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The Keto lifestyle is a glorious thing, but let’s chat about the word “diet”. When you hear someone say they’re going on a diet, it is usually some form of extreme calorie restriction or removal of foods that said person has no intention of sticking with once their goal is reached. The problem with that is when you go back to eating the way you were before you were happy with your weight/body/muscle mass/etc. you will inevitably return to your previous body. These changes only work if they become the new way you choose to function. So, when I say “diet”, I am referring to the literal meaning of the word which is simply referring to the foods you ingest.
While the Keto diet does represent a restriction on many foods, it is also cutting out a lot of food groups and choices that aren’t doing much to benefit your body to begin with. This high-fat, low-carb and moderate-protein diet allows your body to turn to fat for energy instead of carbs. Once your body begins producing ketones, fat will be your primary energy and fuel source. There are many benefits to
this way of eating, but here are a few of my favorites:
Being in ketosis allows your body to burn stored body fat for energy (especially in a fasted state),allowing for expedited fat burning.
Appetite Control and Reduced Cravings
Keto-friendly foods are much more efficient than those high in carbs. High fat means you will be full faster and for longer periods of time. Your blood sugar will remain consistent which will lead to less cravings and a steadier appetite without the rollercoaster of sugar spikes and crashes.
Lower Blood Sugar
Not only will your blood sugar be more consistent, it can help lower it all together. This is especially beneficial for those with Type 2 Diabetes.
Using ketones and fat for fuel instead of carbs can lead to higher and more consistent energy levels. While your energy can dip at first during your body’s transition to a new fuel source, after maintaining ketosis, many people find they have much more energy than before they started.
A lot of critics of the keto diet say that eating so much fat is horrible for your heart and cholesterol levels. This simply isn’t true. Time and again, results have proven the keto diet’s ability to lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol and increase HDL or “good” cholesterol.
While these aren’t the only benefits of a ketogenic lifestyle, they are some of the most impactful to your health and well-being.