Low Carb Diet May Reverse Metabolic Syndrome Independent Of Weight Loss
The ketogenic diet (KD) is one of the most popular diets in the world today. There are many benefits associated with it, but the main reason why its popularity continues to grow is because of its ability to help people lose weight. However, there have been studies done which show that if someone follows a KD long term, they will not only lose weight, but their risk of developing various types of diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease increases significantly.
How this diet works is that it sends the body into a state of “ketosis” by prohibiting the intake of carbohydrates to a very low level. Normally the body gets its energy by processing carbs for fuel, but by restricting this fuel source it is forced to turn to burning fat stores instead. This property is what makes it so effective for weight loss, but also why there are some potential long-term risks.
While the human body is capable of processing this alternate fuel source, ketosis, it is not efficient for the body to do so. This means the body starts to waste away and fat stores begin to disappear. This is why people (especially celebrities) claim to lose so much weight on this diet, which leads people to jump on the bandwagon.
But, as many experience, it is very difficult to stick with a diet that consists mainly of eating fat and protein with no carbohydrates at all. Over time, people tend to get sick of it and ultimately fail at their diet.
However, one man has discovered what it takes to stick with the diet and reach his weight loss goals. A computer programmer by the name of John Hunter has managed to lose about 70 pounds by sticking to a very low carbohydrate diet, and has kept it off for several years.
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