The ketogenic lifestyle is one that has been practiced by many hunter-gatherer cultures throughout history. Upon the collection of many studies, the benefits behind the ketogenic lifestyle have been clearly discussed and are highly recommended for the following reasons:
- Low-carb diets have been clinically shown to reduce cravings and keep your body satiated much longer than a body on a low-fat diet.
- The weight you lose is actually from fat! Utilizing the ketogenic diet as a lifestyle, your body becomes adapted to ketosis, a system in which your body uses fat for fuel rather than carbohydrates.
- Triglycerides are lowered because of the lower sugar content consumed in the form of glucose and fructose.
- High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) counts sky-rocket on a low-carb diet. The ratio of triglycerides to HDLs is an indicator for heart disease, stroke and other circulatory issues; the higher the ratio, the higher the risk.
- Blood pressure is also decreased and reduces your risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) and the need for medication.
- Blood sugar and insulin levels decrease and your body becomes more insulin sensitive. This helps to lower your risk of diabetes; and if you already have it, implementing this new lifestyle can help scratch that disease off your list.
- The ketogenic lifestyle is the most effective treatment against metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is described as having high triglycerides, low HDLs, high fasting blood sugar and high abdominal fat, all of which are combated through the ketogenic diet!
- Studies have shown that the ketogenic diet can help with multiple brain disorders, such as depression, Alzheimers and epilepsy.
The power of the ketogenic diet is absolutely amazing. If done safely, ensuring your body receives the micronutrients it needs (especially sodium, potassium and magnesium) along with the macronutrients it needs (monounsaturated, saturated and polyunsaturated fats) as well as WATER, you will quickly see the results. If you have any current medical issues, always contact your doctor before changing your diet from high-carb to low-carb.
- The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, book by Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek: http://www.amazon.com/Art-Science-Low-Carbohydrate-Living/dp/0983490708/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431704412&sr=1-1&keywords=the+art+and+science+of+low+carbohydrate+living