Surely by now a majority of people know the basics of the Keto diet. It is low in carbs, high in fats, and requires a moderate intake of protein to get your body into a ketosis state.
This process will help you shed both inches and pounds all at once, but did you know the Keto diet isn’t just about losing weight? The Keto diet also has plenty of other health benefits. Here are 7 health benefits of Keto that you may not have known about.
Benefits of Keto:
1- More Visceral Fat Loss
When you are trying to lose weight, it does not always come off in the areas you want it to. However, low carb diets, like the Keto diet actually help you lose weight in your midsection. This is great news not only for those looking to fit into a smaller pants size, sooner, but it is also good news for those who are at risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
2- Increased Skin Health
Your hair, skin, and nails can surely benefit from a Ketogenic diet thanks to the increased intake of healthy fats and oils.
3- Lower Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels
Blood sugar and insulin levels are drastically reduced in people who are on low carb diets. If you have type 2 diabetes, it is possible that you can possibly reverse it, or at least find yourself taking less glucose medication over time, with a doctor’s approval, of course.
4- Increased Mental Focus
If you frequently find yourself forgetting things, and generally having a foggy mind, that can change with a ketogenic diet. Thanks to a consistent fuel source coming from ketones, rather than carbs here and there.
A Keto diet can help reduce inflammation and help relieve some of your daily pains. Au revoir anti-inflammatory medicines!
6- Say Goodbye to High Blood Pressure
If you frequently have high blood pressure, the Keto diet may be a way to help you lower it. By cutting a majority of the carbs out of your diet you should be able to reduce your blood pressure, lessening your risk of strokes, kidney failure, and heart disease.
7- Increased Levels of HDL Cholesterol
Wait, increased cholesterol levels can be a good thing? Absolutely. That is when it comes to HDL cholesterol, the good cholesterol. You are at a lower risk of developing heart disease when your HDL levels are higher than your LDL cholesterol levels, which is common with low carb diets.
The next time you are thinking about doing the Keto diet, these 7 health benefits prove that the Keto diet works!
I also recommend checking out this book, The Keto Diet, if you are just beginning your Keto journey.