The ketogenic diet (aka keto diet) is a low-carb, high-fat diet that has many health benefits.
It is a diet that causes the body to release ketones into the bloodstream.
This diet forces the body to burn fats rather than Carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into Glucose which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fueling brain function. However, if there is a little carbohydrate in the diet, and only fat is available for the body to burn, the liver converts the fats into fatty acids, and then into compounds called ketones, which can be taken up and used to fuel the body’s cells. A keto diet forces the body into a state called ketosis, meaning that the body’s cells depend largely on ketones for energy. Ketosis is a natural state for the body when it is almost completely fueled by fat.
How to do the keto diet ..?
eat a diet low in carbohydrates, and high in fats,
Sounds simple huh?
Now, what exactly are the foods that are low in carbohydrate and high in fats?
Meat – Unprocessed meats are low carb and keto-friendly, and organic and grass-fed meat is much better. Note that processed meats, like sausages, cold cuts, and hot dogs contain added carbs.
Egg – any kinds: Boiled, fried, scrambled, omelets, Preferably organic eggs.
Seafood – All kinds of Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines. shellfish.
Vegetable – leafy and green vegetable like cauliflower, cabbage, avocado, broccoli, and zucchini. all that is growing above . avoid root crops and starchy veggies like potato carrots etc.
High-fat dairy food – butter, cheese, and heavy cream. but avoid milk and low-fat dairy foods.
Fruits – Most Fruit is high in sugar and carbs, choose lower-sugar fruits like Avocado, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
Drinks – Water, black coffee (no sugar), Tea (no sugar). avoid fruit juices and soda.
Keto diet is said to be very effective for weight loss. and it is also said to have a lot more health benefits.
however, not all diet is suitable for everyone, especially since everyone has different lifestyles, body types, metabolism, and genes. It is still best to consult your doctor before starting any diet.
By : Mary Ann Bonete