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Health Benefits of A Keto Diet
The Keto diet has tons of contradicting opinions. While some people have only good things to say about this low-carb diet, others are not a fan. Hence, you’ll never know until you try. But before you begin a restricted diet like the Keto diet, we suggest you check with your doctor first.
Having said that, low-carb diets have time and again prove their worth as beneficial and healthy in several scientific studies. That includes the Keto diet as well.
Here are some proven health benefits of the Keto diet, provided by our dedicated dieticians at SlimCare Medical.
Combats Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is closely related to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Additionally, this condition also includes a collection of symptoms such as:
- High triglycerides
- Elevated blood pressure
- Abdominal obesity
- Low ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels
- Elevated fasting blood sugar levels
A low-carb diet such as the Keto diet is highly effective in treating all the above-mentioned symptoms. In fact, under such a low-carb diet, the five mentioned symptoms are almost eliminated.
Hunger is one of the main reasons why people eventually give up on diets. It is an irresistible feeling for most people. However, a low-carb diet leads to a reduction in appetite since it is known for keeping you satisfied for an extended period.
Several studies reveal that when people replace carbs with fat and protein, they end up eating fewer calories.
Increases “Good” HDL Cholesterol Levels
There are both good as well as bad cholesterol levels. HDL, short for high-density lipoprotein, is regarded as good cholesterol. If your HDL cholesterol levels are higher than the “bad” LDL levels, you enjoy a lower risk of heart diseases.
One of the best ways to increase levels of good HDL is through the consumption of fat. And the consumption of fat is highly encouraged in a Keto diet. Consequently, HDL levels can increase up to a large extent when you follow a healthy low-carb diet.
Great short-term weight loss strategy
Reducing your consumption of carbs is one of the most effective strategies for losing weight. Many studies have found that people who follow a low-carb diet tend to lose more weight quicker than those who are on a low-fat diet, even when the latter group is actively cutting calories.
This is because a low-carb diet can lead to rapid weight loss in the initial weeks as it removes excess water from your body as well as lowers insulin levels.
Lowered Blood Pressure
Another benefit of the Keto diet is reduced blood pressure. High levels of blood pressure increase the risk of many diseases, including stroke, kidney failure, and heart disease. Since a low-carb diet can effectively lower your blood pressure, it also indirectly helps in reducing your risk of these diseases.
Triglycerides are the fat molecules that are found in your bloodstream. One of the main reasons for elevated triglycerides is excess carb consumption, especially the simple sugar fructose.
When you cut carbs, these triglycerides tend to reduce by a large margin. In contrast, a low-fat diet often triggers an increase in triglycerides.