A lot of us, at one time or another, have been interested in dieting and finding the best diet plan for us. The problem is that sometimes it’s hard to know whether what you’ve found is right for your or not! Well the ketogenic (keto for short) diet is the one for you. So, what is a keto diet, what is it all about? Simply put, the keto diet involves a mixture of high fat and low carb foods. Keto is short for ketosis, which is a metabolic state occurring when the bodies energy mostly comes from ketone bodies as opposed to glucose. Ketosis is only able to occur if the fat brings most of the daily calorie needs.
The true core of such a diet and the foods that accompany it is that you’re very much limiting most or all foods with sugar and starch. That’s the main thing you’re having to do and look out for. And there are some great benefits to following such a diet (including getting to eat some good food still; we’ll get to that further in the article). All of the benefits are based on years of research and personal experiences all across the board. Such as weight loss, perhaps one of the key reasons to be interested in this diet! Generally, the weight loss is fast and you’ll lose a substantial amount of weight, especially if you start this diet while being obese or overweight.
In comparison to a low-fat diet, a keto diet has been shown to help people achieve a better body weight over the long haul and help control cardiovascular risk factors. It brings more benefits than a typical nonfat diet. But weight loss/management isn’t where the benefits of such a diet begin and end, far from it. Blood sugar levels also benefit from the keto diet, showing that they’re much more easily controlled and maintained. Keto diets have been shown to improve blood pressure, insulin secretion. There has also been shown proof that heart disease risk drops with keto dieting, such as combating high cholesterol and triglycerides. And keto diets have been shown to protect against cancer as well, particularly by starving cancer cells thus preventing tumor growth. The Keto diet has also been used to help in a cognitive manner, such as fighting off epilepsy and Alzheimer’s as well. Truly, there are great benefits to a keto diet.
But what about the foods? Here we give you some of the basic ketogenic info regarding the foods. Which foods can you eat when on such a diet? To many this is the make or break for dieting and I’m happy to say that a keto diet doesn’t restrict you from eating some good foods. Examples: Proteins (grass fed meats such as beef, lamb goat, veal, and venison); Poultry (turkey, chicken, hen, goose, duck); Eggs and egg yolks; Fish (trout, tuna, bass, salmon, flounder, sardines); Leafy greens (collards, turnip, chicory, fennel, romaine, sorrel, chard, kale); Snacks (bone broth, beef or turkey jerky, minced meat wrapped in lettuce, hard boiled eggs); Drinks (water, unsweet coffee and tea, bone broth). See, my fellow tasteaholics? There are great benefits to a keto diet and there are plenty of great foods you can still very much enjoy!