Ketogenic diets, also known as low carb diets, are known for their weight loss benefits. However, few people know that eating fewer carbohydrates and more fat has a wide range of long-term health benefits.
- Low Carb Diets Contribute to Weight Loss
Carbohydrates are broken down by the body into glucose (sugar). When eating a high carbohydrate diet, insulin levels are elevated after meals to help break down the glucose for energy and restore blood sugar levels to normal. However, insulin is a fat storing hormone, and at high levels, it tells the body to store fat.
On a low carb diet, fats are used as energy instead of carbohydrates. The metabolic process called ketosis begins when the body adapts to a lower carbohydrate intake and converts to burning fat for energy. By eating very few carbs, insulin levels never rise too much and fat storage is greatly reduced.