If youre looking to get a jump start on your health and fitness goals this year, you may be thinking about trying the ketogenic diet. Maybe youve heard the phrase before its a huge diet buzzword but arent sure what it means. Heres a primer: The ketogenic diet is an eating plan that drives your body into ketosis, a state where the body uses fat as a primary fuel source (instead of carbohydrates), says Stacey Mattinson, RDN, who is based in Austin, Texas.
Keto Diet benefits:
1. Burns fat: You can drop a lot of weight and quickly on the keto diet. Ketones suppress ghrelin your hunger hormone and increase cholecystokinin (CCK), which makes you feel full.Reduced appetite means its easier to go for longer periods without eating, which encourages your body to dip into its fat stores for energy. Learn more here about the keto diet and weight loss.
2. Reduces inflammation: The keto diet is anti-inflammatory, and could protect you against major degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and cancer.
3. Fuels and feeds your brain: Ketones provide an immediate hit of energy for your brain, and up to 70% of your brains energy needs when you limit carbs. Fat also feeds your brain and keeps it strong. Your brain is at least 60% fat, so it needs loads of good fats to keep it running.Essential fatty acids such as omega-3s help grow and develop the brain, while saturated fat keeps myelin the layer of insulation around the brain strong so your neurons can communicate with each other.
4. Increases energy: Ketosis helps the brain create more mitochondria, the power generators within your cells. More energy in your cells means more energy for you to get stuff done.