Lately, there’s been a Keto buzz going around… but is it legit? I’ve seen first hand the amazing effects and results the Keto Diet has had on people, but I wanted to investigate further to see if just anyone can try a Keto lifestyle. The conclusions I have discovered are pretty convincing.
So, what exactly is Keto? Ketosis, Ketogenic, Ketones… whatever you want to call it, it all shares one underlying definition: it is a diet that is high in healthy fats, moderate to low amounts of protein, and very low amounts of carbohydrates. When your body is in a ketosis state, it goes from burning sugar to burning fat for energy.
I’m sure you’ve seen those Snickers commercials where people aren’t acting like themselves because they are hungry… so they are told to “eat a Snickers.” Well, the Snickers will only help you for about half an hour as your body will blow through burning the sugar for energy and return to a famished, tired state. In addition, the sugar will be stored in places where it isn’t wanted… like your stomach and hips. No thanks!
I’m not one to live off of a strict, Keto diet but I do believe in cyclical Keto… here are 5 reasons to give it a try:
- Clean eating. Incorporating a Keto-lifefstyle will help you stay away from processed, unnatural foods such as chips, candies and cookies. Eating real food has so many benefits and after about 3 weeks of eating clean, your body will begin to forget what it’s like to indulge in unhealthy foods that it used to crave. Take it from me, I love sweets and used to always want something sweet after dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my sweets, but a handful of chocolate-covered almonds will satisfy me instead of inhaling 3 scoops of Dutch chocolate ice cream.
- Reduced risk of cancer. I mean, shouldn’t this be the main reason to be Keto-friendly?! Cancer cells love high glucose and insulin levels. Once your body is thriving off of a ketosis state, cancer cells do not have a readily source of “nourishment” and won’t proliferate. According to Paleo Magazine (special edition: Keto) “research shows that a fast-food diet elevates your risk for colon cancer in as little as two weeks.” Scary!
- Increased muscle mass. According to Paleo Magazine (special edition: Keto) “Ketones share a close structural similarity to branched-chain amino acids…” In layman’s terms, ketones and the amino acids work closely together to improve muscle development. A keto-diet could help you get the definition you’ve been looking for.
- Increased longevity. It’s no surprise that taking care of yourself and eating properly will help you live longer. Of course we cannot predict or control how long we will be on this Earth, we can give our body the nutrients it needs to survive as long as possible.
- Boost cognitive function. Researchers are still studying the link between Keto and brain function, but there is information to believe that a Keto diet can help boost brain power and offer neuroprotective benefits such as preventing Parkinsons, Alzheimers and even sleep disorders such as insomnia.
Most importantly, always speak with your doctor before going on any diet. The Keto diet is not for everyone which is why I strongly advise researching it before you jump right in. At the end of the day, just eat real food.