Why the Ketogenic Diet Impacts Fat Burn

Why the Ketogenic Diet Impacts Fat Burn

Keto can help you lose weight and make various positive changes to your life. The high-fat, low-carb diet has gained a lot of buzz in recent years, creating a big community of keto-praising eaters.

Unlike with calorie restriction diet, keto helps people lose weight by putting their body into ketosis state. When people consume minimal carbohydrates, their body produces ketones for energy which are made in your livers from fatty acids found in food or your own body fat. Therefore, your liver actually burns fat to make ketones which are used for energy in lieu of carbohydrates.

As your body gradually burns fat as a fuel source, you will begin to lose weight. You may be wondering if keto can target to lose specific problem areas, such as belly, arm or leg fat. Burning belly fat is high on the priority list for most people. The fat in your belly is visceral fat, which is a dangerous kind of fat that creates deep inside the abdomen, encasing your internal organs. Visceral fat is the cause of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Technically, it’s hard to spot-target fat areas for reduction as the body normally decides where weight loss will happen. However, keto may be useful for reducing stubborn belly fat.

Belly fat, or visceral fat, caused by a combination of genes and a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar. Visceral fat can easily become inflamed, making it incredibly hard to lose and dangerous to surrounding blood vessels. A well-formulated keto diet has strong anti-inflammatory effects, making it easier to reduce stubborn belly fat.

Keto alone likely will not be enough to lose a large amount of belly fat. Keto works well when combined with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises. Do remember to consult with your doctor before starting any new diet or exercise plan.

Health Benefits of Keto Diet

Health Benefits of Keto Diet

The ketogenic diet was initially created to treat neurological diseases; however, over the last century, countless researches have been implemented to examine the other health benefits of ketogenic diets. Keto has been proved to offer benefits for a myriad of health conditions:

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Heart disease: The ketogenic diet can increase cholesterol levels and decrease body fat and blood sugar—all risk factors affecting heart disease.
Cancer: Keto is currently being applied to treat cancers and slow the development of tumors.
Alzheimer’s disease: Keto may decrease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or slow its development. 

Epilepsy: Research has shown that the ketogenic diet can cause a sizeable decline in the number of seizures appeared in epileptic children.
Parkinson’s disease: One study proved that the diet helped decrease Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
Polycystic ovary syndrome: Keto can decrease insulin levels, which may play a critical role in treating polycystic ovary syndrome.
Brain injuries: One research conducted on animals found that keto can support concussion recovery and post-brain injury recovery.

Acne: Eating less sugar and processed foods lead to lower insulin levels which helps reduce the possibility and frequency of breakouts.
Diabetes: Keto can enhance insulin sensitivity and increase fat loss, which are remarkable benefits for people with type 2 diabetes.

Although more evidence is needed to support keto’s other health benefits. It is quite remarkable, though, that a diet initiated to treat neurological disorders has been able to reduce weight, and could potentially be developed further to treat a large number of human ailments.

Foods to Avoid in Keto

Any food that is high in carbohydrates should be eliminated or removed while attempting to apply ketosis. Some of these foods include:

  Sugary foods: Cake, ice cream, sweet, soda, fruit juice
  Grains or starches: Cereal, pasta, rice, bread, all wheat-based foods
  Fruit: All fruit should be limited, with the exception of certain type of berries.
  Beans: Peas, kidney beans, red beans, chickpeas, lentils
  Root vegetables: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots,
  Low-fat packaged products: These products are highly processed and usually filled with a lot of carbs.
  Condiments and sauces: Many condiments and sauces have  sugar or unhealthy fats. Read the labels!
  Unhealthy fats: Limit fats like vegetable oil and mayonnaise.
  Alcohol: Alcohol beverages are high in carbs

   Sugar-free diet foods: These products are highly processed and high in sugar, which affect ketone levels.