There are more and more evidences which show that nutritional ketosis helps in the treatment of numerous health issues among which is obesity. Ketogenic diet causes metabolic changes in the body and as a result the body shifts from burning carbohydrates to burning fats. In order to keep this diet, people should consume foods rich in beneficial fats like grass-pastured butter, coconut oil, organic pastured eggs, raw nuts, and avocado.
The nutritional intake should be around 70% fats, 25% protein, and 5%carbohydrate. On the other hand, the intake of carbs should be limited. People should also avoid consuming refined carbohydrates like starch ( potatoes, legumes), wheat( cereals, bread) or fruit.
“The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories, but through starvation of carbohydrates. Our bodies are extremely adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the main energy source,” according to Ruled.me.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF A KETOGENIC DIET
Leads to Weight Loss
Probably one of the most simplest and fastest ways to lose weight is by eliminating carbs from your daily diet. The ketogenic diet requires very low intake of carbs, protein is moderate and fat intake is increases. As a result of this diet, the body relies on fat as a primary fuel and produces ketones from stored body fat.
Sugar supports cancer since cancer cells feed on sugar. This means that any kind of diet that eliminates sugar and other carbs will be very effective in preventing and even combating cancer. Normal cells in the body use the fat for energy. On the other hand, fat is not the primary fuel for cancer cells.
Redox Biology published a review which claimed that this diet can help in the treatment of colon, gastric and prostate cancer. According to Dr. Eugene Fine of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, ketone bodies alter the availability of energy processes in cancer cells and they inhibit cancer growth.
As summarized in the preliminary paper from Dr. Fine`s team, “Preliminary data demonstrate that an insulin-inhibiting diet is safe and feasible in selected patients with advanced cancer. The extent of ketosis, but not calorie deficit or weight loss, correlated with stable disease or partial remission.”
Protects your brain
Diet that is low in carbs and high in fat is very beneficial for other neurological disorders as well. Behavioral Pharmacology published a study which showed that ketogenic diets can reduce symptoms of Alzhemier’s and Parkinson’s disease. The results from one study showed that people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease who followed a 4-to-1 ketogenic diet underwent a 43% improvement in their symptoms just after one month.
Moreover, according to numerous studies, autistic people can also benefit from this type of diet. As stated in one article: “Autism shares some features with epilepsy, and many people with autism experience seizures related to the over-excitement of brain cells.”
After so many researches done, there are evidences that autistic children show improvement after following ketonic diet for 6 months.
Additional Health Benefits of Keto Diet
- Treats acne
- Leaves you satiated for longer
- Decreases LDl cholesterol
- Boosts energy
- Improves triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels