What is Keto or Ketogenic diet?
Though, I am not a medical person, but lot of moms wonder about this word”keto diet”. So, I am just trying to make it understandable in simple words. Please, feel free to correct me if I am wrong somewhere.
A keto diet is a low carb and high fat diet that has proven to be very beneficial for health.
It involves replacing carbohydrates diet with fat.
When only fat is available for the body to burn, the body converts the fats into fatty acids, and then into ketones, which can be taken up and used to fuel the body.
But, if you’re going to try something like a ketogenic diet, it would be important to check with your physician to make sure you’re not harming yourself.
How It Works?
When you eat less carbs a day, your body eventually runs out of sugar it can use quickly. This typically takes 3 to 4 days. Then you’ll start to break down protein and fat for energy, which can make you lose weight. This is called ketosis.
It’s important to note that the ketogenic diet is a short term diet that’s focussed on weight loss rather than the pursuit of health benefits.
Benefits of Keto Diet
1. Weight Loss– Due to no intake of carbohydrates, body uses excess fats stored in the body, thus resulting in rapid weight loss.
2. Reduces inflammation and pain – The diet cuts out all sugar, which is extremely inflammatory and can lead to chronic pain. It also encourages the production of adenosine, a naturally occurring chemical in the body that acts as a pain reliever.
3. Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases – Losing even a moderate amount of weight on the keto diet can help lessen cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure which helps to protect against heart disease.
4. Improves brain function – It may improve memory and brain function in people with Alzheimer’s disease. On a very low-carb diet, up to 70% of the brain can be fueled by ketones. The rest can be fueled by glucose produced in the liver.
5. Reverses type 2 diabetes – Since, it allows the body to maintain glucose levels at a low but healthy level. The lower intake of carbohydrates in the diet can help to eliminate large spikes in blood sugar, reducing the need for insulin.
6. Weakens cancer cells – When you eat a ketogenic diet, your blood sugar levels go way down. Basically, it starves the cancer cells, which leads to their slow growth and decrease in size or they may possibly even die.
Note : Don’t use it as a substitute to chemotherapy without consulting your doctor
7. Reduces hunger cravings – It prevents an increase in appetite, despite weight loss, although individuals may indeed feel slightly less hungry. Ketosis appears to provide a helps in suppression of appetite and food cravings.
8. Increases energy levels – Instead of fueling with carbs, you drain your body of its excess stores and fueling it with healthy fats.This helps you feel better physically and give you more energy.