The Keto diet is a pretty trendy topic right now. A lot of people are talking about it and their big successes with losing weight, but is there more to it than that?
The Keto diet is basically a low carb, high fat (LCHF) diet. You cut out all grains and high-carb foods like potatoes, and many partakers of the diet also cut out all sugar. The idea is to stay under 20 net carbs every day (sometimes more if you workout intensely). Many researchers who are pro keto, have claimed that the keto diet takes us back to what our ancient ancestors ate.
While it might sound terrible to cut out all of your favorite sweets and comfort foods, the benefits might entice you to try it if you’ve struggled with other diets.
Okay, we have to list this one. Weight loss is the number one reason people start a keto diet. As your body adapts to the high fat diet and is denied its regular carb-energy intake, it starts to burn fat for energy instead of glucose. Initially, most of your weight loss will be water weight. But you’ll find that the natural fatty foods are much more sustaining than your carb-loaded snacks and that you can go longer in between snack breaks and meals. You’ll naturally eat less calories because the keto diet can sustain you longer, thus, losing more weight in the long run.
When you cut out all the sugar you were consuming before, that will naturally have a much better impact on your dental health. Of course you still need to brush and floss, but less sugar means less opportunity for bacteria to form and eat away at your enamel. Professionals like those at Washington Periodontics will have a much easier time at your regular cleanings when you cut out sugar.
While this is a little harder to prove overall, there have been many instances that show the keto diet helping with disease control and prevention.
Research suggests that people with type 2 diabetes can see improvements in their HbA1c levels when they go on the keto diet.
Others have seen improvements in their mood, particular those with bipolar disorders. It can even help people with epilepsy, by significantly reducing the amount of seizures a person experiences.
The keto diet isn’t for everyone though, particularly pregnant women and those with kidney damage or anyone who is at risk for heart disease. If you want to try keto to lose weight, but are concerned about the potential impacts of it on your health, talk to your doctor or a nutritionist to find out if it’s right for you.
All diets work much better when complimented by mild exercise, quality sleep, and stress management techniques. Do what you need to take care of your body and ensure a healthy, happy life.