The Keto Diet for Women
About the Author:
Max Quigley started writing professionally in 2006. He has worked on newspapers and magazines such as “The Liberty,” “Chrome,” The Kippure and “Ausblick.” He has worked as a section editor, copy editor, reporter and feature writer. In 2010 Quigley graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and German.
The Keto Diet, or Ketogenic Diet, can be undertaken by both men and women. This diet relies on a high intake of protein and fat such as meat, seafood, olive oil, eggs and small amounts of vegetables. Women can experience a number of health benefits with this diet including hormonal balance, weight loss and even an anti-aging effect. You should consult your doctor before undertaking this diet as it can be nutritionally restrictive. A multivitamin and mineral should be taken to supplement the Ketogenic Diet.
The Ketogenic Diet involves eating fats and proteins while eliminating virtually all carbohydrates. The only permitted carbohydrates are vegetables, such as leafy green salads, and overall your carbohydrate intake must be kept below 50 g per day. Once your body is deprived of carbohydrates, it goes into a state known as ketosis in which both dietary and excess body fat is converted into ketones in the liver and used to fuel your brain and muscles. This diet forces your body to fuel itself through fat, not sugar, and carries with it a number of health benefits for women.
The high-fat Ketogenic diet has many benefits. According to a study published by the National Institute of Health, women placed on a high fat diet had higher levels of estradiol, dehydroepiandrosterone and testosterone than women placed on a low fat diet. These hormones are vital for female health. Estradiol regulates growth hormone for tissue and reproductive organs, dehydroepiandrosterone is important for reproductive health and memory and acts as an anti-depressant and testosterone helps to strengthen bones and muscles and improves sex drive.