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Benefits of Ketosis

What are the benefits of ketosis?

 

Establishing the metabolic state of ketosis —even for a short period of time— has great benefits.

 

  1. In the metabolic state of ketosis, our body becomes increasingly efficient at mobilizing fats as our energy source. Once in ketosis, our body indeed prefers ketones over glucose as fuel. Hence, ketosis increases our body’s ability to utilize fats as our primary energy.

 

  1. During ketosis, lipid energy metabolism is in action. In absence of glucose, our body turns to our stored body fat as our fuel.

 

  1. Ketones, along with appropriate amount of protein intake, suppress appetite. Dietary fat holds nine calories per gram compared to four calories held by one gram of sugar; fat is a much denser food in terms of energy content.

 

  1. Ketosis has a protein sparing effect. As we have abundant amount of stored fat, there is no need for our body to oxidize protein from our muscle tissues to generate glucose (gluconeogenesis).

 

  1. Insulin has a lipolysis-blocking effect, which can inhibit the use of fatty acids as energy. Low levels of insulin in our body cause greater lipolysis and free-glycerol release compared to a typical high-carb diet when our insulin level is around 80 – 120. Low levels of insulin in the body also cause release of beneficial hormones.

 

  1. Individuals following the ketogenic diet will experience a drop in “bad” cholesterol levels, and “good” cholesterol levels will increase.

 

  1. A high-carbohydrate diet, on the other hand, increases hunger levels. Because we consume ample fat on a ketogenic diet, which holds nine calories per gram, we do not need much food in terms of volume. We do not go hungry on a reduced-calorie ketogenic diet.

 

  1. Once our body gets used to producing ketones as our main energy substrate, we will actually have more balanced energy. We won’t be fighting through low-blood-sugar crashes set off by high-carb meals.

 

 

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