What is it?
The ketogenic diet, also known as the keto diet, is a low carb, high fat diet. It is also that thing you heard about and have been meaning to learn about, but never get around to it. The important thing is that you are here right now and ready to learn.
The keto diet causes your body to go into ketosis. Ketosis is the state that makes your body use fat for primary fuel instead of carbohydrates.
Why Should I Care?
The ketogenic diet has quite a few health benefits. When on this diet, ketones are produced from the low amount of carbs being consumed. Ketones, which are produced in the liver, will be the fuel for your body and more importantly, your brain.
Weight loss, lower blood sugar, lower insulin levels, and lower glucose levels are all results of the keto diet. These are also all good things if you are not familiar with some of the terminology.
The ketogenic diet helps lower the risks of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. It also helps people who are prediabetic and have type 2 diabetes.
Are There More Types Of Keto Diets?
There are more types of ketogenic diets. The one you are currently reading about is the standard version. Another that may interest you is the high protein keto diet. This is for those of you trying to target and get rid of a lot of fat. There is also the cyclical keto diet that is more for athletes. There are more, but I think I will go ahead and spare your brain from all of this info by getting back to the standard keto diet.
What Foods/Drinks Should I Avoid?
You should avoid things that invite you to the land of starch and sugar.
What Should I Eat/Drink?
- Vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, kale, cabbage, and cauliflower. If it grows above the ground, it is okay.
All of these things are low in carbs and are perfect for this diet.
What About Snacks?
- Peanut Butter
- Pork Rinds
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Zucchini Chips
- Seaweed Snacks
Remember, low carbs. Some of the snacks you find will seem keto friendly, but you have to make sure they fit the goal of the diet.
Can This Diet Do Any Harm?
There is a bad side to everything in the world and the keto diet is not excluded from that fact. First, this might be a hard diet to stick to for some people. This is common in multiple types of diets, but this one has its own reasons. You need to consider your lifestyle before and what you will need to do in order to maintain your new lifestyle as you move forward.
Next, you may face flu-like symptoms in the beginning. This experience you may go through is actually called keto flu because lots of people have gone through it.
Keto flu could make you feel tired, weak, and hungrier. You could also have trouble sleeping, decreased focus, and not so good of a workout at the gym.
If you have not already figured it out, a way to decrease some of these effects would be to ease into the diet. Try consuming less and less carbs before finally saying goodbye to them for the most part.
Keto diets have many health benefits. They are good for weight loss, diabetics, and reducing the risk for various types of diseases.
The bad outweighs the good by far and that alone is an amazing upside of a keto diet. Make sure to stay consistent on this journey to a better lifestyle.