ARE THERE ANY REAL BENEFITS TO KETO?
WHY GO KETO?
There is a plethora of reasons to go keto. Below, we’ll dive in to everything you can gain from ketone supplements and keto diets. Understand how to train harder, burn fat faster and maintain consistent energy levels throughout the day.
1. TRAIN HARDER, TRAIN LONGER
One of the biggest reasons to go keto is it heightens your ability to train harder and train longer. Combining exogenous ketones like Stoke with exercise significantly strengthens your insulin sensitivity and glucose and lipid profiles. In addition to this it also improves your overall body composition. This is because when you have high insulin levels fat burns slowly and any excess fat is stored. On a keto diet, when insulin levels are low, your body uses this stored fat as energy giving you an explosive jolt to get you through those hard and strenuous workouts.
2. LOSE WEIGHT FASTER
When your body is in a state of ketosis, your blood sugar and insulin levels drop as stated above. In addition to supplying you with more energy to power through workouts, it also gives fat cells the ability to release water they’ve been retaining. This drop in water weight is why a lot of people see dramatic weight loss in their first few weeks of Keto diets and supplements.
3. ENERGY WHEN YOU NEED IT
Your body has a limited amount of storage that it can use on glycogen and because of this, it is in need of constant refueling to maintain energy levels. What many don’t realize is that your body already has an excess amount of fat and also the ability to store more fat which means that relying on it as a source of energy makes your body maintain much more consistent energy levels. By using fat as fuel you’ll find you have much more energy throughout the day and have to refuel much less than you would otherwise.
4. FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS
On our normal diet, we use carbs as our main source of energy, the problem with this is that our blood sugar levels are constantly rising and falling. This makes it harder for your brain to stay focused as its energy levels fluctuate with blood sugar. While in ketosis, your brain can rely up to 70% of its energy source on ketones. Ketones as mentioned above are a more consistent and predictable form of energy, so your brain has the ability to focus for longer periods of time. It is said that ketosis can ‘clear a cloudy mind’ and is often related to nootropics, which aim to optimize focus, strengthen memory creation and improve overall cognitive performance.
5. INCREASE HDL, LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
HDL is considered the good kind of cholesterol because it carries cholesterol to the liver where it is either reused or excreted. When on keto, your level of triglycerides decreases and levels of HDL increases. The higher ratio of triglycerides to HDL is an indicator to risk of heart disease and keto works to actively lower this ratio. In addition to increased HDL, there is also proven data that keto can help to lower blood pressure which can lower risk for several health problems.