Every year, it seems as though you hear of these “fad diets,” that everyone seems to be talking about. These fad diets are sometimes unrealistic, over the top, and aren’t easy to keep as an overall lifestyle change. I mean, who wants to drink pepper and lemon juice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Yeah, not too many of us. Recently, you may have heard or read about the keto diet. Keto? What the heck is kee-toe?
Just a quick fact, but did you know that the keto diet is recommended by the American Epilepsy Society and has long helped treat epilepsy in young children?
You won’t find grains, beans, fruits, and starchy vegetables on a keto devotee’s plate. This diet is powered with the help of fats, rather than carbs and protein. Typically, each day you want your intake to be 70 percent of calories are derived from fat, less than 10 percent from carbs and fewer than 20 percent from protein. If you’re asking yourself, what’s the point with all that fat, well, here’s why. The overall goal of the diet is ketosis. Ok, now words are just being tossed around.. ketosis?! Yup, ketosis, it is an actual thing. