What Are the Benefits of a Keto Diet?

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The benefits of implementing a ketogenic diet are becoming more prevalent as research continues. 

A ketogenic diet trades fat for glucose to utilize as fuel for the body.  Sugar is the natural first choice for the body as it is easily broken down and turned into energy, however, if there are no sugars present the body has no choice but to use fat as its primary energy source.  Due to this simple fact, fat will be burned exclusively in energy production, and will inevitably result in fat loss.

It is important to know the difference between a weight loss diet, and a fat loss diet.  Technically speaking, a person could pay for elective surgery to have the bones in their forearm removed and they would have lost weight.  Weight, in general, is not what needs to be reduced; fat is.  A fat loss diet specifically targets the loss of fat, not overall weight.  This is a much more effective and accurate way not only to diet but to keep track of dieting goals as well. 

It seems like as far as actual fat loss goes, the keto diet starts out strong and then levels off at around six months, not showing any signs of increase or decrease thereafter. 

Reduced cravings are a great benefit of keto.  Being that we convert to running our bodies on fat, we no longer crave the sugars we did before and feel great satiety or fullness, culminating in lower total caloric intake with higher nutritional value.

Reduced inflammation has a lot to do with many health benefits on a keto diet.  Inflammation in any part of the body can manifest itself in a plethora of ways, so reducing it overall can reveal an abundance of quality perks.  For instance, many common skin conditions such as eczema, acne, and rosacea stem from having inflamed cells along the skin.  By employing a ketogenic diet, a person can really lessen the appearance of such blemishes and begin to show nice, clear skin.

People are indeed born with certain genes but what some may not know is that the way genes present themselves in a person can have everything to do with the surrounding environment.  Things like free radicals and other external toxins have an adverse effect on cells.  Research shows that a keto diet will proliferate the potency of the anti-inflammatory genes, and suppress the effects of pro-inflammatory genes, which is essentially removing a lot of the work that the body would otherwise have to do in waste disposal.  This also reduces oxidative tissue stress and has the outcome of a slower, more resilient cellular aging process, and reduces the risk of chronic disease.

Mitochondrial biogenesis or mitochondrial proliferation is yet another gain that can be chalked up for the keto diet.  Mitochondria produces energy at a cellular level and is also responsible for the creation of most of the body’s heat.  By increasing the level of mitochondria throughout the body, more energy will be created and stored potentially, metabolism will remain more active, and thermogenic will increase.

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