The keto diet has made a huge splash in the media in the past few years for its amazing weight loss benefits.
Celebrities like Halle Berry, Katie Couric, Kim, and Kourtney Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, LeBron James, Megan Fox, and Adriana Lima have all sworn by the keto diet.
They credit it with making keeping them fit and healthy. But, that’s not all.
The benefits of the keto diet go way beyond weight loss. Let’s take a look at the top five.
1. Less Inflammation
If you suffer from any of these conditions, you know how debilitating inflammation can be:
- Joint pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
I don’t think I’m medically qualified to explain why the keto diet reduces inflammation, but the National Institute of Health backs the findings.
They claim that:
“The ketogenic diet performs anti-inflammatory activity by inhibiting nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-kB) activation and nucleotide-binding domain, leucine-rich-containing family, pyrin domain-containing-3 (NLRP3) inflammasome as well as inhibiting histone deacetylases (HDACs), improving memory encoding.”
Right, what they said.
2. Better Sleep Quality and Energy Levels
When you first start your keto diet, you may find yourself having a hard time falling asleep.
But once your body adjusts to running primarily on fat and your insulin levels stabilize, you will find your sleep patterns and energy levels return to normal if not better than before.
This is because ketosis increases your slow-wave sleeping patterns while also decreasing your resting eye movements (REM).
3. Enhanced Brain Function
The keto diet was originally created as a treatment for childhood epilepsy in the 1920s.
While many people still use the keto diet to regulate their epilepsy today, new research has shown that the brain can benefit in many other ways as well.
Adults who maintain a keto diet have been shown to have improved memory and cognition. That means that you will be a lot less likely to forget to buy milk when you go to the grocery store.
Not only that, but the keto diet has been shown to improve the brain function of people with all stages of dementia and Alzheimers.
4. Increases Endurance
The keto diet doesn’t reduce your muscle mass. That’s why a lot of wrestlers and bodybuilders choose to follow a ketogenic diet.
They can create a calorie deficit and not have to worry about their muscles being destroyed.
The keto diet is also being adopted by long-distance runners. They find that fat-adaption allows their bodies to run further without crashing in the middle of a race.