How does Ketosis differ from average weight loss?

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Keto diet

The traditional way of losing weight

The traditional method includes burning excess calories by doing regular exercise. In this method, plenty of protein & fiber-rich food is taken. Protein also plays a vital role in the feeling of fullness and reducing hunger. Food and drinks rich in calories like junk food and Sugary drinks are avoided. In this diet, fat and dairy products are less entertained. Glucose present in our blood is a prime source of energy. Cells of the body burn glucose to create energy.

Losing weight with Ketogenic Diet

Another way of losing weight is to follow a Ketogenic diet. In this diet, one can eat Meat, Nuts, High-Fat Dairy, and above-ground Veggies. Food that is strictly avoided in the KETO diet are Grains, Sugar, Fruit & Starchy Root Veggies.

A ketogenic diet is High Fat, Low Protein & Very Low Carb diet. In this diet, instead of carbohydrates, the body uses fats for energy.

The working mechanism of a ketogenic diet

When a person reduces carbohydrate intake, then blood glucose level diminishes. A low glucose level in the blood induces less secretion of insulin in the blood. In the absence of glucose, the liver breaks down fats to ketones to provide energy. This metabolic state, when achieved, is called Ketosis. In the absence of glucose, these ketones are used as energy. Organs and their cells can use ketone bodies(water-soluble molecules produced by the liver from fatty acids in the absence of glucose) as an alternative energy source.


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Weight loss and other benefits of Low carb Keto diet

  1. Reduces Appetite: Low carb diet with high fats and protein intake results in the reduction of appetite.
  2. Lose weight faster: Studies show that people on a keto diet can reduce weight more quickly when compared to the other diet plans.
  3. Keto diet reduces Triglycerides. Various studies suggest when we consume less carb, then the liver produces fewer triglycerides, a type of fat. Triglycerides in less amount are essential, but it is harmful to the heart in a high amount.
  4. A Keto diet increases good CholesteCholesterolhave discussed earlier, the keto diet is high in fats and very low in carbs. This combination of High fats and very low carbs increases the ‘good’ HDL level.
  5. Useful for Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the combination of various disorders like — high blood pressure, high blood sugar, too much fat around the waist. People suffering from metabolic syndrome are five times more prone to develop type 2 diabetes. The benefits of a ketogenic diet on these disorders are mentioned below.
  6. Reduces abdominal Obesity: The location of fats stored in the body determines the type of risk and how it will affect health. A ketogenic diet is best to reduce fats around the abdominal cavity.
  7. Reduces high blood pressure: Low carb diet reduces weight and also blood pressure.
  8. Maintains Sugar level: Ketogenic diet is a low-carb diet, reducing the level of glucose in the blood. Less glucose in the blood results in less need for insulin in the blood. One study of the Keto diet with type 2 diabetes is found to lower their HbA1c and medication. Many type 2 diabetes has reversed the problem by following a keto diet. Keto diet improves insulin resistance.
  9. Heart Health: According to a study, risk factors of cardiovascular disease are obesity, high blood pressure, etc. Keto diet helps in lowering these risks. Keto diet helps in lowering these risks. The Keto diet also helps in lowering bad cholesterol and maintaining good cholesterol in the body.

Effective in Brain Disorders: During starvation or in ketosis brain uses ketones. It is found this diet plan affects the functioning of the brain positively. A ketogenic diet is now followed and studied for various brain disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and epilepsy. Many doctors, dietitians, or nutritionists can help you if you want to be on a keto diet. But if you need to find a doctor with good knowledge about losing weight with a ketogenic diet, you can consult online on consultancy websites like Practo, DoctoriDuniya, etc. At DoctoriDuniya, you can book an appointment online with a Dietitian or Nutritionist 24x7, with eOPd and an e-prescription facility.

Before online consultation, keep all the vital information with you. Make a list of your symptoms, medical problems of the past, all medications & supplements you take, etc. The Nutritionist may ask about the family history of the problem.

From Google Playstore, you can download DoctoriDuniya — Free Medical App and create your Online Personal Medical Account called NAINI. You can track the history of e-prescriptions of medicines or food-chart Plan and get free follow-ups; get an online doctor consultation with General physicians, dietitians, or Nutritionist and store your lab test reports & Health reports for further actions at NAINI.


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