High Protein Diet - Why Ketogenic?
Quick Facts About Ketogenic Diet
Ketogenic diet consist of proteins that fill a person up and may reduce hunger-stimulating hormones. It promotes high protein and high fat intake while limiting grains and starchy food.
Hunger is the biggest enemy for all of us. When we don't satisfy this simple problem, it is easy to fall into the temptation to indulge on any food we crave for. Keto diet focuses on protein and lowering carb intake.
Many research have shown that people who cut carbohydrates and eat more protein and fat, they begin to eat far less calories - suppressing hunger. Low carb diet gets rid excess water from the body, lowering insulin levels which then leads to weight loss.
- Burning fat: For most diets out there, the body utilizes glucose for the main energy source while ketogenic diet pushes the body to use fat as the primary source of energy. Through a biochemical process called ketosis,where the body breaks down fat then stores and turns them into ketones.
- Limiting grains and starch. The keto diet promotes the intake of meat, eggs, fish, avocados, coconut and olive oils and non-starchy vegetables.
- Beyond weight loss. The ketogenic diet has been in use for conditions like epilepsy since the 1920s and obesity treatment since the 1960s.“ The keto diet really alters energy metabolism in the brain, so that’s why it’s thought to stabilize the functions of the neurons exposed to seizures in people with epilepsy,” says Junella Chin, DO “It helps children with seizures decrease their episodes and shorten their recovery time from seizures.” The keto diet has also been implicated for therapeutic use in chronic diseases such as heart disease, neurological conditions, polycystic ovary syndrome, and cancer. There’s also limited evidence that insulin sensitivity improves on the diet, which bodes well for managing diabetes. (Source)
- Sustainability? “The ketogenic diet has the potential to be a game-changer but a lot depends on whether its benefits pan out in large-scale trials and whether individuals can tolerate its dietary restrictions over the long haul. People struggling to lose weight for health reasons should keep it on their radar and stay tuned for more conclusive information.” -Dr. Zhu
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