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Keto Health Benefits

Hey Everyone!hunger and ketosis

Just a quick post today to discuss some of the benefits of the ketogenic lifestyle.

Let’s get started!

A Quick Recap

Just a reminder that when your body enters ketosis, it has switched from being a sugar burner to being a fat burner.

Both sugar and fat are good sources of energy for the body, but if you are a sugar burner, you will constantly need to add sugar to your body. When you do, your insulin will spike, and when that spike disappears, your energy will drop and you will feel hungry again. You will eat, insulin will spike, and the cycle will continue.

When you become a fat burner, your levels of inulin will level off and you will not get those hunger spikes. Your body will become efficient at burning fat, including the stored fat in your body. Being a fat burner is an excellent way to lose weight. More about that later.

Having your body in ketosis has many other benefits than just weight loss.

Let’s have a look at some of them.

The List

Natural hunger and appetite control,

Mental clarity,

Normalized metabolic function,

Lower inflammation levels,

Lowered blood pressure,

Reduced triglycerides,

Ability to go twelve to twenty-four hours between meals,

Endless energy,

Better fertility,

Increased sex drive,

Slowed aging due to reduction in free radical production,

Optimized cognitive function and improved memory,

Heightened understanding of how foods affect your body, and

Faster and better recovery from exercise.

And if that wasn’t enough, there is more!

The List, continued

Decreased anxiety and mood swings,

Improvements in metabolic health markers,

Reduced acne breakouts and other skin conditions,

Improvements in blood chemistry,

Improved immune system,

Prevention of traumatic brain injury,

Eliminated heartburn,

Use of stored body fat as a fuel source,

Lowered or eliminated small LDL particles (bad cholesterol),

Increased HDL (good cholesterol),

Feelings of happiness and well-being,

Stabilized blood sugar and restored insulin sensitivity,

Sounder, more restful sleep,

and the one benefit that brought most people here in the first place:

Effortless weight loss and maintenance.

I will talk about some (or all) of these in future posts, but let’s start with hunger control today.

Natural Hunger and Appetitie Control

Losing weight isn’t the problem. Lots of people lose lots of weight. But then, they put the weight back on; or even more weight than when they started.

The great thing about ketosis, is that it helps you to stop thinking about food all the time. It can provide a great level of appetite suppression. But how?

Ketosis is different from all the regular diets. On those diets, you reduce the number of calories you are consuming, and, naturally, you feel hungry all the time. When your body doesn’t have enough calories, it starts to produce hormones that tell you to eat more. So you eat more, and the diet ends and the weight comes back.

Ketosis regulates this hormone production. You may feel more hungry at the beginning of the keto lifestyle (1), but once you achieve ketosis, your appetite control will regulate itself, and perhaps be suppressed.

You see, ketones effect both cholycystokinin (CCK), the hormone that makes you feel full, and ghrelin, the hunger hormone.

Our stomach releases CCK after we eat to tell us we are full. If we lose weight, we secrete less CCK, therefore feeling less full. Except if we lose weight while in ketosis. Then the levels of CCK are regulated and remain normal (2).

Ghrelin is called the hunger hormone because it increases your appetite. As you lose weight, the production of ghrelin increases in your body. Except if we lose weight while in ketosis. Ketosis suppresses the increase levels of ghrelin and my even lower the amount secreted in our bodies (3,4)

1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25402637

2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18469245?dopt=Abstract&holding=npg

3) http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v67/n7/full/ejcn201390a.html

4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25402637

Being in a state of ketosis, where you are using fat for fuel, is so incredibly good for your body. This regulation of the hormones that control hunger is just one of the many benefits.

Last Words

So there you have it. A list of the benefits of the ketogenic lifestyle longer than your arm!

Like I said, any one of those benefits would be worth giving it a try. When you see that there is a list that long, what have you got to lose!

Thanks for listening. If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment, do so below.

See you in the next post.

Have a great day!

Tom Fitzsimmons

18 Comments

  1. Now I finally understand what all the hype is about.  When I first heard about Keto I figured it was like every other diet fad out there.  I didn’t realize there was an actual science behind it. I also really like what you wrote about how other diets are based on reducing calories.  And how that is never a long term solution.

    I wanted to ask you on your opinion on Keto for men.  Are there any special considerations men need to make before starting keto?  I’ve heard that Keto only works with women, because of how their bodies are regulate things.  Do you think Keto can help men achieve fitness?  What about creating lean muscle mass?

    Thanks!   

    • Hi James

      Keto is a viable lifestyle for both men and women. My wife and I have both been in the keto lifestyle for about a year now. Along with keto, we are both lifting weights 5 or 6 times a week. I have lost about 25 pounds of unwanted fat and gained about 10 pounds of muscle. My wife has lost over 40 pounds and also gained some lean muscle mass.

