Research shows that the diet, low in carbohydrate consumption and high in fat, may be a good way to prevent disease and lose weight at the same time
The founding principle of a ketogenic (or keto) diet is that your own fat will be used as fuel for your body, instead of the glucose from protein or carbohydrates.
A typical keto diet is compromised of 20 percent protein, 75 percent of fat, and only 5 percent of carbohydrates, the intention being to prompt the body into ketosis to suppress blood glucose levels and insulin release.
Although the keto diet may initially seem extremely similar to the famous Atkins diet, it differs in one crucial way: Atkins requires an extremely high consumption of protein, and keto does not.
A leading cancer specialist in the U.S has remained on a ketogenic diet for roughly four years, and praised the results, saying the improvements he has witnessed in himself are remarkable.
The keto diet is successful in promoting weight loss because the body’s preferred fuel is glucose. Anytime carbohydrates are consumed, it is turned into glucose, which prompts the secretion of insulin in the pancreas. Thus, the body burns only carbohydrates and sugar instead of fat.
On a diet low in carbohydrates, like keto, the body will learn to burn fat as insulin levels decrease.
According to cancer specialists, cancer metabolizes sugar to help cancer cells flourish
Cancer cells can prosper off insulin and glucose, and the keto diet reduces both of these.
Cancer specialists encourage clinical studies into the effect of different diets on cancer patients, to see if there is a pronounced effect in cancer patients who reduce their insulin and glucose levels.
The risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease - associated with increased glucose levels, high cholesterol, and higher blood pressure - can also be reduced on a keto diet.