There are a lot of reasons for the increased popularity of the keto diet. It’s been known to help improve various functions of the body, quality of life, and cause rapid, mostly healthy weight loss. While most of us see those results as a no-brainer reason to jump on this new diet craze, others need a little more convincing. In this article, we’ll walk you through a few of the many reasons people are loving the keto diet.
You lose weight quickly
No one likes how long diets take to work, no one. In this day and age, we’re all far too accustomed to instant gratification and we just don’t want to work at something for a long time without the promise of guaranteed results. With keto, you don’t have that to worry about.
Once your body is in ketosis and stays there, the pounds just start to melt away. This means that it’s a shorter timeframe before you start noticing the results you desire. Achieving a more instant type of gratification with this diet also works to motivate you more and help you stick to it.
Better cognitive health
The process of ketosis (which your body enters into during the keto diet - hence the name) helps to improve cognitive health by replacing the predominant fuel for brain metabolism with ketone bodies rather than glucose, which can result in some anti-inflammatory effects.
Some have even seen success using the keto diet to help manage multiple neurological disorders, like epilepsy. They’ve found that it can even be useful in preventing the progression of alzheimer’s, reoccurring headaches, autism, multiple sclerosis, basically anything that involves brain inflammation. This is because of the anti-inflammatory effects of the keto diet.
Reduced appetite and cravings
Ketones, consumed for energy during ketosis rather than glucose, can also help to suppress your appetite. This makes it easier for you to stick to the designated limited number of calories you’re allowed during this diet. Many standard diets around today involve eating a considerable amount of carbohydrates which can increase your hunger and cravings.
Doing a low-carb, high-fat/protein diet can help to increase fullness and satiety more so than refined grains and sugary foods. This is because of the effect that proteins and fats have on our hormones that control our appetite, like ghrelin.
Reduced risk of developing diseases
Studies have shown that diets like keto that involve eating a very limited number of carbs, can actually help to improve some of your metabolic pathways, which then triggers protection against common chronic health issues. For example, this diet can help to improve inflammation levels, cardiovascular risk (like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides), and insulin sensitivity, which can then reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
Improved functioning of the metabolism
The keto diet can help to improve fat burning without reducing the resting rate of your metabolism. When you reduce your calories drastically, your resting metabolic rate slows down in an effort to conserve energy. However, when you reduce your carbs instead, you find the metabolism continues to work as it should, effectively initiating weight loss.
Improved and regulated hormonal health
The keto diet works to treat prevalent hormonal conditions by limiting both the proteins and the carbohydrates that you’re consuming while placing an emphasis on consuming healthy fats, making it even more effective at regulating glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity, and improving hormonal imbalances than higher protein diets.
It’s relatively easy
The keto diet is actually a lot easier to stick to than other crazy diet fads out there currently. While you still have to watch what you eat and limit yourself, you can still have access to all your favorite foods. That’s right; thanks to the popularity of the keto diet, there are thousands upon thousands of delicious low- or no-carb keto recipes readily available all over the internet. Many of these recipes are healthier keto versions of all your favorite foods, meaning you don’t have to deprive yourself of what you love.
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