When you choose to follow the Keto Diet, you’re probably thinking of weight loss as your number one benefit. Of course, that’s normal. Everyone who goes onto a diet does so because they want to lose weight, and the other benefits tend to fall by the wayside.
When you choose the Keto Diet, you are actually not following a diet per se, you are changing your lifestyle and creating a healthier way to live. The Keto Diet isn’t a fad, it isn’t something you follow for a few weeks and then you’re done; the Keto Diet is a lifestyle, it is something you will follow for the rest of your days, and when you choose to live the Keto way, you can look forward to a huge range of different benefits, ones you might not have realised were possible.
First things first, we’re not going to dwell too much on what the Keto Diet is. Of course, by reading this article you already know that the Keto Diet is a low carb and high fat diet, and that you are forcing your body into a new metabolic state (ketosis) in order to burn fat for energy, rather than burning carbs, as you would do normally.
What you’ll want to know is the benefits that you can expect to obtain. This is by no way an exhaustive list, but below we are going to talk about the top five benefits of the Keto Diet. Hopefully these will be enough to push you towards a healthier, Keto way of life.
Guaranteed Weight Loss
When you are burning fat for fuel, rather than carbs, you are eating into your existing fat stores quickly. This means you are going to lose weight quite fast, and the first few weeks is likely to show quite a dramatic loss. Of course, as we mentioned before, this is probably the main reason people choose the Keto Diet initially. Weight loss on the Keto Diet is often faster than other diets, and you have less, or no, cravings to make your life a misery.
Many other diets are so restrictive in what you can eat, that they leave you craving all the things you’re missing – not the Keto Diet. The Keto is high in fat, and we know that fat is much more satisfying than anything else! Whilst you need to make sure you’re eating good fats and not bad ones, this is certainly going to leave you much happier than if you were following a diet which cut out fats drastically.
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Better Heart Health
Provided you stick to the rules, e.g. you eat plenty of good fats and not the bad ones, your heart will get a major boost in health. The Keto Diet can lower the bad cholesterol in your body (LDL) and as a result can increase the amount of good cholesterol (HDL). This helps to boost how healthy your heart is, and reduces the chances of you developing those rather nasty conditions that we all want to avoid, e.g. heart disease, stroke, heart attack, etc.
The thing to bear in mind here however is that the word ‘fat’ doesn’t mean you can eat all manner of processed foods and takeaways. The Keto Diet encourages a higher fat intake, but that means good fats, e.g. avocados, etc.
Less Inflammation Within The Body
Again, when followed correctly, the Keto Diet can seriously lower the amount of inflammation within your body. This is all down to the ketosis process, which helps to drastically reduce and slow down the production of free radicals, which cause inflammation to occur. When there is less inflammation within your body, you are healthier overall, and your body can function much more effectively. This also affects your immune system and speeds up your healing rate.
The lower inflammation benefit is also linked to other known Keto benefits, such as better immune system function, less chance of developing neurological disorders, and also helping to prevent and treat certain types of cancers.
Better Concentration And Focus
After the first stage of the Keto Diet you will notice that you suddenly feel more alert and awake. Your brain will be clearer and you will be able to focus and concentrate much easier as a result. This is again linked to a reduction in inflammation, which can affect brain function and concentration. The types of foods you are eating are also great for your brain and your focus levels, which is a serious boost for anyone who needs to focus on work on a daily basis!
In terms of brain function and mood, the Keto Diet is also known to help reduce the chances of developing depression and anxiety too, which is a benefit everyone should be pleased about.
A Boost in Energy Levels
When following the Keto Diet, especially after the first couple of weeks, most people notice that they have much more energy than they did before. This is partly because you have flushed your body of toxins and foods which make you feel sluggish and lacking in energy, and instead you are packing your diet with foods which are fresh, clean, and free of added nasties, e.g. pesticides and additives. You will therefore have a much bigger spring in your step as a result.
This could also be down to the inflammation reduction which is linked to the Keto Diet, but when it works in conjunction with better nutrition, you’re getting double the benefit.
These are just five of the benefits you can expect when you follow the Keto Diet. Remember, you need to allow your body the time to adjust when you first start following the diet. There is likely to be an adjustment period for a couple of weeks when your body might not be feeling its optimal best. This is normal and it is down to ketosis being established and your body transitioning into this new metabolic state. After that? It should be plain sailing all the way!