Say goodbye to carbs for good. Well, that is, if you want to follow the Ketogenic diet. But don’t worry, you won’t have to cut carbs completely, only significantly.
Carbs have earned a special place in our hearts–and meals–but cutting them might help us lose some undesired weight and burn that dreaded body fat; otherwise, we couldn’t explain why the Keto diet has remained so popular for so long.
The basics of the Keto diet, or Keto 101 if you will, focus around three principles. Of course, these may vary with different versions that have evolved from the diet. Yet, in its core, the Keto regime is all about low-carb, moderate protein, and high-fat intakes. A drastic reduction of carbs intake, and its substitution for fat, leads the body to a metabolic state knows as ketosis. In Ketosis, the body resorts to fat as fuel with the production of Ketones.
There is scientific evidence that supports the idea that, switching from carbs to fat as source of fuel for the body allows for more fat to be burned over shorter periods of time, permitting for weight loss to occur.
Of course, as with anything that involves our well-being, there are some risks associated with this nutritional plan if taking it to an extreme or if certain health conditions exist. You should always consult your doctor before experimenting with new dietary practices. Having said this, the Keto diet has also many identified health benefits that could potentially improve individuals’ lifestyles. For one, this regime is used with patients suffering from epilepsia , cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. Moreover, Ketosis is also believed to improve the metabolism, decrease blood pressure, and even reduce hunger. For more on the basics of Keto, refer to this article.
By now, I’m pretty sure you are tempted to try this diet. Even if it is only to prove you can divorce yourself from carbs for some (might be short) period of time. But carbs are so ubiquitous in our daily meals, that you end up thinking: “What can I eat, then?”
To help you sort this out, here’s a list of Keto friendly foods that will make your transition into Ketosis easier.
Meats: Like chicken, beef, turkey, and pork. Animal protein is fair game, but keep in mind quality is always important. Choose organic, grass-fed meats over lower quality ones.
Eggs: which are another important source of protein.
Seeds and nuts: Like macadamia nuts, sesame seeds, almonds, and pecans that are rich in fats and very low on carbs.
Low-carb veggies: that are high in minerals and fiber. Avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and yams; instead, go for mushrooms, broccoli, or arugula.
And for the sweet tooth, there are Keto friendly snacks that will keep sugar cravings away:
Dark chocolate: just make sure it is natural and the real deal. The more cacao it contains, the better.
Powerful Bites: Yes, they are Keto friendly. Because they have 3 grams of net carbs only, 5 grams of protein per serving, no added sugars, and are made with healthy fats like peanut butter and coconut oil. Indulgence only Powerful knows how to deliver to curb your sweet tooth without cheating on your Keto diet.
Find a more extensive list of foods, to keep your meals interesting here.
Now,go give the Keto Diet a try, and let us know how it goes. And if you choose not to do it just yet, that is fine too! Just remember, whatever nutritional plan you are in, whatever diet you follow, what is most important is the quality of the food you put into your body.