The answer to the long list of health problems, starting with obesity, is the nutritional ketosis suggested by mounting research. A ketogenic diet is the diet which shifts your body’s metabolic engine from burning carbohydrates to burning fats. This kind of diet requires that 50 to 70% of your food intake should come from beneficial fats, such as coconut oil, grass-pastured butter, organic pastured eggs, avocado, and raw nuts such as pecans and macadamia nuts.
The carbs are actually very minimal, so your body burns fat for energy. That means that there is little sugar in your system, which is blocking your body from utilizing fat in favor of burning sugar.
While in this state, our body produces ketones which are made of fats processed in the liver.
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According to Ruled.me:
“The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories, but through starvation of carbohydrates. Our bodies are extremely adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the main energy source.”
Health benefits of ketogenic diet:
– Leads to weight loss
One of the simplest and most effective ways of losing weight is cutting carbs. On a ketogenic diet, dietary carbohydrates are kept very low, protein is also moderate and the consumption of fats is also increased, gently encouraging our body to remember how to rely on fats as a primary fuel, as well as to produce ketones from stored body fat.
– Fights cancer
Cancer cells love sugar, as it essentially feeds tumors, and encourages cancer growth. This is why a diet without sugar, as well as other carbohydrates can be very effective in preventing or fighting cancer. The regular cells found in our body have the ability to use fat for energy, but cancer cells cannot actually metabolically shift to use fat.
One review which was published in Redox Biology highlighted some of them, indicating promising results for colon, gastric, and prostate cancers.in this paper, Dr. Eugene Fine of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine hypothesizes that ketone bodies can stop cancers by changing the availability of energy processes in cancer cells. A preliminary paper from Dr. Fine’s team was published and the summary of results states that:
“Preliminary data demonstrate that an insulin-inhibiting diet is safe and feasible in selected patients with advanced cancer. The extent of ketosis, but not calorie deficit or weight loss, correlated with stable disease or partial remission.”
– Protects your brain
The low – carb, high – fat way of eating has also been linked to be helpful with some other neurological disorders. Some research which was published in Behavioral Pharmacology found ketogenic diets may be effective for minimizing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. In one other study, those patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease who followed a 4-to-1 ketogenic diet experienced, on average, a 43% improvement in their symptoms after one month.
Some studies have also supported the benefits of a ketegonic diet for autism. According to one article:
“Autism shares some features with epilepsy, and many people with autism experience seizures related to the over-excitement of brain cells.”
Some research found that majority of autistic children showed some improvement after following a cyclical ketogenic diet for about 6 months.