You have to be living under a rock to have not heard the hottest diet craze happening right now and that is the Keto Diet. All the celebrities and fitness influencers are raving about how much weight they lost and how much healthier they feel following this diet, but what exactly is Keto? Don’t worry, we’ve got you. In this article we will break down what exactly is a Keto Diet in a beginner friendly way.
In short, the Keto diet, short for Ketosis, is a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet. It was popularized for its positive effects on a wide range of health conditions, including weight loss, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, low blood sugar, etc. This diet aims to put your body into Ketosis, which is a highly desirable metabolic state where your body uses stored fat for energy instead of using dietary carbs. On this diet, a person gets 70% of their calories from fat, 15% from protein and 5% of their calories from carbohydrates.
On a non keto diet, your body will break down carbs from your food and turn it into glucose which it then uses for energy. On a keto diet, you restrict this carb intake to the point where you run out of glucose. This will then trigger your body to create molecules called ketones from stored fat. Your body is now using your fat stores causing you to lose weight.
So what foods can you have on a Keto Diet?
- Berries and fruits
- Resistant Starch Legumes
- Meat & Poultry
- Nuts and Plant Fats
- Eggs & Seafood
- Green and Non Green Vegetables
There is a wide array of food that can be eaten on a keto diet, although the focus is consuming food that is high in protein and fat with a minimal intake of carbs.
Although a Keto diet allows for a broad range of food, it’s also important to note the risks. People have reported having digestive issues, muscle mass loss, gut bacteria etc. It’s important to research these risks before starting this new diet.
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