The ketogenic diet originated as a tool for treating neurological diseases in the early 1900’s. Studies have shown that the diet can have benefits for a wide variety of different health conditions.
- Heart disease: The keto diet can improve risk factors like HDL levels, body fat, blood pressure and blood sugar.
- Cholesterol: A ketogenic diet has been shown to improve triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels most associated with arterial buildup.
- Energy: By giving your body a better and more reliable energy source, you will feel more energized during the day.
- Hunger. Fat is naturally more satisfying and ends up leaving us in a satiated (“full”) state for longer.
- Alzheimer’s disease: The diet may reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s and slow down the disease’s progression.
- Epilepsy: Research has shown that the ketogenic diet can cause reductions in seizures in epileptic children.
- Cancer: The diet is currently being used to treat several types of cancer and slow tumor growth
When you live the keto lifestyle your body is burning fat rather than carbs as its main source of energy. You will essentially be using your fat stores as an energy source while in a fasting state. Most people feel fuller and find they eat less but have more energy. The diet can help you lose fat and preserve muscle mass. In one study, people on a ketogenic diet lost 2.2 times more weight than those on a low-calorie, low fat diet.