      So, in my humble opinion, based on experience, keto will work for men.

      Check out some of my other articles for more details.

      Thanks for the question. I hope that helped.

      Have a great day!

  2. I’m happy to see  more discussion here about the hormonal aspects of weight and metabolism – with references.  That’s much better than the self-serving garbage from some “Celebrity Trainers” that get media attention. In a future post could you address fiber and Ketosis,  Some people are freaked out over the (incorrect) notion that Keto diets are lacking fiber.

    • Hi

      I most certainly will dive into fiber. There sure is a lot of misinformation out there about ketogenics.

      I will do my best to dispel the myths.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Have a great day!

  3. This is a great article.  I have been looking at the keto diet for a while now because not only was I diagnosed with diabetes but also I have quite a bit of weight to lose.

    Bottom line is I know the Keto diet requires a huge amount of commitment.  So until I know I can go forward with that commitment I need to wait. However i feel like I am close.

    Dale

    • Hi Dale

      Thanks for commenting. The ketogenic lifestyle will definitely assist in the weight loss and there is evidence that it will also help to significantly improve your diabetes. Again, I’m not a doctor, but if you read Keto Clarity, by Jimmy Moore (I did a book review in a previous post), you will gain valuable information.

      I can say that I have enjoyed every meal I have had since being on keto (almost a full year now), and I am certain you will also.

      I wish you all the success in the world, both financially and in health!

      Have a great day!

  4. I heard about the Keto diet and that there are health benefits as well. I know that the persons with liver problems cannot follow this diet. Keto diet is known as a rapid weight loss diet, but in a healthy way. 

    The modern Keto diet, similar to mediterranean diet is very well accepted by many persons. Losing weight is one of the reasons so many persons are choosing this diet.

    Thank you for an informative article.

    • Hi Dany

      I must repeat, as I have said before, that I am not a doctor, and I am only offering my opinion on these topics. 

      I am not sure if people with liver problems in general can partake in the ketogenic lifestyle, but I have read that those who suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease will benefit, and in fact, some studies have shown it eliminates this disease altogether.

      Hope that helps.

      Have a great day!

  5. Hi Tom – thanks for sharing this interesting article. I can’t believe how many benefits there are to the keto lifestyle. I have tried it once before for weight loss purposes but struggled to keep hydrated, which gave me headaches. Now that I have seen what else it benefits, I will try again. I note that you said it lowers inflammation levels, so I wonder if it would help my arthritis? All the best, Diane   

    • Hi Diane

      According to Jimmy Moore, in Keto Clarity, there is, to date, no scientific proof that the keto lifestyle will improve arthritis. There are, however, lots of anecdotal reports that people feel it helps when they are on a low carb, high fat diet that can be found on the internet.

      It makes sense that it should help, since the keto diet is known to lower levels of inflammation.

      When you try again, be sure to drink about a gallon of water each day. That should help!

      Thanks for the comment.

      Have a great day!

  6. I first learned about Ketosis from Dr.Atkins diet book. I am a meat eater so Keto diet is just perfect for me. Personally, if you want to lose weight keto diet might help if you eat sensible portion. I have seen some people ate a lot of meat, follow the keto diet religiously but they do not loose any weight. So, portion control is a must. As for me, I follow both Keto diet and Intermittent fasting. The result is amazing. I feel good about my body, I have lost about 10 pounds. The best thing about this is I no linger have heart burns!  I am sure my overall health is better as well. Will share your post to my family and friends. 🙂

    • Thanks!

      I agree about the portion control. You can’t just eat and eat and eat. We need to keep an eye on the number of calories we eat. 

      We also need to make sure that the fats we are consuming are good quality fats. Grass fed meats are the best, and they taste great!

      Thanks for the comment and the share!

      Have a great day!

  7. Hi Tom! I’m impressed with this long list. I had heard quite a few benefits, but had no idea the list was so long.

    This lifestyle seems to have benefits in the long run. As you have stated, the important thing is not to only loose weight, but to not put on that weight back again. Thank you very much for this very useful list of benefits. It provides a good guideline to continue researching in each one of the directions this list points to. Thank you very much!

    • HI Henry

      Yes, the list is quite comprehensive. I am sure people would see some of those benefits if they just lost weight and got into better shape, but some, which I will explore in future posts, are unique to keto.

      Thanks for the comment.

      Have a great day!

    • Hi Garry
      I appreciate the comment. I do recommend that you do your own research, and be sure to only change things in your lifestyle that you feel comfortable doing, and have checked with your doctor,
      Have a great day!

  8. There’s some great content here, glad to see some fellow keto followers. Another good read if you haven’t already is “lies my Doctor told me” by Ken D. Berry. I look forward to more of your posts.

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