Losing weight, or rather, losing fat, is not an easy process, and it isn’t something that should approached half-heartedly either.
If you’re truly serious about losing weight and getting in shape, then ideally need to be committed to whichever diet and/or exercise routine you intend to use to get you to where you need to be. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’re probably rolling your eyes as you read this, since you know which diet I’m about to drill down into. That’s right, we’re all about low-carb here at Ketoship!
As far as fat loss is concerned, low carbohydrate diets have proven incredibly effective time and time again. Not only have these types of diets been proven as an effective weight loss method, they have also been purported to have various other benefits, including the effective treatment of epilepsy and also helping to combat diabetes.
But, there are certain other benefits of low-carb and ketogenic dieting that you may not have heard of. Here’s a look at a few lesser-known benefits of cutting those carbs, some of which might actually surprise you.
1) Low-carb Diets Can Suppress Appetite
As we all know, following a low-carb diet usually means that there’s plenty of fat on the menu! This is part of what makes this particular type of dieting so popular. But, that’s not to say that you can gorge yourself silly, nor is it to say that you won’t experience pangs of hunger or sugar cravings. This is a restrictive diet, after all.
One benefit of low-carb dieting that you may not have been aware of, is the fact that low carb diets can suppress your appetite, which is mainly down to the larger quantities of protein that you consume instead of starchy carbs. Protein is thermogenic, which basically means that the body has a much tougher time digesting it and breaking it down compared with other macros. Because of this, it stays in your stomach for longer, keeping you feeling fuller for longer.
Ensuring that you are satiated helps with cravings, and ensures that you don’t over indulge. Even if you eat large quantities of the approved foods on your low-carb diet (be it keto, atkins, or whatever your choice) you run the risk of increasing your carb intake, which could knock you out of ketosis.
2) Low-cab Diets Reduce Harmful Triglycerides
A heightened level of blood triglycerides puts us at an increased risk of suffering from conditions such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, or even a heart attack. One of the main causes of elevated blood triglyceride levels, is carbohydrate consumption, (excessive consumption of simple carbohydrates in particular. Step away from the sugar!).
When carbs are reduced and restricted, the number of triglycerides found in the blood often reduces very dramatically, especially compared with low fat diets, which can actually result in an increase in blood triglyceride levels! Remember when we said that carbs are killing you? Yeah. That.
3) Low-Carb Diets Increase Cholesterol, in a Good Way
There are two different types of cholesterol in our bodies: LDL cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol that is responsible for blocking our arteries and contributing towards heart attacks and other similar conditions, whereas HDL cholesterol is actually very healthy and beneficial for many reasons.
HDL cholesterol is instrumental in reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol. As such, increased HDL cholesterol levels can greatly reduce your risk of suffering from heart-related conditions! HDL reduces, reuses, and recycles LDL cholesterol by transporting it to the liver where it can be reprocessed.
4) Low-carb Diets Reduce Blood Pressure
Finally, another very important and lesser known benefit associated with low-carb dieting, is the fact that low-carb diets have been reported to reduce your blood pressure. High blood pressure is often a precursor for a number of health conditions, many of which can be fatal.
Studies have found that by reducing carbohydrate intake, participants were able to normalize their own blood pressure levels and lose larger amounts of abdominal fat than buy following a regular ‘balanced’ diet. This loss of abdominal fat can help with blood pressure stabilization too. When there is excess fat around the stomach, the tissues within the stomach release hormones and chemical messengers that raise your blood pressure by affecting the heart and kidneys.
So there we have it! Four benefits of low-carb dieting that you may have never even heard of. What are your experiences with low-carb dieting? Perhaps you’ve even used the keto diet to control your diabetes?
Whatever your experience, we’d love to hear about it so please share it with us in the comments section below.