'Keto' stands for 'Ketogenic' and the aim of the ketogenic diet is to send your body into a state of ketosis by consuming a very strict low-carb diet. Normally our bodies use the glucose from carbohydrate foods for energy but in the absence of glucose, a process called ketosis starts. Instead of burning carbohydrates as the body's main fuel source, the body turns to burning fat and when we don't consume carbohydrates, the liver breaks down fat stores in order to produce energy.
The result? You can lose weight and also control your blood sugars!
Don't just want to take my word for it? Here’s what a meta-analysis of thirteen randomized controlled trials published in the British Journal of Nutrition concluded:
“Individuals assigned to a VLCKD [very low carbohydrate ketogenic diet] achieve a greater weight loss than those assigned to an LFD [low-fat diet] in the long term; hence, a VLCKD may be an alternative tool against obesity.”
That’s right ... Those who followed a keto diet lost more fat while eating tasty foods like bacon, scrambled eggs, BBQ wings, and ribs!
1. Where do I start?!
Before starting a keto diet it is a good idea to start introducing more liver-supportive foods such as garlic and onions and try to reduce your sugar, alcohol and caffeine intake.
2. What can I eat?!
A ketogenic diet typically limits carbs to 20 to 50 grams per day. While this may seem challenging, many nutritious foods can easily fit into this way of eating.
Low carb foods should be a plenty such as ...
3. What foods should I avoid?
High carb foods should be avoided such as...
4. Water intake - stay hydrated!
It is recommended to ensure you are drinking 2-3 litres water per day. This can aid weight loss, reduce fatigue, improve energy, aid digestion and contribute towards a better mood and healthier skin.
Are there other benefits that don't just include weight loss?
Many people report:
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Please remember that before starting any new diet, always ensure you consult your doctor first.
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