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Top 3 Benefits of the Keto Diet | Enhance Your Body & Brain

Sustained Weight Loss

Study – Keto & RMR

A study published (Feb, 2018) in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism looked to see keto’s effect on permanent weight loss via its effects on RMR

What they found was that despite the patients’ large weight loss, that weight loss didn’t affect the patients’ RMRs in any significant way – there was no significant differences in their basal RMR and no metabolic adaptations occurred

Researchers concluded that the absent reduction in RMR was not due to increased sympathetic tone, as thyroid hormones, catecholamines, and leptin were reduced at any visit from baseline (2)

Reduced Cravings

Cholecystokinin (CCK)

Study

Normally, you secrete less CCK as you lose weight, so on a traditional diet you’ll lose weight but still crave unhealthy foods (less satiety after a meal)

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who were injected with CCK stopped eating their meals sooner than those without it

This same study also looked at the effect of weight loss and ketosis on postprandial cholecystokinin concentrations

The study showed that after 8 weeks of weight loss there were significant reductions in CCK, which was to be expected, but just one week of being in a ketogenic state returned CCK to baseline (pre-weight loss) levels

Ghrelin

Study

A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at hormonal alterations associated with weight loss induced by a ketogenic diet

The study included 39 non-diabetic overweight or obese subjects who completed an 8-week keto diet, followed by 2 weeks of reintroduction of foods

Findings:

There was an increase in ketones, which was to be expected, but the rise in ketones was accompanied with a suppression of the increase in ghrelin that’s normally seen with weight loss (ketones increased, ghrelin was suppressed)

Mental Acuity

Brain Mitochondria

A study published in the journal Molecular Brain Research found enhanced expression of genes encoding for mitochondrial enzymes and energy metabolism in the hippocampus, a part of the brain important for learning and memory

In other words, keto increases the number of mitochondria in brain cells (more energy)

GABA & Glutamate

A study published in the journal Trends in Neuroscience in hippocampal neurons showed that ketones directly inhibited the neuron’s ability to “load up” on glutamate – creates a better balance between GABA & Glutamate

Ketosis & Hypothalamic Neuropeptides

A study published in the American Journal of Physiology found that mice put on a keto diet not only rapidly lost weight, but the expression of several neuropeptides increased as well

Hypothalamic neuropeptides are great at hypothalamic stimulation and ketones can cross the blood-brain barrier, and signal these neuropeptides

References

1) Resting metabolic rate of obese patients under very low calorie ketogenic diet. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5816424/
2) Very-low-carbohydrate diets and preservation of muscle mass. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1373635/#B6
3) Effect of weight loss and ketosis on postprandial cholecystokinin and free fatty acid concentrations. – PubMed – NCBI. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18469245?dopt=Abstract&holding=npg
4) Ketosis and appetite-mediating nutrients and hormones after weight loss. – PubMed – NCBI. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23632752
5) Effect of beta-hydroxybutyrate on whole-body leucine kinetics and fractional mixed skeletal muscle protein synthesis in humans. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC303494/
6) physiology.org | Error. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/ajpendo.00717.2006
7) The Role of Hypothalamic Neuropeptides in Neurogenesis and Neuritogenesis. (2016, January 13). Retrieved from https://www.hindawi.com/journals/np/2016/3276383/
8) Fan, S. (2013, October 1). The fat-fueled brain: unnatural or advantageous? Retrieved from https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind-guest-blog/the-fat-fueled-brain-unnatural-or-advantageous/
10) Your Brain on Ketones. (2011, April 18). Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201104/your-brain-ketones
11) Noh HS , et al. (n.d.). A cDNA microarray analysis of gene expression profiles in rat hippocampus following a ketogenic diet. – PubMed – NCBI. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15469884
12) Lutas A and Yellen G. (n.d.). The ketogenic diet: metabolic influences on brain excitability and epilepsy. – PubMed – NCBI. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23228828
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  2. Low-key I'm so darn hungry right now, the shots of food are driving me absolutely insane, this might be an old vid but I'm seriously trying to educate myself as a beginner. I lost a ton of weight on the keto diet dropping from 260 to about 190-195. I want to go even lower but now I need to incorporate working out and that's what I lack a major understanding in. Just an average guy trying to learn ????.

  3. The information is put together so well! Great content and great presentation. Thank you for the science backed arguments you provide!

  4. I need to get back on keto, the last time I was on keto I lost more than 30 pounds in less than 3 months, but after a tragic event, I went back to my old eating habits and gained over 40 pounds! I'm planning to do keto again! Once I achieve my weight goal, I think I will maintain it by moderating carbs, and eat more protein and fat.

  5. Will the BMR still be elevated even with the usage of Ketodiet-OMAD ? At least it feels like it for me. I lost almost 24 kg (105kg -> 81,5kg ) with the ketodiet ( with the usage of intermittent fasting 16/8 -> 20/4 -> 23/1 (OMAD)) over the course of 22 weeks with lots of heavy lifting, split training and lately Fullbody workouts with the focus on time under tension. But another question, is it possible to keto-bulk on OMAD or 20/4? Or how would i need to structure my ketobulk if i want to include intermittent fasting?

  6. Thomas can you do a video on what happens when you do keto half ass? (Seriously) are u better off not doing no carbs and doing IF? Basically can u explain what happens if u eat a keto diet but not everyday? Hopefully that makes sense

  7. Great info. We have documented our progress on our channel and it just keeps getting better and better.

  8. Seriously like what tf more can you ask for lol the keto diet is far more intricate than most think it doesn't just stop at weight loss. So glad i gave this shit a shot a few months ago. The keto diet mixed with a healthier lifestyle , its a powerful thing.

  9. After connecting with your videos and studies, I understood a long time ago that the Keto way is not just a fad diet but a natural way of health realignment to a healthy life. My friends confuse the word diet with loosing weight, but it is an eating habit. You know this but I just wanted to put it out there for others to stop, think and reconsider the outcome. Your down to earth explinations make the average person understand and that is a very good thing. Thomas you're doing a fantastic job.

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