Diving into a new diet without taking time to weigh its ups and downs is just one of many costly mistakes one can make when looking for a new diet. Knowing what to expect and just what kinds of benefits you may reap from a change in eating pace can make a world of difference when it comes to sticking to a new eating plan. Alternatively, maybe you’ve already started a keto diet and you aren’t sure if it’s worth sticking with your new meal plans.
Aside from losing weight, there are plenty of reasons to commit to ketogenic dieting. Natural health boosts, mood elevation, fulfilling life routines and more are just a small taste of what a low-carb diet can do for you. Here are a few of the most compelling reasons to stick with your diet!
1.You Get to Eat Real Food
This one comes with its ups and downs, but one of the nicest perks of keto is that you get to eat well-rounded, delicious meals. Carb-heavy takeout may be tasty, but it wreaks havoc on your body over time and lacks a certain something that you can find in home-cooked foods. It takes time and effort to reach a point where you may feel comfortable cooking for yourself and skipping out on what other diets essentially use as filler food, but the food you do get to eat sticks with you differently depending on what you eat.
You may have concerns over how long it’s safe to keep food around and there’s nothing wrong with wondering how long do cooked mushrooms last or if chicken thighs you’ve kept defrosted for a few days are still safe to eat. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with warning signs of food spoilage, brush up on your knife skills and get cooking!
2.Your Food Cravings Might Recede
Snacking throughout the day may be satisfying but it’s also not terribly good for you.
As your body becomes familiar with your eating habits, especially those that involve a lot of repeat feeding at random periods throughout the day, it’s easy to become accustomed to a Ketogenic Dieting plan that involves a lot of handfuls of food here and there to keep you going between meals.
Part of the blame falls on what we choose to eat. Sugary, snack-friendly foods may be tasty, but they also drive us to the point of craving them, which is a surefire way to wreck almost any diet.
3.High cholesterol? Balance it out!
Low-carb diets with a focus on eating fats and proteins, especially a solid keto diet, is a strong part of raising good cholesterol levels and increasing your body’s number of available HDLs, which are key in keeping your cholesterol levels properly maintained.
The key is simply eating more fats! Coincidentally, keto is very fat-friendly and promotes heart health in a very natural manner.
4.Weight Loss Has Many Health Benefits
Not every benefit you gain from keto comes in the form of a skinnier waistline, either. Some dieters have reported massive lifestyle changes in tune with their dietary shift that took them from dark places of self-defeat to leading happier, healthy lives by bolstering their lifestyle changes and healthy routines with a diet that properly compliments these shifts in life focus.
Remember that your diet is only one small part of the equation, but self-esteem and one’s image can make a massive difference in how motivated you feel to make other changes in your life that may seem less immediately tangible.
5.Your Energy Levels Might Shoot Up
Carbs are great for a short-term energy boost but eating complex sources of energy are the real way to keep your body moving over long periods of time.
Those trying keto for as little as 4 to 5 days have reported energy levels that are considered to be above and beyond what should be expected from those who subsist on a diet loaded with carbohydrates. To make a long story short, your body burns different energy sources at different rates and sugars are among the first to go.
6.Your Mind Will Reap the Benefits
Maybe not in a universal sort of way, but keto was originally designed to treat epilepsy and may have other long-term mental health benefits that have yet to be fully explored.
Early reports suggest keto may have a positive benefit on those at risk for neurodegenerative disorders as ketones boost the body’s neurological protections, but these long-term effects may take some time to be fully understood.
If you’re looking for a reason to hop to a keto diet or just aren’t sure if it might be right for you, there’s not much harm in shying away from bread and pasta for a few weeks to see how your body reacts. In the long run, you just might find yourself feeling happier, healthier and even more energetic as your waistline shrinks.
I’d like to thank Amanda Wilks for this post. You can find Amanda over at thekitchenadvisor.com blog. Head on over to check out more great articles like this one.