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.
Natural hunger and appetite control,
Normalized metabolic function,
Lower inflammation levels,
Lowered blood pressure,
Ability to go twelve to twenty-four hours between meals,
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,
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)
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.
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!