A ketogenic diet is characterized by being low-carb. When you ingest something that contains a high amount of carbohydrates, your body produces glucose and insulin. Since the glucose produced is used as the primary source of energy, the fats are stored away. When you transition to a low-carb diet, your body is induced into a state known as ketosis.
According to experts, reducing your carbohydrate intake can result in a 5 time increase in fertility success. What are some of the health effects you’ll experience upon beginning a low-carb diet?
Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet
1. Weight Loss
Obesity can affect a woman’s hormone production, causing problems with ovulation thus, preventing pregnancy. Since a ketogenic diet uses your stores of body fat as an energy source, your body burns up more fat causing you to lose weight.
2. Blood Sugar
A ketogenic diet will naturally lower your blood sugar because of the foods you are eating. Consuming an overabundance of sugar-filled foods can cause your body to overproduce insulin. A resistance to insulin has been shown to disrupt normal ovulation making it difficult to conceive.
The ketogenic diet has been used to treat epilepsy successfully since the early 1900’s. It is a good option for children who haven’t responded well to other treatments. Today, it is still one of the most widely used methods of treating children with uncontrolled epilepsy. This diet allows the use of fewer medications while still offering control over the condition.
Many doctors recommend that the diet not be sustained for long periods of time. There is some disagreement among experts over whether muscle can be lost while in ketosis however, all agree that a ketogenic diet should only be tried under clinical supervision.
While not the only factor, diet can certainly have an effect on your ability to conceive. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating low-carb, nutrient-rich foods, are just a few of the ways to increase your chances of conceiving.
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