With increasing exposure of the ketogenic diet online and in social media, many people are becoming aware of it as a progressive method of reaching their health goals.
Before you launch into the diet however, it is important to understand certain components of it and how they can be useful to you on your journey. One of those components is exogenous ketones and here’s why they may be right for you.
1) Improve Your Pre Workout
Ketones are an alternative source of energy to glucose, generated by the liver and which the body can use as a fuel source. While the liver makes these naturally from breaking down fat, you can also obtain them through a supplement, as exogenous ketones, such as BHB.
When you take exogenous ketones, the body is getting a mega dose of fuel that it knows how to use and how to process. This allows the fuel to be used by the muscles more efficiently and yield greater endurance of performance. Furthermore, exogenous ketones convert to more energy than carbohydrates and protein. If you find yourself lagging in energy before you get started on your workout, exogenous ketones could be the perfect solution.
2) Reduce Hunger
If you are considering adopting the ketogenic diet to aid in fat loss and help you reach your weight loss goals, more than to aid in sport performance, there is benefit to consuming exogenous ketones for these purposes as well. Because ketones are a more efficient fuel source than carbohydrates and fat, they aid in satiation, contributing to you feeling energized and satisfied for a longer period of time between meals. This means you are not as hungry as often and can go longer without eating. Overall, this allows a lower caloric intake and helps you lose weight.
When you combine exogenous ketones with cinnamon, as we have uniquely done in our products, you have the dual benefit of improving satiety and helping to regulate blood glucose. Cinnamon has been shown to help mediate blood sugar spikes, which inevitably have a crash afterwards, sending you crashing straight into the cookie jar!
3) Improve Mental Cognition
One of the biggest benefits touted by the ketogenic diet is the ability for it to improve your mental clarity and cognition. The brain is typically dependent on glucose as its primary energy source, but in the presence of BHB and MCT, such as you receive from exogenous ketones, can readily use these for fuel.
When the brain is sufficiently adapted to run on ketones for energy, it is more efficiently fuelling mitochondria (your energy power houses!), and these are present in every cell – including your brain. With better fuelled brain cells, your brain operates more efficiently and you have improved cognition as a result, including better focus, more mental clarity and decreased incidences of brain fog.
While most people will see a change in their mental function, energy, and hunger status from consuming exogenous ketones, they can be especially useful for those trying to lose weight, or individuals who are trying to maximize their physical performance, while maintaining caloric intake within the threshold of their rigid training regime. If you would like to learn more, visit our site to sign up for our newsletter, or to try the products for yourself.