The ketogenic diet is exploding in popularity in the wellness world, and for good reason. This diet focuses on a high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carb mix of macronutrients to heal a variety of health problems including rebalancing out-of-control blood sugar—so much so, that in my functional medicine clinic, this is my gold standard for anyone looking to bring healing to their blood sugar problems.
Through transitioning your body from a sugar-burner to a fat-burner, you are no longer relying on glucose for energy and instead gain your energy from ketones, the by-products of fat burning. This is not only a more sustainable form of fuel for your body since you are no longer relying on glucose from high-fructose fruits, grains, and sugar, but this will also help bring your blood sugar levels back down to normal levels.
Multiple studies show the ketogenic diet’s ability to lower insulin levels, reduce inflammation, and improve insulin receptor site sensitivity, which helps the body function the way it is designed. Research has even shown that symptoms of type 2 diabetes can be reversed after just 10 weeks on a ketogenic diet!
A ketogenic diet can be done alongside whatever diet you are currently doing since all you have to do is calculate your ratios and meal plan around the foods you are already eliminating and are allowed to eat. Even those who would like to avoid meat and dairy can still do a ketogenic diet doing a plant-based version of it.