Cholesterol myths debunked
One of the biggest misconceptions for years, out there is that cholesterol is “bad”.
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again- The positives of living the Keto life cannot be emphasised enough! While weight loss is one of the most significant benefits of following a LCHF diet (Low Carb High Fat) with fat now becoming the primary source of fuel, there’s a lot more to the plus side of allowing your body to enter a state of ketosis.
We spoke last time about the benefits of Fat and how it works as an important part in many physiological functions like providing energy, assisting with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, K) and maintaining healthy skin and cell membrane structure, besides also helping basic metabolic and immune functions work better, but let’s delve a little deeper.
Did you know that Goku’s famous Sensu beans in the show Dragon Ball Z were actually superfoods loaded with fat? (Yes, you’re never too old for a DBZ reference)
Well, we don’t know if they were but they might as well have been! They helped the fighter up his immune system, helped him heal and recover, and most importantly, served as fuel for his trials – Much like Fat resources do for you, when you’re hitting the gym hard.
You can give the Duracell bunny a run for his money when you’re on Keto!
When we restrict carbs, our body starts using the glycogen stores for energy and gradually shifts to fats for energy. When someone starts a Ketogenic diet they soon notice stable and increased energy levels throughout the day. So no more sugar cravings or caffeine crashes and no slouchy afternoons! Each gram of fat gives 9 calories whereas each gram of carbohydrates provide 4 calories. When external source of fat is not present, body fats are broken down to release energy from ketones. This mechanism provides sustained release of energy and not sudden fluctuations in your blood sugar levels.
Less blonde moments and more ‘Ah’ moments coming your way once you switch over to keto, because Ketones are a neuroprotective antioxidant. They have been found to act as an antioxidant, preventing harmful reactive oxygen species from damaging brain cells.
Another reason is that using ketones over glucose as brain fuel results in maintaining the health of aging brain cells because brain cells tend to lose their ability to use glucose efficiently as fuel over time.
A ketogenic diet helps in the treatment of obesity and cardiovascular diseases, which are considered as one of the most difficult and important challenges. By removing carbohydrates from the diet, you’re able to lower unhealthy triglyceride levels in our body. Studies state that an increase in plasma triglyceride(TG)levels associate with an increase in CVD risk, and excess carbs get converted into triglyceride.
Eating at least two to three serving of fish or supplementing omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of heart disease, particularly sudden cardiac death.
Did you know that reduction of Hba1c levels is one of the main guideline for the management of Type 2 Diabetes?
Having constantly low levels of hba1c, would decrease the risk of developing diabetic complications. According to a study done by Talib et al., the effectiveness of ketogenic diet was more significant than that of a low calorie intake diet on glycosylated hemoglobin. This effect on HbA1c levels is due to the use of ketone bodies as a source for energy instead of glucose which creates fluctuations in insulin levels.
Reducing body fat and increasing the muscle mass is one of the earliest strategies used for the management of type 2 diabetes and prevention of diabetic complications. Low carbohydrate diet increases the insulin sensitivity and corrects metabolic syndrome disorders.
Yes, you heard it right… A ketogenic diet can help lead a healthy, Cancer-free life!
Otto Warburg was a leading cell biologist, who led to the discovery that cancer cells are unable to flourish using energy produced from cellular respiration, but instead from glucose fermentation. Simply put, cancer cells can’t survive in a body that doesn’t consume too many carbs.
As you continue to consume glucose as your primary diet source, cancer cells will continue to thrive and spread. It is no surprise that the lowest survival rate in cancer patients is among those with the highest blood sugar levels.
With ketogenic diets, lowering carbohydrates will reduce your levels of glucose, the fuel that feeds cancer cells. This will put your body into ketosis and will assist in depleting cancer cells of their energy supply.
A ketogenic diet helps prevent and cure Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
It is the most common endocrine disorder affecting women of reproductive age, affecting approximately 4% of women. PCOS is often associated with symptoms of excess testosterone: irregular or absent menses, excessive body hair and infertility.
The metabolic and endocrine effects of low carbohydrate KD are evidenced by improvements in body weight, free testosterone percentage, luteinizing hormone/follicle-stimulating hormone ratio, and fasting insulin levels. Such dietary intervention and lifestyle management has beneficial effects in the treatment of PCOS and improve depressive symptoms, psychological disturbances, and health-related quality of life in these patients.
That’s not all, in a nut shell, an LCHF diet also helps -
This diet can give plethora of benefits, which may be applicable for a variety of people with varied health goals. However, there may be requirement of supplementation to fulfill the nutritional gaps. A well monitored LCHF plan can definitely solve many health issues that are prevailing today! Happy lifting, until next time.