The Benefits of a Keto Diet, backed up by Medical Professionals
What are the benefits of a keto diet? Or a keto lifestyle, which is how we think of it. You might have read about many positive side effects of following a keto or low carb high fat (LCHF) diet (“way of eating”). I know we did when we first started to research this way of eating. The keto diet has so many real health benefits and weight loss is only the tip of the proverbial ice berg. This is what all the top doctors and health professionals from neurosurgeons, and top UK cardiologists, to diabetes experts and psychologists have all been raving about for decades – keto and high low carb diets. Keto and low carb high fat is the way to go! We know it, you know it, and soon everybody will know the benefits of a keto diet!
Keto and LCHF are being cited in countries all over the world including the UK as the way forward to combat and reduce the obesity crisis, reverse and prevent type 2 diabetes and many, many other health conditions that can be successfully managed or completely cured, through changing our food.
How Does Keto Work?
A keto diet eliminates all the nasty, overly processed, fake foods from your plate. Namely sugar and refined carbs like grains and cereals. And keto replaces them with natural, real, whole foods and healthy low carb vegetables in abundance. What could be better for you? You can read more about “What Is Keto?” in our blog.
Benefits of a keto diet
Fat is not the enemy, it never was! Sugar and refined, starchy carbohydrates are more to blame for some of the health conditions previously associated with consuming too much saturated fat! There is an abundance of research published online and many books that go into the science behind keto and LCHF diets. (We have listed some of our favourite sources at the end of this list).
So, what health benefits can a keto diet give you?
Potentially, keto can help with all of these:
Can help stabilise your appetite and reduce cravings
A high fat keto diet provides you with enough energy to keep you going with no dips or spikes in your insulin levels. Thereby, giving you a stable source of energy throughout the day. No afternoon slump or teatime nap needed. And when your appetite is stable you don’t feel the need to snack or graze throughout the day or evening. You feel full and satisfied for longer eating a healthy keto diet. Keto rules! This is one of the best benefits of a keto diet.
Can help to stabilise your blood sugars – no high insulin spikes
Since you have lowered your carbohydrate intake on keto, your body doesn’t have any high insulin responses. Insulin is needed to turn carbs to energy so by cutting the carbs your insulin levels remain low and stable throughout the day*. Once again, keto rules!
Keto and diabetes – health benefits
Management of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes (often the reversal of Type 2 for life)
For the reasons stated above – keto can help you to manage your T1D with less insulin required and manage your T2D, with most people coming off medications and managing their blood sugar levels through their food intake*. Diabetes UK and the NHS are advocating keto , or low carb high fat diets, for the management and prevention of type 2 diabetes. Keto for life! Sustainable for life, with us at KetoMeFit.co.uk
Better energy levels and better sleep patterns
For the same reason as number 1. A high fat low carb keto diet gives you a steady, stable energy source with no dips in your energy levels.
Anti-inflammatory foods – reduce inflammation and the aches and pains associated with it
Many people suffer from joint aches and pains. By consuming real, whole, healthy foods on a low carb high fat keto diet you are removing a lot of the toxins from processed foods. Keto is replacing it with all the nutrients and minerals that our bodies thrive on.
Even More benefits of a keto diet
Can help to reduce anxiety & depression symptoms
Eating well and feeling energised while building a good healthy relationship with your food, means you can be in a better state of mind to cope with other things going on in your life. Weight loss and fat loss both have a big impact on your hormone levels, which in turn, can have a huge impact on your good mental health and well-being.
Can prevent diseases associated with old age – e.g. Alzheimer’s
Recent studies have shown a high fat keto diet helps your brain stay healthy for longer. And, of course, it was actually developed in the 1920’s to treat seizures in epileptic children. So in other words, keto is good for your brain! An eating plan that has been used by medical professionals the world over for 100 years!? Yes! Fad diet, oh really?! Good brain function, healthy body and healthy weight sustained, means fewer illnesses get the chance to develop.
Prevent heart disease
Studies over the past 60 odd years show that cholesterol and heart disease do not go hand in hand and one does not cause the other. Nor do high fat keto diets or saturated fat cause high cholesterol. Our members can read about these studies in our exclusive member guides and blogs.
Help to Improve gastro issues
Carbs and sugar feed bad gut bacteria. Fat, on the other hand, feeds the good gut bacteria. It’s as simple as that. Our guts like all the good healthy fat it gets fed when you follow a keto diet, long term.
Keto and hormones
Helps to stabilise hormones – Possibly can help with fertility issues
See point number 6. Our hormones, especially oestrogen, are directly linked to how much body fat we store. The more body fat you have, the higher your oestrogen levels are. When you start to lose body fat on keto and increase your healthy dietary fats, oestrogen can be reduced and there can be a significant change in your hormones overall. Some women, for example, can reverse their perimenopausal symptoms and your monthly cycle can return to normal.
Lowering blood triglycerides
Increase good cholesterol (HDL)
Lower bad cholesterol (LDL)
Lower blood pressure
See point number 8. All of these can be improved by following a keto diet. Cholesterol MAY increase at first, but then it soon settles down and within 6 months, for instance, you can see completely normal, healthier ranges.
Reduces body fat – aids with healthy weight loss!
The top of most peoples list when they start a keto diet. If you aren’t burning carbs for energy, you are BURNING FAT. That means both dietary fat and stored body fat. A keto diet puts you into a state of ketosis. Fat loss and weight loss, for life.
This might be the reason people start a keto diet but all the other benefits of a keto diet are what makes it a real lifestyle change and sustainable long term.
The Bottom Line:
Weight loss and body fat melting away are just ONE of the many benefits and is a happy side effect of following a keto diet because when you are in ketosis you naturally burn fat for energy, and that includes your body fat reserves!
Goodbye body fat, for good!
So, there you go, 15 reasons to get started on your personal path to fat loss and better health right now! To help you start your journey, claim your FREE Keto UK Shopping List — Here —
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Book: Dr Jason Fung, The Obesity Code (available from Amazon)
Twitter & website: Dr Aseem Malhotra, leading cardiologist advocating LCHF (http://doctoraseem.com/)
Website, Youtube, Ted talks: Dr Zoe Harcombe (https://www.zoeharcombe.com/about-2/)
* PLEASE NOTE: Any construed advice given on this page is not intended to substitute medical advice, diagnosis, or any treatment. It is recommended that you seek the advice of a medical professional before embarking on any change to your current diet and seek guidance if you have any underlying medical conditions or any health concerns. This is a site to share information and opinions to make a keto and LCHF lifestyle easier to follow. We offer no medical advice and take no responsibility for what people choose to eat.