#1: Weight Loss
Weight loss is absolutely the top-ranked benefit of following a ketogenic diet. Once your body has transitioned into a ketogenic state, it will begin using your own body fat as an energy source instead of carbohydrates. Personally I’ve found greater success with this way of eating vs. calorie restriction.
#2: More Energy The energy you’ll have on the keto diet is truly amazing! Once you’ve transitioned into using fat as your body’s primary fuel source, you’ll have solid energy throughout the day. If you’re like me, you’ll get by with slightly less sleep. Starting the day with an MCT oil-infused coffee is the perfect way to fuel you on a keto diet!
#3: Better Mental Focus This aspect of the ketogenic diet has gained much traction in recent years, as more and more people become aware of the increased mental performance that coincides with a high fat, low carb diet. Better mental focus can be linked to the #2 health benefit “More Energy” and the utilization of using fat as your primary fuel source. Fat will provide consistent energy and focus throughout each day.
#4: Reduced Hunger Fat is naturally more satisfying than carb-loaded foods, and allows you to feel fuller longer. When you first start the keto diet you’ll find yourself craving sugars and starches – fight it! Getting through the first 7-10 days of the diet can be difficult, but so worth it. After you’re over the initial hump you’ll forget all about how you used to eat, and gradually build your keto routing.
#5: Normalize Blood Sugar Because a ketogenic diet is very low in sugar and carbohydrates that spike blood sugar, maintaining a strict ketogenic diet will naturally reduce blood sugars over time. With studies showing a decrease in blood glucose levels.
#6: Improve Cholesterol Levels For sometime now, it has been widely accepted that fat will increase your cholesterol. We’re led to believe that consuming fat is detrimental to our health, and to avoid at all costs. This is simply untrue. There is a phrase commonly used in the keto community: “don’t blame the butter for what the bread did”. When you combine carbohydrates with fat, that’s when the negative health issues begin. Consuming healthy fats while restricting carbohydrate intake has been shown to improve cholesterol levels in healthy adults.
#7: Less Acne Acne reduction while on keto is something I’ve experienced firsthand. When I was younger, I thought my acne would clear up by the time I hit my 30s – was I ever wrong. I’ve been on a keto diet of and on for about 15 years now, and less acne (like weight loss), is a welcomed benefit of the diet. There are many studies out there talking about low carbohydrate diets and how they help control acne.