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Ketogenic diets are, in fact, closely related to the Paleolithic diet. Both exclude carbohydrates and aim at eating real food. Today carbohydrates make up the majority of our diet and have significant implications for our health including hormone balance.
This is probably the most commonly asked question, as many people are concerned about the real effects of ketosis. Does ketosis work? There are three main effects of low-carb diets which I have covered.
Insulin is one of the most important hormones. It is secreted by the pancreas and is what ketogenic diets mostly focus on, as it affects body fat and metabolism of carbohydrates. It is effectively a storage hormone, responsible for moving nutrients out of the blood stream and into target tissues. Its other job is to regulate your blood sugar level.
It's a common misconception that you can eat an unlimited amount of calories and still lose weight. Although this doesn't happen often, you can put on weight even on a low-carb diet. Low-carb ketogenic diets have natural appetite suppressing effects This is why you'll eat less and won't need to count calories which is one of the main effects of the ketogenic diet.
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