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Is the Keto Diet Good For Sleep?

This Is How the Keto Diet Impacts Your Sleep

More popular than Lady Gaga's Oscar dress, the Keto diet has risen to fame in recent times. If you're considering it, you're already on it, or know someone recommending it, read this first.

What Exactly Is the Keto Diet?

The keto diet, which researchers clinically define as high fat, moderate protein and very low carb eating, forces the body to go into a state of catabolism — where the body breaks down its own fat stores for energy.

How Does the Keto Diet Impact Weight Loss?

Expect rapid weight loss of around two to five kilos when your body switches from its regular metabolic state to Ketosis in the first two weeks of this diet, which is often accompanied by a distinct and frequent gas (sorry kids). This initial period lasts a few weeks, and is largely explained by water-weight loss, then followed by fat loss. Fortunately, research has highlighted the diet's capacity to preserve lean muscle mass, compared with low-fat diets. Translated, you're more likely to maintain a higher metabolic rate, which in turn, keeps your fat burning even when you are sleeping.

How Does the Keto Diet Impact Sleep?

Based upon the recommendations of the Keto diet (high fat, moderate protein, low carb) it's going to foster great sleep. A recent study of over 1,200 individuals pinpoints healthy fats are pivotal in calming your sympathetic nervous system, which is activated under stress. Further, consuming adequate amounts of protein allows you to obtain the amino acid tryptophan, necessary to create melatonin, the hormone that makes you sleepy.

How Does the Keto Diet Impact Anxiety?

Given the interrelationship between sleep and emotions, any mechanism which improves sleep also reduces stress and anxiety. Further, as pinpointed in the International Journal of Endocrinology, sugar triggers a surge of mental and physical energy, which can be experienced as anxiety. So, if anxiety and stress is burdening you, the Keto diet, with its anti-sugar advocacy, should be on your radar.

How Does the Keto Diet Impact Energy?

After the initial decline in energy due to a lack of available sugar in the first few days, you'll be feeling invincible, provided you are mindful to consume vitamin rich foods such as raw veggies (extra points if they are green!) and high-quality poultry, such as organic grass-fed meats and sustainably caught fish.

Focus your attention on attaining as much nutrient bang for your buck in every meal and be guided by Keto principles. Skip the grains, steer clear of anything artificial and if it can't grow in your Grandma's garden, it's not for you. Eat the rainbow, including the fish which swim in the pond at the end, and you'll find yourself feeling — and looking — your absolute best

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