For years the Ketogenic Diet has been heralded as “the diet for cancer” because it effectively targets the fat cells of the body. This diet is based upon the principle of starving the body of carbohydrates (in this case glucose) in order to allow the human body to use proteins for energy. The ketogenic diet also forces the human body to turn fats into glucose instead of the usual carbohydrates. In this way the ketones created from the excessive glucose are broken down into simple sugars the body can use as fuel.
While this diet has shown preliminary success with patients with diabetes and high blood pressure, there are many people who still have a hard time losing weight on this diet. The main reason why people cannot seem to lose weight on this method is because they have too high levels of bad cholesterol levels. The ketone bodies that are formed cannot break down with fat and cholesterol levels, so these people must use more muscle tissue to burn the fat instead. This is why people who are at high risk for high blood pressure and diabetes are not advised to go on this type of diet.
A study performed at the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine found that the consumption of a high quality protein diet plan can be extremely beneficial for people with diabetes. The study also found that the consumption of a high quality vegetable plan can be incredibly helpful for those who have high blood sugar levels. These findings are extremely encouraging for weight loss researchers all over the world. The fact that it is possible to decrease insulin levels without decreasing the amount of food that you eat is something that makes this diet stand out. This is because it shows that you are able to reduce both the amount of food that you take in and how much you need to consume in order to maintain a healthy weight without decreasing the amount of fat that is consumed.
In one study conducted by USDA, scientists went so far as to test the effects that a Ketogenic Diet can have on an array of different diseases. Tests were performed on rats that were suffering from Type 2 Diabetes and degenerative eye diseases. They found that half of the group that was on a Ketogenic Diet showed a significant improvement in their ability to control their glucose levels. They also found that there was a significant reduction in the amount of damage that was done to the eyes of the rats. As you can imagine, this is very promising and could prove to be very effective in treating various eye problems.
In another study, rats that were fed on a Ketogenic Diet showed improved insulin sensitivity. This was tested on animals that had diabetes. Those rats that were fed on the Ketogenic Diets were less insulin resistant than those that were fed on a low carb diet. In addition, the insulin levels in the rats that were fed on the Ketogenic Diets were significantly lower than those of rats that were fed on a low carb diet. One other interesting finding in this particular study was that when the rats were tested after they were fed on a Ketogenic Diet, they had significantly less blood glucose in their system. This may help to explain why diabetic people may benefit so much from following Ketogenic Diets.
There are numerous other health benefits that can be achieved when following a Ketogenic Diet. Many of the foods that are considered to be “good carbs,” such as bread and pasta, contain good carbs but when consumed in large quantities, can cause your blood pressure to spike. It may be somewhat surprising but drinking a glass of red wine may help to lower your blood pressure and may even prevent it from going up for a period of time. Many people who are interested in losing weight may find the following to be particularly appealing: consuming leafy green veggies; consuming oolong tea; consuming olive oil; and consuming Aloe Vera.