It’s fair to say that the vast majority of people start reading about the keto diet just because they’ve heard somewhere that it’s a great way to lose weight quickly. There is nothing wrong with that, after all, belly fat and high cholesterol are very good reasons to start educating one’s self about ways of putting a stop to unhealthy foods and habits. However, you probably never read about some other benefits of the keto diet other than weight loss. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Considering that it is inevitable that you will lose weight if you decide to follow the keto diet, it’s obvious that your health will improve in general. First of all, fewer pounds means that your blood sugar levels will normalize, that is especially important if you want to have a healthy heart. Your food cravings will decrease and you will resolve any issue you might have with your appetite. These and other ‘improvements’ together make for a stronger immune system. Diseases will have a hard time finding their way to hurt you.
You will have to learn how to cook
It may not sound so nice now but you have to think about this one in the long run. Should you start your keto journey, you will have to learn a thing or two about keto-friendly foods and keto meals. Nowadays, keto options aren’t widely available. So, it is fair to say that you won’t find keto meal options at your favorite restaurant or diner. So, instead of looking for places that offer keto options (which are usually quite pricey), you should start cooking at home. Learn about keto friendly foods and find recipes online for keto meals. Keto meals require some learning and planning but they are not tough to master. There are many delicious keto meals, don’t worry about that. How to get into ketosis? How long does it take to get into ketosis? Is that what you’re wondering about now?
Let’s just say that the first few days of the keto diet can be difficult. That period is sometimes called ‘the keto flu period’ and it’s perfectly normal. The body needs to adapt to burning ‘new fuel’ for energy. It’s switching from burning glucose to burning fat. This switch will be tiring but it won’t last long. When it ends, you will experience a burst in energy. Not only will you have more energy but you will also improve your endurance. According to experts, when our bodies use fat for fuel, the endurance and energy levels improve. If you’re working out, this will come in handy. The more you can endure, the better.
Type 2 Diabetes symptoms
High carb foods are something that is ‘banned’ from your list of groceries when you’re following a keto diet. Eating high carb foods causes a rise in blood sugar which is followed by a decrease in insulin levels. When you’re only eating low carb foods, you are stabilizing your blood sugar and thus improving type 2 diabetes symptoms. If you’re suffering from it, that is. People who suffer from this type of diabetes know how difficult it can get to get on with life sometimes. Fortunately, the keto diet can help with managing blood sugar levels. And, there are studies that confirm this claim. On top of that, when you have stable levels of blood sugar, your stamina and energy will improve. That has been mentioned but, imagine combining it with the management of the type diabetes symptoms. Sounds good, right?
Many keto dieters claim that their sleep has improved. Actually, people that follow keto diets have a ‘deeper’ sleep. Once your body adjusts to ketosis, you will sleep longer, deeper and your energy levels won’t diminish as fast as they used to before you started your diet. You just need to bear in mind that during the ‘adjustment’ phase, you might experience insomnia or difficulty staying asleep. But, just muscle through that phase and everything will be alright.
Hopefully you now know something you didn’t know before about the keto diet. There are things about this diet that don’t necessarily revolve around weight loss. Following this diet won’t only rid you of extra pounds, it will also improve your life’s quality. And, it will do that in the long run. As long as you’re following the diet properly.