Word’s out that theketogenic diet and lifestyle promotes weight loss. Obesity is surging and associated with numerous health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. People are turning to keto to budge the bulge and improve health, wellness, and quality of life.
With keto, weight loss can occur quickly and most weight loss in the first couple of weeks is typically from water. This loss of water-weight is due to the carbohydrate restriction since carbohydrates retain water when stored in the body. The body also reduces glycogen stores (or stored glucose) in the muscles. At this point, weight loss can slow and continue at a steadier rate.
Total weight loss depends on the starting weight. With a higher starting weight, weight loss typically occurs more rapidly.
As always, it’s important to stay hydrated, get regular appropriate exercise, plenty of rest, and consume nutritious foods to achieve healthy weight loss on keto. Continuing the keto lifestyle can help maintain weight loss results and a healthy body weight.
What Does the Research Show About Keto for Weight Loss?
The increase in fat consumption and reduction in sugar intake is the main concepts of the ketogenic diet. All calories aren’t equal. The calories in a sugary candy bar don’t deliver the same nutritious value to the body as the same amount of calories in broccoli. Different macronutrients and types of calories have different effects on the body, fat storage, and metabolism.
Studies repeatedly show that a lower carbohydrate ketogenic diet is superior for long-term weight loss when compared to a low-fat diet. Essential fatty acids really are essential to thrive and survive and they can also assist with weight loss.
From clinical studies to personal stories, the evidence is clear that the ketogenic diet is effective for weight loss[4,5].
Insulin, Sugar, and the Role in Weight Loss
Insulin also plays a role. Insulin is a hormone that’s released by the pancreas with sugar consumption. This shifts the metabolism into a fat-storage mode. The insulin hormone stores sugar or glucose into our cells where it’s used for energy. Sugar can’t properly get into most of the body’s cells without insulin[6,7].
Lowering sugar intake on the ketogenic diet lowers the need for insulin and helps shift the body into a fat-burning mode instead of a fat-storage mode. Research points to the weight loss benefits of ditching sugar and sugar-sweetened beverages — a necessity when going keto.
Certain other factors might also be involved with weight loss, such ashormones, toxicity, and stress.
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