Simply, it’s a diet that promotes your body to begin to burn fat as a primary energy source rather than carbohydrates.
The Ketogentic Diet does this by using a natural process in the body called Ketosis, a metabolic state in which your body’s energy is derived from ketone bodies, a by-product of breaking down fat for fuel, rather than sugars which are obtained from carbohydrates.
One of the most studied strategies in the recent years for weight loss is the ketogenic diet.
Many studies have shown that this kind of nutritional approach has a solid physiological and biochemical basis and is able to induce effective weight loss along with improvement in several cardiovascular risk parameters.
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Here are some of the the benefits of the ketogenic diet at a glance:
- Weight loss is a huge benefit of ketogenic diets due to lowered insulin levels and the body’s ability to burn stored fat. I’ve personally found that the classic ketogenic diet is quite possibly the best diet for weight loss, especially considering how quickly it usually works.
- Following a ketogenic diet may also help prevent and even kill cancer cells. There are several medical studies — such as two conducted by the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center for the University of Iowa, and the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, for example— that show the ketogenic diet is an effective treatment for cancer and other serious health problems.
- A modified ketogenic diet can be beneficial for most relatively healthy adults who are at an increased risk for metabolic syndrome, including those struggling with losing weight or controlling levels of blood sugar (glucose). Studies show that high-fat diets like the ketogenic diet also do not typically raise cholesterol and may actually reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors, especially in those who are obese.
Additionally ketogenic diets have been used to treat and even help reverse cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s symptoms.
Learn more about Youngevity’s Ketogenic program.