appetite. There have been a few studies that have shown that people using the Keto Diet method of weight loss, which involves an increase of protein and fat intake, actually eat far fewer calories than someone on either a low-fat diet or a calorie-count driven diet.
Did you know? – In order to lose weight on a calorie-count driven diet, you must use more calories than you take in. Which means, you must exercise to see results. Not so on the Keto Diet, you will lose weight even while you sleep because your body is burning FAT instead of calories/carbs.
The majority of Fat Loss occurs around your Abdomen!
Well, you can’t expect all of your fat to be the same! It’s not…..
There are two main types of fat cells, Subcutaneous and Visceral. Subcutaneous fat is right under your skin, while Visceral fat collects in your abdominal cavity which is why some men have a large belly.
Visceral fat usually collects around the organs which in excess can lead to Inflammation and Insulin Resistance. By cutting your Carbohydrate intake and losing this type of harmful fat, you can cut your risk of Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.
Did you know? – The greater proportion of fat loss through the Keto Diet is Visceral fat (harmful fat). If you have Type 2 Diabetes, you may even begin to cure yourself by getting rid of Visceral fat.
Which brings me to….
The Keto Diet may help Reduce Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels!
There are studies that PROVE that a low-carb or Keto Diet can reduce Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels significantly! Because of this, some Diabetics who start the Keto Diet may need to reduce their Insulin dosage by as much as 50% (you’re cutting sugars!) not long after starting the diet, even immediately for some.
In one study alone, 95% of the people with type 2 Diabetes either dramatically reduced or eliminated their blood sugar lowering medications within 6 months of being in the study. Read it here – The effect of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet vs a low-glycemic index diet on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus.
TIP – Always talk to your Physician before starting a diet like the Keto Diet, especially if you have any form of Diabetes. Your insulin or blood sugar lowering medication may need to be adjusted to prevent Hypoglycemia.
The Keto Diet may help lower your Blood Pressure!
Hypertension is one of the leading risk factors for health problems such as Heart Disease, Stroke, and Kidney Disease. By cutting your Carbohydrate intake, you can drastically lower your blood pressure and significantly lower your risk for any of these diseases.
I was on blood pressure medication back in 2012. In 2013, when I started the Keto Diet myself, I was able to come off my blood pressure medications after about 3 months into my diet. I not only lost a significant amount of weight, but I haven’t needed blood pressure medications since! – True Story!
Did you know? – Hypertension can be a direct result of high sugar intake and obesity. By eliminating the simple and complex carbohydrates you can lose weight and reduce your blood pressure (Win-Win!)
The Fact is…..
The Keto Diet works! It not only helps you to lose the harmful fat that is inside your gut, but also helps control Diabetes, lowers blood pressure, and help lower your bad cholesterol levels. Being consistent with this diet is very important to your success! This diet is known to give you rapid results if done correctly and consistently, cheating is not an option because just ONE cheat day can throw you out of Ketosis and you’d be back to the beginning. No one wants that!
Having support is very important with the Keto Diet! It can come from a family member, your spouse, a good friend, or even a support group! This is not an easy diet to follow in the beginning, but with determination, motivation, and great support….YOU CAN DO THIS!
I’ve taught the Keto Diet to many people, and am overjoyed when I see their success! I want you to succeed too!
For an Introduction to the Keto Diet, please read my post here – The Keto Diet Explained
Part 2 of “5 Health Benefits of the Keto Diet”
Did you get anything out of this post? Let me know in the comments below! In Part Two I will have 5 more Health Benefits of the Keto Diet! I broke it up so it wouldn’t be such a long read 🙂 There’s THAT many! (Click the above Pin for Part 2).
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