10 Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet
Ketogenic Diets have been getting a lot of attention in the media recently (for good reason). If you have been following my writing recelt, you know I have been following the “No Sugar, No Grains” (NSNG) Diet, which definitely follows similar principals of a “ketogenic diet” which is a Low carb, High Fat diet.
Since starting this kind of diet I have been doing a lot more research (googling, I am certainly no “expert”) on Ketogenic diets. I recently came across this article by Kris Gunnars, titled “10 Benefits of a Low-carb and Ketogenic Diets”. I am going to run through each of these benefits that Kris mentions in his article, and give you my personal experience with. Some of thsese things I can say I have experienced, some not so much.
1. Ketogenic Diets “Kill your appetite” in A good Way.
This Has been my experience, 100%! I recently wrote that the most dramatic difference I have noticed since starting a low-carb, high-fat diet is that all my “hunger pains” went away! I used to have breakfast at 7:00 and by 10:00 I would be STARVING and craving food to the point it was hard to focus unless I got a snack. 2 months into NSNG, I have breakfast at 7:00 and I don’t even think about eating until 12:00.
2. Ketogenic Diets Help with Weight Loss
Again, my experience has been that this is true in my case. I was pretty far into my “Fitness Journey” when I started my low-carb, high-fat diet . I was already working out 5–6 days a week and I had naturally begun cutting out a large amount of the grains and sugars in my diet. However, since starting really cracking down on the carbs (I’ve always been good at not eating sugar) I have been extra strict about eliminating practically ALL grains and sugars (outside of fruit) from my diet. I must say, while my weight has not flutated very much, I have never felt more ready for the beach.
3. A Greater proportion of Fat Loss comes from the Abdominal Area
Not much I can say here that i did not cover in point 2 but yes I agree this has been the case for me, as I said i feel ready for the beach
4. Triglycerides Decrease
According to Kris’s article, when we cut carbs and simple sugars such as fructose their tends to be a reduction in the level of triglycerides (fat molecules) in the blood. I am not a doctor so I don’t know if this claim has been proven.
I have not been to my doctor to get any tests done since beginning my low-carb, high-fat diet so I cannot confirm if this has been the case for me, but I will begin monitoring this and provide updates on future blog posts. I will be most interested in monitoring this overtime as I will have some hard data on the impacts this low-carb, high-fat diet is having on me.
5. Increased Levels of HDL AKA the “Good” Cholesterol
Again, I have not been to the doctor to get my HDL levels checked, but I look forward to sharing the results.
6. Reduced Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels
According Kris’s article, when we eat carbs they tend to get broken down into simple sugars when during the digestion process. From there they enter the bloodstream and raise our blood sugar levels. In response to this the body releases insulin to bring that sugar into the cells to burn or store it.
This is another claim I cannot verify from my personal experience. I really need to go get these blood tests and start collecting data.
7. Blood Pressure Tends to go Down
While my blood pressure has certainly dropped in the last few years I can’t say with any certainty what role my diet played in this. My stress levels have dropped dramatically over the past few years and I suspect that would be the main driver of a healthy blood pressure for me.
8. Low-Carb Diets Are The Most Effective Treatment Known Against Metabolic Syndrome
9.Low-Carb Diets Improve The Pattern of LDL Cholesterol
10.Low-Carb Diets Are Therapeutic For Several Brain Disorders
for numbers 8,9 and 10 I have no personal experience with these and again, I am not doctor so I have no idea if these claims are true. If you want to see some of the research behind the claimed benefits of a ketogenic diet check out Kris’s article here.
This article is for informational purposes only and written by non-physicians and should not be considered health or nutritional advice. This content should not substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult a health professional before making any changes to your diet. Do not disregard any professional medical advice you have received, nor delay in seeking such advice because of something you have read in this article.