The Benefits of Eating Keto

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Basically, a ketogenic diet puts your body in ketosis, a metabolic state where most of the body’s energy comes from ketone bodies in the blood. This is in contrast to a glycosis state, where blood glucose (sugar) provides most of the energy. When you’re following a ketogenic diet, your body is burning fat for energy rather than carbohydrates. So your body actually burns either its own body fat or fat that you’re consuming through your diet for its overall energy production.

Our bodies normally run on glucose or sugar for energy. We can’t make glucose and only have about 24 hours of it stored in our muscles and liver. And once glucose is no longer available, we begin to burn stored fat. The bottom line here is that because a ketogenic diet eliminates glucose, it causes the body to burn stored fat.

There are several medical studies — conducted by the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center for the University of Iowa, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and more — that show the ketogenic diet is an effective treatment for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and quick weight loss. I’ve personally found that the ketogenic diet is quite possibly the best diet for very fast weight loss.

Now, I don’t believe that the ketogenic diet typically should be done for periods of more than three to six months. After that, you should add good carbohydrates back into your diet. But if your goal is to lose weight fast, the ketogenic diet could be the perfect diet to help you get a jump-start on weight loss. Besides the ability to lose weight quickly, studies have found that a keto diet an prevent and in some cases reverse cancer.

We know that cancer cells feed off of sugar. Therefore, a diet that eliminates sugar and other carbohydrates may be effective in preventing or fighting cancer. The regular cells found in our bodies are able to use fat for energy, but cancer cells cannot metabolically shift to use fat. A ketogenic diet is essentially a diet made up of typically 75 percent fat, 20 percent protein and 5 percent carbohydrates. But it can actually vary to around 80 percent fat, 10 percent protein and 10 percent carbohydrates — or maybe 70 percent fat, 20 percent protein and 10 percent carbs. The carbs are very very minimal so your body burns fat for energy. That means there is little sugar in your system blocking the body from utilizing fat in favor of burning sugar.

The reason the ketogenic diet is effective as a natural cancer treatment is that the cancer cells are starved of the sugar that feeds them and prevents them from multiplying. They have no sugar to feed off of, so the cancer cells essentially starve to death. When we eat carbohydrates, insulin is released as a reaction to elevated blood glucose. Insulin is a storage hormone that signals the cells to store as much available energy as possible, initially as glycogen (storage carbohydrates) and then as fat.

The ketogenic diet works by eliminating carbohydrates from the diet and keeping the body’s carbohydrate stores almost empty, preventing too much insulin from being released during meals. With less insulin around, your body starts burning its own body fat for energy, helping you lose weight quickly. Think about this: Your body will also then continue to burn fat even while you’re sleeping at night. That means your body is burning fat 24/7!