Obesity and other metabolic illnesses have become extremely common in the developed world. It is a sad fact that around 2.8 million people die due to obesity every single year. Various metabolic syndromes affect around 50 million people every year and this places a large burden on society and the economy.
In order to prevent these kind of problems, a ketogenic diet is recommended. A ketogenic diet is one in which the focus is on eating lots of fat, moderate amounts of protein and very few carbs.
As carb consumption is reduced and fat consumption is increased, the human body goes into a metabolic state known as ‘ketosis’. This is when fat is turned into ‘ketones’, which are particles that provide energy to the brain.
After a few weeks of this diet, the brain and body automatically burns up fat and uses ketones for fuel instead of storing carbs. Another benefit of increased ketone production is that insulin level are drastically lowered. Thus, more ketones and less insulin is why this diet is considered so healthy.
There is strong scientific evidence that a ketogenic diet that promotes the development of ketones and lowers insulin production is very good for losing weight. Ketogenic diets help decrease body fat, increase muscle mass and also improve protection against various diseases.
The illnesses that ketogenic diet protects against are related to high blood pressure, obesity, high levels of LDL cholestrol and high levels of blood sugar.
If you intend to lose weight and improve your health using a ketogenic diet, you need to do the following things:
- Eat less than 30 carbs per day.
- Have plenty of staple foods for your meals.
- Eat lots of vegetables.
- Experiment until you find the right combination of food that is just right for you.
- Remain consistent in following this diet
Before starting a ketogenic diet, you need to decide whether it is the right diet for you. The kind of diet you should choose depends upon a number of factors, such as your unique metabolic system, your genetic predispositions, your lifestyle, your body structure, personal likes and dislikes etc.
If you are obese or are heading towards obesity, then the ketogenic diet will be good for you. Also, if any of your family members suffer from metabolic syndromes, then you might be genetically predisposed towards metabolic syndromes yourself. If that is the case, then you should start a ketogenic diet as its benefits seem to be geared specifically towards solving the problems mentioned above.