How to Combat Heart Disease and Diabetes? Go Keto, says New Study
By: Julie Hand
A new study indicates that when it comes to weight loss and regulating metabolic syndrome diseases like diabetes, a keto diet without exercise is more beneficial than the standard American diet (i.e., “standard American eating habits”) — with or without exercise.
Keto diet sans exercise outperforms standard American diet with exercise
The study included 30 adults previously diagnosed with metabolic syndrome (MetS), a group of risk factors (like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat) that put you at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Researchers put the adults in one of three groups: a sustained ketogenic diet with no exercise, a standard American diet (SAD) with no exercise, or a SAD with 3-5 days of exercise per week at 30 minutes a pop. Over 10 weeks, the results revealed significant changes for the keto group — particularly, as related to weight, body fat percentage, body mass index, HgA1c (a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months) and ketones. In fact, all of these variables for the keto group out-performed the other two groups. The verdict is in – a keto diet without exercise is more potent than the standard American diet with exercise when it comes to weight loss and curbing diseases.
Ketosis helps you lose weight
Ketosis occurs when your body switches to burning fat instead of sugar or carbs for energy. That’s why the keto diet is low in carbs, moderate in protein, and high in fat. (Read more about the keto diet here.) For someone who can stand to shed extra pounds, keto is a great long-term dietary strategy.
Ketosis reverses metabolic syndrome pathologies
The study shows that for someone with MetS, the body can’t convert glucose to fat in response to insulin in the way that it should. However, if glucose is regulated and insulin sensitivity is restored to homeostasis through dietary ketosis, the adverse pathologies reverse. A keto diet also leads to a reduction in fasting triglycerides, BMI, body fat mass, and weight, while HgA1c (the indicator for diabetes) normalizes. In related news, another recent study found that weight loss in and of itself, without the use of medication, reversed diabetes. After today, you may choose to up your weight loss regimen with Bulletproof’s cyclical ketogenic diet.
Ketosis is a hot-button topic
Despite the promising findings surrounding the health benefits of a ketogenic diet, keto is still ruffling the feathers of a few dieticians who believe that ketosis is not a “normal” human state. You might want to ask your hunter-gatherer ancestors what they thought about that… In fact, research demonstrates that nearly 9 out of 10 hunter-gatherer groups’ diets consumed less than a third of calories from carbohydrates. It is important to note that full ketosis does tell the body that you’re in starvation mode, which is why a cyclical diet that includes some carbs can keep your body happy — and this may be especially true for women.
Ketosis is more about diet than exercise
The key to keto is eating healthy fats while cutting out the mainstay of carbs SAD recommends. This leads to a reduction in blood sugar swings that have you chasing that loaf of bread. Read more about how ketosis works by suppressing your appetite. What’s more, while exercise may be a pillar of a healthy lifestyle – this study demonstrates it’s not a necessity to help you dip into ketosis.
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