The keto diet is the goto diet to lose fat. That is exactly what the diet is designed to do. It was discovered originally not as a treatment for obesity but to treat seizures in epileptic children who could not take or be therapy-resistant to the epileptic drugs of the 1920s, ref. Ketogenic Diet
How the keto diet reducers fat?
Expect to lose weight around day 4 of starting the diet as your body switches from using glucose as a fuel source to burning fat. The fat is broken down in ketones and your body can use this as an alternative fuel source to glucose.
From my own clinical observations on average between 1-2 kilos per week is a realistic value for weight loss when you stick to the plan.
Studies show that the ketogenic diet can preserve muscle mass more so when compared to a low-fat diet. That means you will no muscle mass loss the you are in ketosis. Losing muscle mass is associated with poor health and fragility.
Once you are in ketosis you are losing weight 24/7, even when you sleep.
The benefits of keto diet on sleep?
In addition to weight loss, the keto diet is going to promote sleep. When you adhere to a ketogenic diet you may find you sleep deeper and you are more alert during the day. Another benefit if you are eating proteins like turkey and chicken. It is that they are high in the amino acid tryptophan which is a building block the body uses to make:
- Serotonin – stabilising neurotransmitter promotes sleep duration
- Melatonin – helps with sleep onset.
How keto diet effect anxiety?
After all the keto was original develop to manage a mental illness in children, epilepsy. Ketogenic diet will over time:
- Increase the production of a GABA neurotransmitter that clams the brain has a calming effect on anxiety
- Act as a neuro anti-inflammatory
- Reduce excretory neurotransmitters like glutamate, making you calmer.
Also, reset studies in 2018 suggest that “Keto diet should be considered as a promising intervention in research in mood disorder therapeutics”, ref
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