Mounting research suggests nutritional ketosis can be effective in combating a long list of health issues, including obesity, by shifting away from carbohydrates to fat-burning.
As ketogenic diets require 50 to 70 percent of your calories come from beneficial fats, your body learns to burn fat for energy. During this state, the body produces ketones, made from fats processed in the liver.
Health Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet
First, ketogenic diets can aid in weight loss, as our bodies gradually relearn to use fat as a primary fuel, producing ketones from stored body fat.
Second, ketogenic diets may be effective in combating cancer, as cancer cells rely on sugar for tumor growth; cancer cells cannot metabolically shift to use fat. At least one researcher hypothesizes that ketone bodies stop cancers by changing the availability of energy processes.