The Top 5 things you didn’t know about the Ketogenic diet!

Why go on a Ketogenic diet?

The Ketogenic diet is based on a significant reduction in carbohydrates and simultaneous increase in fat consumption. The diet causes a shift in your body’s metabolism from burning through the sugar and carbohydrates, instead to burning fat or ketones. When your body is using fat or ketones as the primary source of fuel, this is when you are in a state of Ketosis and this is the ultimate goal.

Here are the top 5 reasons that reinforce why making a change to the Ketogenic Diet may be a very good thing!

  1. The Ketogenic diet increases insulin sensitivity and lowers blood sugar

A decrease in insulin sensitivity can put your body in a state that may cause type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease and even Alzheimer’s disease. The ketogenic diet’s instruction to heavily decrease carb intake and increase fat has a great effect: both lowering blood sugar and increasing insulin sensitivity (by up to 75%!).

  1. Keto helps treat and prevent neurodegenerative disease

A shift in brain cell metabolism in favour of burning ketones instead of sugar is being attributed as a prevention of neurodegenerative diseases and also actually as an ongoing treatment for these types of diseases: Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s.

  1.    Keto helps people lose more weight when compared to a low-fat (normal) diet.

A number of studies have shown that the ketogenic diet is far more effective in comparison to a low-fat program in terms of appetite regulation, hunger control and overall weight loss.

  1. Keto reduces inflammation, the world’s leading cause of death

The ketogenic diet can severely reduce inflammation in the body. For overall health, this may be Keto’s greatest attribute due to inflammation affecting our bodies propensity for disease to occur.

  1. The  Ketogenic diet keeps our genes healthy

 Through a reduction in free-radicals, our genes overall health is then increased. Free radicals are the by-product caused through the production of our bodies energy by the mitochondria (our energy powerhouse found within our cells). When our mitochondria are utilising sugar as energy, the amount of free-radicals is greatly increased when compared to using fat as energy. These free radical molecules can lead to protein damage, fat damage and DNA damage.

Overall it’s clear that Keto can have a positive effect on your lifestyle. So, when you feel comfortable we encourage you to make the change!