The ketogenic diet was one of the most popular diet trends of the last decades. This is because of the potential health benefits it was found to have.
Many scientific studies have shown that the diet can have significant effects on the health of a person in many ways.
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Below are 5 proven health benefits of the ketogenic diet.
Supports Weight Loss
The ketogenic diet may help people lose weight especially by reducing appetite and boosting metabolism.
The diet contains foods that speed up satiety, reducing the tendency to get hungry, and making it easier to lose weight.
Studies show that people on a keto or low-carb diet end up losing more weight than those who are not on the diet.
While acne can have several causes, it is often linked to diet and blood sugar.
Consuming a diet high in refined carbohydrates can result in an imbalance of gut bacteria and cause blood sugar levels to rise significantly, both of which can cause skin problems.
A 2012 study showed that following a ketogenic diet may reduce acne symptoms.
Increases Levels Of ‘Good” Cholesterol
The body has two main types of cholesterol: low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol.
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People with higher levels of HDL relative to “bad” LDL have a lower risk of developing heart disease.
You can increase “good” HDL levels by eating fat. And low-carb diets contain a lot of fat.
May Boost Brain Health
The ketogenic diet generates chemicals called ketones in the body. Studies have shown that these ketones can support and protect the brain and nerve cells.
As a result, the keto diet may be effective at preventing and halting the progression of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.
However, more research is needed to determine the effects of the keto diet on the brain.
May Reduce Seizures
A keto diet can result in a metabolic process known as ketosis, in which the body uses ketone bodies for fuel.
Studies show that ketosis can reduce seizures in people with epilepsy. While more research is necessary to understand the link between the keto diet and seizures, it seems to be more effective for children who have focal seizures.
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