STATES CHRONICLE – If you are willing to lose weight, you might want to revise your choice of diet. A recent study suggests a ketogenic diet might be perfect both for getting into shape, as well as for improving one’s lifespan and physical condition. But what does this diet consist of? You should opt for foods low in proteins and carbohydrates, but rich in fat.
Mice scored better on a high fat/low carbs diet
To test their hypothesis, researchers performed tests on mice. They split the animals in two groups. One group was fed a high fat diet, while the other one received a high carbs diet. Then, they saw how the average life expectancy for mice increased by 13 percent for those on a high fat diet.
However, this was the only important finding. Apart from living longer, these mice improved their health condition and their quality of life, and these improvements lasted throughout their lives. If we were to transpose these results for humans, we would get between 7 and 10 extra years.
The diet improves one’s condition without major changes
A diet high in fat and low in carbs seems to bring a lot of benefits. Researchers discovered it might improve memory, help people gather more strength, and refine their coordination skills. Also, as people get older, instead of increasing their inflammation markers, this diet helps them keep them at a low level.
A high fat and low carbs consumption increases the levels of beta-hydroxybutyrate acid (BHB). This substance contributes to memory improvement and to a longer lifespan. Therefore, a ketogenic diet is good for health without causing major changes in a person’s body.
“This study indicates that a ketogenic diet can have a major impact on life and health span without major weight loss or restriction of intake.”
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