Today, I am going to detail three groups that could experience greater health through a low carb diet. If you decide to go this route make sure you do so with the blessing of your primary doctor.
If You Need to Lose Weight
Let’s begin with the subset group that brings many to try a low carb ketogenic diet, the overweight and obese. Why are they drawn to this plan? Because it brings results and quickly, especially compared to a low fat diet. There are now plenty of studies to point that indeed it is a great approach to lose weight. In addition a ketogenic diet helps maintain lean muscle mass.
This was the experience of my husband, Randy. I saw him struggle with his weight for years. He finally beat the battle of obesity through a low carb plan. Prior to trying low carb, he tried different low fat diets which in the end just made matters worse. The ability to lose weight quickly was a great motivator for him. Knowing he could include many of his favorite foods also made the journey easier.
If Your Blood Sugar is Imbalanced
Why should we care about controlling our blood sugar? For one, it prevents chronic diseases. Starting with the obvious diabetes, but also heart disease, cancer, and chronic inflammation. New promising studies are even using a ketogenic diet to prevent Alzheimer’s.
When your blood sugar is constantly in an elevated state, you’re at are at a higher risk for serious diseases, and you’re more likely to die earlier from them as well. Bringing down that sugar level is key in reactive hypoglycemia, a condition where blood sugar drops too low. Those with adrenal issues tend to suffer the most from this.
What happens with those who have hypoglycemia is that a meal too high in carbohydrates causes blood sugar to rises rapidly, leading to a release of insulin. The spike of insulin causes a subsequent drop in blood sugar, and the drop can happen quickly to extreme low levels, resulting in hypoglycemic symptoms. Staying on a low carb plan will cause your sugar levels to stable rather than dipping to low or spiking too high.
The diabetic can find that eating a low carb ketogenic diet can assist them in lowering their blood sugar and maintain more stable numbers. By reducing their sugar and empty carbohydrates they not only experience better glucose numbers , but reduce any excess weight that aggravates their condition.
By the time my husband went on a low carb plan he had been a diabetic for over 15 years. Over the years his doctor had prescribed several different medications with the intent to try to lower his glucose levels, but nothing worked long-term. When he quickly began to lose weight it was his doctor who encouraged him to keep going.
His quickly weaned him off his diabetic medications when he saw his HgbA1c levels become normal. We recommend that you work closely with your doctor when trying to regulate your sugar on a low carb plan. Only your doctor will be able to determine what is best for you.
If You Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
There has been a large increase of PCOS in young women, with numbers as high as 15%-20% of the women population being affected. PCOS disturbs the ovulation and menstrual function in women, and can also cause an androgen excess. Many of these changes are the cause of amenorrhea, acne, hirsutism (male-pattern body hair), weight gain, dandruff, thinning hair, mood swings and even infertility.
Women with PCOS are encouraged to limit refined carbohydrates and sugars. The reduction of carbohydrates can help improve body composition, increase fat loss, help repair insulin sensitivity, and promote menstrual regularity.
What studies show is that by eating a low carb ketogenic diet women with PCOS reduced their testosterone levels, and their fasting insulin. They also experienced a decrease in glucose, HgbA1c, triglyceride.
Like stated earlier, if you choose to go on a low carb ketogenic diet for greater health make sure you consult your doctor to work closely on a plan that works for you.
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