Keto Diet Boosts Metabolism More Than the Standard Diet
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Many people who follow the keto diet are impressed with the results--losing weight quickly and keeping it off. In favor of that, scientists found that the keto diet might burn even 10 times more fat compared to standard American diet.
For the purpose of the study were taken 30 adults diagnosed with metabolic syndrome--a group of health conditions that increase the risk of stroke, developing heart disease, and diabetes.
The participants were then randomly put in three groups: those that were on ketogenic diet without exercising, second group on a standard American diet and didn’t exercise, and a third group that ate a standard American diet and exercised for half an hour, five days a week.
In 10 weeks, the first group had “significant” changes in their body fat, BMI, weight, hemoglobin A1c (a test that measures a blood sugar), and ketones (the result of body burning fat for energy).
As the researchers wrote in the study, once they reached dietary ketosis, their resting metabolic rate, which is the rate that your body burns energy when you’re not doing anything, was more than 10 times that of people who ate a standard diet. “All variables for the ketogenic group out-performed those of the exercise and non-exercise groups.”
The philosophy around keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb way of dieting, which encourages followers to get a moderate amount of protein. Carbohydrates are mostly replaced with fats, and that shifts the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis.
The keto diet generally doesn’t encourage use of sugar, processed foods, grains and gluten, low-fat foods, vegetable oils, and high-carb fruit. Instead, followers are recommended to eat non-starchy vegetables, fish, lean meats, full-fat dairy, nuts and seeds.
It’s important to point out that presented results were based on relatively small sample and was focused on people with a health condition, excluding healthy people. Sticking to such a diet for a longer period can be quite hard, and is not recommended for everyone.