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Summer is a great motivator to get the lean and vital body you want for yourself and your life.

The keto diet can help you get the body you want while benefiting your health. Keto is a high-fat, low-carb diet with moderate protein. Your body enters into ketosis when the liver breaks down fat into fatty acids and glycerol. The body then further breaks down these fatty acids into an energy-rich substance called ketones that circulate through the bloodstream. Rather than drawing energy from glucose, a person in ketosis stays fueled off of these circulating ketones, essentially burning fat for fuel. In addition to burning fat, which also helps reduce toxins stored in your fat cells, there are a plethora of other health benefits. My favorites are listed below:

1. Increased Energy: When you’re in ketosis, your brain uses ketones as a fuel source, which remains consistent. The problem with carbs as an energy source is that they cause your blood sugar levels to rise and fall. Because the energy source isn’t consistent, it’s difficult for your brain to stay focused for long periods of time. In ketosis, you have the benefit of sustainable focus as well as increased clarity.

2. Reduce Risk of Type II Diabetes: This process of burning fat also helps control the release of hormones like insulin, which plays a role in development of diabetes and other health problems. When we eat carbohydrates, insulin is released as a reaction to elevated blood glucose. The ketogenic diet works by eliminating carbohydrates from the diet and keeping the body’s carbohydrate stores almost empty, therefore preventing too much insulin from being released following food consumption and creating normal blood sugar levels. This can help reverse insulin resistance, which is the underlying problem contributing to diabetes symptoms.

3. Reduces Risk of Heart Disease: The keto diet increases HDL cholesterol. HDL is the good cholesterol that carries cholesterol away from the body and to the liver where it can be reused or excreted. One study found that adhering to the keto diet food list for 24 weeks resulted in decreased levels of triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and blood glucose in a significant percentage of patients, which are standard markers for heart disease.

Interested in starting a ketogenic diet? It is best to work with a professional to monitor your ketone levels and stay on track with a custom food list. Customized programs are available at Vitality Health Center, where our holistic approach will benefit all areas of your life.

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Be well. Be happy. Be vital.

Calliope Tsoukalas Nutrition Counselor/Health & Fitness Writer

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