12 Health Benefits Of Keto Diet That You Must Know

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Following a diet can be difficult and complex. It limits your options and adds a sense of pressure to your everyday life. However, it need not be like that. Even though you might have to give up on a lot of things, but as long as you keep an eye on the goal, it will be very easy for you. One such diet form is Keto. Keto requires you to have a high fat and a low carbs diet. However, one must remember that there is more to a diet than losing weight. Keto has many more benefits that you must know. Before we delve into understanding why Keto is good for you, let us look at some food groups that can be included in your diet. This is to give you an idea as to why Keto is not half as bad as you think it to be:

#1 Seafood like clams, octopus, oysters, salmon, tuna, shrimp etc.

#2 Vegetables that are not starchy and are low on carbs like Brussels sprouts, onion, spinach, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, bell peppers, tomato, lettuce, bok choy, beans, ladyfingers, zucchini, squash etc. can be included in your diet.

#3 Cheese is low in carbs and can be included in your diet. Not only does it follow the guidelines of Keto, but it has also proved to help you maintain muscle mass and body composition.

#4 Basic nuts and seeds like sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cashews, chia seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans and flax seeds.

#5 Meats must be made a staple.

#6 Eggs are ideal for those following a Keto diet because it is not only low in carbs and are packed with nutrients but it also makes you feel full.

#7 Olives are not only tasty but are extremely healthy.

#8 Yoghurt is a healthy food choice.

#9 Coconut oil and olive oil can be used in cooking. They do not contain a lot of carbs and are a great source of energy and antioxidants.

#10 You must include mushrooms in your diet too.

This list is not exhaustive and there are many more things that can be added to it. Using a few of these ingredients together will help you create a delicious meal and will also promote weight loss.

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Now, let us look at some benefits of following a Keto diet:

#1 It is said that following this diet can reduce acne. A lot of us, irrespective of our gender, face this issue and Keto addresses it heads on!

#2 Keto, because of its very concept, increases energy and boosts brain activity. Keto does this because it uses the fat stored in your body as the source of energy. This allows a constant and consistent flow of energy. Further, it has neuroprotective benefits and hence can help prevent conditions like Parkinson’s, sleeping disorder etc.

#3 In the case of women, Keto potentially helps with PCOS.

#4 Keto diet helps you control your appetite. This does not mean that it kills your hunger. It just makes you feel full and prevents you from overeating.

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#5 Weight loss is a definite advantage. When your body uses fat as the source of energy, you end up losing weight rather quickly.

#6 The level of triglycerides reduces when you are on this diet. Why is it good you ask? It is so because this particular element is associated with heart conditions. This is a major plus. Not only that, it is seen that the level of HDL increases.

#7 Keto diet helps you manage your blood sugar levels. Carbs are bad for you especially when you have diabetes. Keto helps you control your blood sugar level.

#8 In case you get terrible migraines, Keto is for you.

#9 Keto is also seen to help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Following this diet provides relief to conditions like bloating, diarrhoea etc. However, one must remember that this effect can be noticed in the long term.

#10 Keto helps reduce pain and inflammation. This mainly is due to the reduced glucose and carbs intake.

#11 Conditions like autism and bipolar syndrome are somehow connected to the diet. It is seen that people suffering from these conditions witness milder symptoms if they follow this particular diet.

#12 Keto helps manage depression and anxiety. This is due to the low sugar level and increased intake of healthy fats.

There are some disadvantages like irritability, anxiousness, loss of appetite etc. but this happens only in the initial stage. Once you get the hang of this diet, it will definitely give you results.

It is necessary for you to talk to your dietician before you decide on whether this diet is made for you or not. Even though it is seen to help the majority of people, do your own research and choose what is best for you.

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