Home » Diet and Nutrition News & Advice » The Keto Diet: 16 Surprising Benefits and Challenges to Expect

The Keto Diet: 16 Surprising Benefits and Challenges to Expect

The ketogenic (keto) diet may seem like a relatively new concept in the world of weight loss, but this diet originated back in the 1920s. Back then, it wasn’t intended or designed for fat loss at all. The ketogenic diet was originally created as a nutritional guide for children with epilepsy. The diet was shown to have beneficial results for those suffering from seizures, and still does today. The popularity of the diet wore off as more modern medicines became available.

Flash-forward to current day and it’s gone from being a little-known method for weight loss, to something more wide-spread. It’s even been coined as “the next big weight loss trend.” But the diet can be confusing for many people because it requires you to eat more fat to lose fat. How does that work exactly?

Simply put, a classic diet of proteins, fats and carbs uses carbohydrates for energy. On the keto diet, the metabolic process changes when you intake low amounts of carbs and high amounts of fats. The body enters a state of “ketosis,” where it begins to use fat for energy. Once you begin eating a low-carb and high-fat diet, the liver begins using the body’s fatty acids (from all that fat intake) to make molecules called “ketones” which the body uses for fuel and has shown to be very powerful in reducing hunger, as well as increasing fat loss.

That’s the basics of the diet, but you’re about to also learn about some of the surprising benefits and challenges an individual may experience when starting this diet program, and here’s what you should expect while on the keto diet…

1. You Will Lose Weight, Fast

One of the most exciting parts of the keto diet is how rapid the weight loss results seem to be. While this is most certainly promising, keep in mind that at the beginning – this is merely a loss in water weight.

When eating high amounts of good fats, you should begin to feel less hungry and more full for longer periods of time. Overtime with the proper intake guided by the keto diet, your body will become more efficient in fat-burning which results in more long-term weight loss. It may seem like a dream come true to be eating all the fatty foods you typically avoid (yes, even some bacon and eggs), but you are still restricted to an intake that encourages weight loss. If done properly, you shouldn’t feel hungry, and you should see results very quickly.

Next »

We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat

  • 13 Healthy Foods to Avoid For Weight Loss!
    Losing weight can be a difficult struggle. Changing your lifestyle and eating habits is a challenging endever.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 11 Best Protein Power Foods For Weight Loss!
    Are you looking to lose weight the healthy way? So many people turn to crazy fad diets to shed the pounds.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Deciphering The 10 Most Common Types of Hunger
    Hunger, it often comes on suddenly and in ravenous proportions. However, aside from legitimate physical hunger, a reminder that your body requires vital nourishment, we often crave...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Health Benefits of a Mediterranean-Style Diet
    The European lifestyle is known to promote good health, and it seems like a good portion of Europeans having lean bodies that can make you green with envy.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 9 Diet Mistakes That May Be Slowing Your Weight Loss Efforts
    Trying to lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight, can be a guessing game. Oftentimes we find ourselves plateauing or gaining back weight for what seems like no reason, which can...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 12 Weight Loss Myths We Continue to Believe
    As long as society rewards and celebrates thinness, there will always be fad diets and weight loss strategies promising quick and amazing results.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Health and Wellness Trends to Watch For in 2016
    From hot yoga to cold-pressed juices, each year brings about a whole new crop of health and wellness trends that get people talking.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Diet Foods That Don't Help With Weight Loss
    Despite the fact that many foods are marked with "low fat" and "fat free" labels,  a large majority of so-called "diet" foods are actually filled with sodium, trans fats,...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • What is the Whole30 Diet?
    Diet fads seem to come and go quicker than the changing seasons and for every type of person, there seems to be a different diet or health regime to suit each unique style.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Reasons to Stop Stressing Over Food
    Our food choices are not only very personal to us, but many of us believe so strongly in how and what we eat that it can become a form of nutritional spirituality or religion.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Infographic: Putting 7 Popular Diets to the Test
    Have you ever wondered how the world's most popular fad diets stack up against one another as far as ease, effectiveness, and long-term sustainability?
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Simple Ways to Shed a Pound a Week
    It can seem very difficult to lose a single pound. However, when you step back and consider that we gain and lose weight based on a simple formula of calories in and calories out.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • A 7 Step Guide to Mastering Your Macros
    When anyone talks about getting in shape there are two words you seem to hear over and over again…diet and exercise.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Common Diet Traps
    Most diets are started with the best of intentions. Whether to lose weight, improve overall health, feel better or increase your self-esteem and energy.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The 8 Dangers of Waist Training
    If you follow celebrity news at all, you’ve likely caught sight of a certain Kim Kardashian selfie that’s getting buzz.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice