The Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet

In the 1960’s a scientific break-through linking ketones to fat loss resulted in the development of nutritional ketosis, or the ketogenic diet, which boosts weight loss by converting fat stores into energy. When carbs are limited, your body turns to fat stores for energy and creates molecules called ketones. These ketones can be used to fuel your muscles and brain in place of the missing sugars provided by carbohydrates.

Kick-Start Your Metabolism

By limiting your carb intake, a ketogenic diet forces your body to burn fat at an accelerated rate. The diet targets stubborn fat stores in areas, like the liver, that you typically couldn’t even see. In addition to accelerated weight loss, a very low-carb, low calorie diet has many medically proven health benefits, including:

  • Improved Cholesterol – Losing 5 to 10 pounds can help you lower your cholesterol. Cholesterol is also affected by excess glucose in the diet. As you eat fewer carbs and sugars, your body has less glucose.
  • Lower Blood Pressure –  Excess salt consumption leads to fluid retention, which can increase your blood pressure. However, a low carbohydrate diet is naturally diuretic and helps to stabilize blood pressure.
  • Better Blood Sugar Control – On a ketogenic program, the pancreas no longer has to produce excessive levels of insulin to maintain a healthy blood sugar rate.
  • Liver Protection – 1 out of 3 people suffering from obesity has fatty liver disease. Excess fat stores around the liver can inhibit its function and lead to liver failure. A ketogenic diet allows the liver to dump extra fat.
  • Reduced Body Inflammation – During nutritional ketosis, your kidneys will filter the body’s excess water.

It takes around two weeks to fully shift a patient’s metabolism when starting a ketogenic diet. After that two week transition phase, individuals are encouraged to increase their activity level to build lean tissue and help keep the weight off. By this time, participants often report improved energy levels, fewer achy joints, and a reduced appetite.

Safely Burn Fat for Weight Loss

Some people confuse nutritional ketosis with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). DKA occurs when a Type 1 diabetic doesn’t take their insulin. Without insulin, these diabetics can become extremely dehydrated, which causes the blood to become acidic and ketone levels to skyrocket to levels 25 or higher. During a nutritional ketosis, our patients’ ketone levels are held at a much lower – and safer – level (less than 1) and each participant is carefully monitored by our expert team.

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