Ketogenic and Low-Carb Diets have always been the topic of controversy for decades. There were times when they were run down by the health professionals, media as well as public. However, there has been a shift in the mindset and since 2002 and many studies regarding the benefits of the Low-Carb Diets have proved that that they come out much ahead of other diet plans.
Here are some of the positive benefits of the Low-Carb Diets which are also called Ketogenic diets.
Ketogenic and Low-Carb Diets Kill the Desire to Overeat
We all know that one of the immediate effects of dieting is that associated feeling of hunger pangs. Most of us feel miserable once we start on diet. However, studies have shown that ketogenic diet brings down the desire for having excessive food hence are having healthy mix of calories and nourishment.
Bottom line – people who are on low carb diet plan ted to lose weight much easier and faster than people who are not.
Higher Weight Loss by Ketogenic and Low-Carb Diets
A very important point while losing weight by this method is that it leads to a very positive effect initially for the first 6 month but people tend to give up thereafter. The trick to prevent this is to look at it not just as a diet plan but also as a lifestyle change.
Bottom line – low carb diet leads to a larger weight loss than any other diet plan during the first 6 months.
Weight Loss is Maximum in the Abdomen Region
It is a known fact that the maximum amount of weight is gained in the abdomen area; and the converse is also true – that is, when we lose weight we also lose maximum weight in abdomen area; which is very good. Having too much weight on the abdomen is not good as it can give rise to risk of many diseases.
Bottom line – excessive weight in abdominal area list of metabolic dysfunction and the best way to control his life having a proper diet
Triglycerides count goes down drastically
High amount of triglyceride count in our blood, especially in pre fasting samples, indicates a higher heart risk factor.
The amounts of Carbohydrates we consume have a direct effect on the overall triglycerides level. If we cut down the amount of carbs in our diet, it is automatically going to reduce triglycerides dramatically.
Bottom line – reduction of triglyceride levels in the blood has a direct effect on heart and stroke and helps leading a healthier lifestyle.
The Effect of HDL Cholesterol
Unlike LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol is supposed to be good for the heart and its increased level are indicators of good heart condition although LDL as well as HDL are both basically fat molecules.
The difference in action is that LDL tends to carry cholesterol away from the liver towards the other parts of body whereas HDL does exactly opposite, that is – carry it from the other parts towards the liver. It is generally believed that high levels of HDL indicate a better heart condition.
Low carb diets lead to increase in HDL; which in turn practically leads to a better heart condition.
Bottom line – Ketogenic and Low-Carb Diets have a good effect as it increases HDL cholesterol and lowers the LDL levels.
Effect on Blood Sugar Level
Ketogenic and Low-Carb Diets reduces the overall blood sugar as well as insulin levels which helps in turn helps in combating type 2 diabetes.
When we consume carbohydrates they generally increase the overall blood sugar level and our body responses by releasing more amount of insulin to counter this effect. Any increase in blood sugar level is generally countered by the release of insulin which brings the sugar level down.
However, in case of the amount of insulin released falls short it leads to a spike in blood glucose.
In case our body fails to secrete sufficient amount of insulin it leads to type 2 diabetes which can be avoided by the simplest of solutions; that is, by having more Ketogenic and Low-Carb foods in our normal diet.
As per Doctor Eric Westman who specializes in treatment of diabetes, insulin doses can be reduced as much as 50 % by this method. However, it is advised to seek opinion of medical professional before making any large changes to your diet.
Bottom line – reducing the amount of carbohydrates in our daily diet is one of the best ways to bring down blood sugar levels. It can not only prevent but also reverse type 2 diabetes
Reduction of Blood Pressure
High blood pressure or Hypertension may give rise to many diseases such as kidney failure, heart stroke, diabetes etc. Ketogenic and Low-Carb Diets are an easy way to bring down the blood pressure level; which in turn helps in bringing down the risk of acquiring these diseases.
Bottom line – studies indicate that bringing down blood pressure brings down the chances of many diseases from occurring and low carb diet is ideal to bring down the blood pressure.
The effect of low carb diet in metabolic syndrome
There are other conditions associated with diabetes as well as heart disease. It encompasses many such symptoms as:
- Higher blood sugar levels
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Abdominal obesity
- Low HDL levels
- High triglycerides
There is a dramatic improvement in such symptoms when one resorts to low carb diet.
Bottom line: resorting to low carb diet has a positive effect on controlling the symptoms in metabolic syndrome effectively.
Effect of Low Carb Diet on LDL
Individuals who have high level of LDL are more likely to suffer from heart attacks; especially those who have high quantity of small particles of LDL as compared to those with the larger particles. Low carb diets help in changing the particle size from small to large, thus having an overall beneficial effect.
Bottom line– the low carb diet helps in increasing the size of LDL particles from small to large leading to overall reduction in the number of LDL particles in the bloodstream.
Therapeutic Effect on Brain Disorders
While it is true that glucose is essential for the proper functioning of the brain; but only some part of our brain is capable of burning glucose.
Our liver tends to produce the requisite amount of glucose out of a protein, in case we do not consume sufficient carbs.
However a large part of brain also burns ketones, formed during partial starvation or when our carbohydrate intake is low.
This mechanism is the backbone of the ketogenic diet, which been used by doctors for decades in treatment of epilepsy; especially in children when they show low response to any drug treatment.
In most cases, this diet is helpful in effectively curing epilepsy in children. As per studies, more than half the children who were kept on ketogenic diet had a more than 50% reduction in epileptic seizures while almost 16% became totally seizure free.
Hence, ketogenic / low-carb diets are undergoing studies for treatment of other brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease too.
Have you given a try to a low-carb diet? If so, what was your experience, whether positive or negative? Or was there no change?
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