Comprehensive List of Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

Don’t feel hungry as often, don’t feel the need to eat as often.

This is really helpful, because I can go far longer without eating, and still perform super well. I’ve often fasted for several days in a row without feeling any need at all to eat. When I’m on the go, this is indescribably convenient. It’s almost like I’ve cheated my way past having an appetite. If I have a great work out, though, it’s a different story. I absolutely need to eat… and I eat a lot.

More energy.

Since my mid-teens, I’ve struggled with chronic fatigue, lethargy, and general tiredness. I’ve noticed that my body generally just has a lot more energy lately.

Enhanced cognition. Less brain fog.

Since adopting the diet about four months ago, I’ve noticed my mind works better. I’ve had lifelong issues paying attention and concentrating on boring tasks, and I find myself much more able to control and focus my mind since adopting the diet. Additionally, my mind makes connections between things faster; memory recall and processing speed have noticeably increased. This all likely has to do with the fact that BDNF is increased in the brain, and GABAergic function is optimized, as well.In layman’s terms, this means that there are increased transmission of neuroprotective chemicals in the brain, causing an increased rate of neurogenesis, which literally causes new brain cells to grow and survive. Additionally, brain activity is regulated and stopped from over-excitation, which happens in those suffering from anxiety and even epilepsy The best part is that as I stick with this diet, I’m noticing increasing returns in this area of my life. I’ve been getting sharper, more focused, and more creative with each passing day. That’s huge.

Need less sleep.

Being able to get away with 4-5 hours of sleep per night is a godsend. This allows me to be so much more productive. Read my post detailing my experience with this.

Theoretical benefits for longevity.

Ketosis is scientifically proven to generate less oxidative stress and preserve mitochondrial function, so therefore I should have less damage to my DNA and I should (hopefully) live longer.

Higher testosterone.

I’ve had experience with having my T levels all over different ends of the spectrum (between 189 ng/dL and over 1,500 ng/dL) and I’m at the point where I can very easily tell when there are healthy amounts of testosterone pumping through my blood. Keto does that for me, likely because of the sharp increase in dietary cholesterol – cholesterol is the building block of testosterone.My testosterone is regularly very high with this diet. I notice it in my heightened motivation and confidence, increased energy, increased sex drive, reduction in depressive thought patterns, and propensity for building and maintaining muscle mass. Do you need to be keto to boost your T? No, there are actually plenty of ways to do it. I’ll write a post about it later.

Lower protein-need threshold, higher anabolic potential because of greater quantities of free-floating amino acids. Whien lifting regularly on a diet high in carbs, I typically needed 200g to 250g grams of protein in order to see muscle-building returns on my hard work. I would also typically need upwards of 100g to 150g of protein in order to maintain the muscle mass. With keto, I can get away with maintaining my muscle mass with 50g of protein, and I’ve had success building muscle with as little as 120g of protein. This is pretty astounding to me, and I really enjoy this aspect of keto. This also brings me to my next point:

Less risk of catabolism. (typically a serious problem I had when functioning on carbs). It’s a pain in the ass to need to be constantly focusing on protein intake. Prior to keto, if I was constantly lifting, I also needed to make sure I packed a ton of protein to bring with me on a day’s journey doing, well, whatever it was I’d be doing (school, lifeguarding, working, etc). I hate the empty, loose-muscle feeling of catabolism, and I enjoy holding onto my hard-earned muscle mass. So this is cool.

Lower levels of inflammation. The Standard American Diet is inherently inflammatory.Why does this matter? Because inflammation is the root of nearly all disease.Most of this inflammation comes from sugar and processed foods, neither of which have any room in my keto diet. I pay special attention to the stuff going into my body, because I’m sure many of the health issues I’ve had to deal with over the years stemmed from excessive inflammation due to the sugar and unhealthy processed foods in my diet. The way I eat keto is intentionally anti-inflammatory, and I will keep it that way for a long time to come. I prefer to live a long, healthy, disease-free life, if possible. Which brings me to my next point.

Significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. The ketogenic diet specifically promotes lower levels of inflammation, healthier brain function, and dietary ingredients that are neuroprotective (MCT oil, grass fed butter, Omega-3’s, etc.). The amyloid beta plaques that cause Alzheimer’s and dementia are directly tied to sugar, grains, and processed foods. Eating a diet void of these ingredients is a great step towards avoiding dementia and Alzheimer’s. Keto accomplishes that, but it actually takes it a step further, as well… healthy fats are directly supportive of brain function. Eating MCT oil, coconut oil, Omega-3’s, and grass fed butter have been scientifically proven to improve markers of dementia, and undo that damage to the brain. This is revolutionary knowledge, considering 2016 statisticsindicate 1 in 3 American seniors suffer from dementia. If you’ve seen the effects of neurodegenerative diseases firsthand, I’m sure you know it is notsomething you want to develop. I do everything I can to make sure this doesn’t happen to me later in life.

This is an extremely important topic. If you’d like to read more about how this diet specifically treats and prevents neurodegenerative dementias, read this article.

Nearly zero risk of developing diabetes (unless you’re massively, massively overdoing it on the protein). Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance, which is caused by a habit of excessively spiking insulin through sugar intake, which is caused by unhealthy habits and a lack of self control. Eating a diet composed mostly of fat will ensure you rarely, if ever, see much of an insulin response in your system. This essentially makes it totally impossible to develop diabetes. Pretty cool, huh?

Really easy to stay lean. Because my body is mobilizing my own adipose tissue (body fat) in order to supply energy to my mitochondria, it means that I naturally stay lean. On top of that, eating keto means that I don’t really ever spike my insulin, which makes it almost impossible to store fat. As long as I keep it up, my body fat percentage can only go down from here. That’s cool. I do enjoy having a six pack.

Awesome weight loss tool. Read the above bullet. If you’re trying to lose weight, this is the diet to do. I’ve been following the r/keto subredditfor a while, and regularly see stories of people who manage to lose upwards of 150+ lbs using the diet, with minimal energy required. The fact of the matter is that weight is mostly lost through nutrition, not exercise. Align yourself with this principle, and weight will fly off faster than you can say “twinky.” Ignore this principle, and you’re wasting your time. Want to lose weight? Don’t beat around the bush. Just do keto.

Tastes delicious. Cooking with coconut oil and butter on a regular basis? So down. Yum.

Less cravings on a daily basis. I used to struggle with this a lot. My body would constantly be like “yo dude, let’s get some sugar in the system, stat,” and I’d end up with all sorts of cravings on a regular basis. I’d often end up indulging in those cravings, too. It was a serious problem for a while, and I think my indulgences fucked up my health pretty badly, actually. With keto, my body has gotten to a state where I hardly ever have cravings for sugar, and if I do have a craving, dark chocolate safely takes care of it.

Makes my coffee more potent. Check out my post on my coffee concoction and what it does for me. This is important, because having super potent coffee that drastically enhances one’s productivity is very useful when trying to advance progress in different areas of one’s life.

So yeah! There you have it. Pretty incredible, for sure. The potency and efficacy of many of the benefits listed above depend on how closely one sticks to the diet. Like I’ve said… if you have any questions about any of this, or how to properly implement the diet, please feel free to reach out! I’m happy to help.

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