Although ketogenic diet is popularly known as a ‘rapid fat loss diet’, it is actually more to this than meets the eye. In fact, weight loss and higher levels of energy are only by-products of the keto diet, a kind of bonus. It has been scientifically proven that the keto diet
has many additional medical benefits.Let’s begin by stating that a high carbohydrate diet, with its many processed ingredients and sugars, has absolutely no health benefits. These are merely empty calories, and most processed foods ultimately serve only to rob your body of the nutrients it
needs to remain healthy. Here is a list of actual benefits for lowering your carbohydrates and eating fats that convert to energy:
Control of Blood Sugar
Keeping blood sugar at a low level is critical to manage and prevent
diabetes. The keto diet has been proven to be extremely effective in
Many people suffering from diabetes are also overweight. That
makes an easy weight-loss regime a natural. But the keto diet does
more. Carbohydrates get converted to sugar, which for diabetics
can result in a sugar spike. A diet low in carbohydrates prevents
these spikes and allows more control over blood sugar levels.
Does Keto help with Mental Focus?
The keto diet is based on protein, fats, and low carbohydrates. As
we’ve discussed, this forces fat to become the primary source of
energy. This is not the normal western diet, which can be quite
deficient in nutrients, particularly fatty acids, which are needed for
proper brain function.
When people suffer from cognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer’s,
the brain isn’t using enough glucose, thus becomes lacking in
energy, and the brain has difficulty functioning at a high level. The
keto diet provides an additional energy source for the brain.
A study by the American Diabetes Association found that Type 1
diabetics improved their brain function after consuming coconut oil.
That same study indicated that people who suffer from Alzheimer’s
may experience improved memory capacity on a keto diet. Those
with Alzheimer’s have seen improved memory scores that might
correlate with the amount of ketones levels present.
What does this study mean to an average person? With the
emphasis on fatty acids, such as omega 3 and omega 6 found in
seafood, the keto diet is likely to fuel the brain with the additional
nutrients to help achieve a healthier mental state. The brain tissue
is made up largely of fatty acids (you’ve heard fish referred to as
“brainfood”), and the increased consumption of those fatty acids
will logically lead to improved brain health.
Our body does not produce fatty acids on its own; we can only
obtain it through our diet. And the keto diet is rich in fatty acids.
A diet high in carbohydrates can lead to a “foggy” brain, where you
have difficulty in focusing. Focusing becomes easier with the
increased energy provided by the keto diet. In fact, many people
who have no need or desire to lose weight use the keto diet to
improve and enhance brain functions.
It’s not unusual, and has become almost normal, to feel tired and
drained at the end of the day as a result of a poor, carbohydrate-laden diet. Fat is a more efficient source of energy, leaving you
feeling more vitalized than you would on a “sugar” rush.
Does Keto help with Acne?
While most of the benefits of a keto diet are well-documented, one
benefit catches some people by surprise: better skin and less acne.
Acne is fairly common. Ninety percent of teens suffer from it, and
many adults do, as well. Page | 18
While it was always thought that acne was at least exacerbated by
poor diet, controlled research is still being conducted. However,
many people on the keto diet have reported clearer skin. There may
be a logical reason. A 1972 study found that high levels of insulin
can cause the eruption of acne. Since a keto diet keeps insulin at a
low and healthy level, it may very well affect skin health.
In addition, acne thrives on inflammation. The ketogenic diet eases
and reduces inflammation, thus enabling the body to decrease acne
eruptions. Fatty acids, which are found in abundance in fish, are a
While research is still being done, it seems likely that a keto diet
has beneficial effects for clearer, healthier, more glowing skin.
Keto and Anti-Aging
Many diseases are a natural result of the aging process. While there
have not been studies done on humans, studies on mice have
shown brain cell improvement on a keto diet.Several studies have shown a positive effect of the keto diet on
patients with Alzheimer’s disease. What we do know is that a diet
filled with good nutrients and antioxidants, low in sugar, high in
protein and healthy fats, while low in carbohydrates, enhances our
overall health. It protects us from the toxins of a poor diet.
There is also research indicating that using fatty acids for fuel
instead of sugar may slow down the aging process, possibly because
of the negative effects that sugar has on our overall wellbeing.
In addition, the simple act of eating less and consuming fewer
calories is a matter of basic health, as it prevents obesity and its
inherent side effects.
So far, studies have been limited. However, considering the
powerful positive effects of the ketogenic diet on our health, it is
logical to assume this diet will help us grow older in a more natural
way while delaying the natural effect of aging. A normal western
diet laden with sugars and processed foods are certainly
detrimental to warding off the signs of aging.
Keto and Autism
We know the keto diet affects brain functions. In a study on autism,
it was found that it also has a positive effect on autism. Thirty
autistic children were placed on the keto diet. All showed improved
in autistic behavior, especially those on the milder autistic
spectrum. While more studies are needed, the results were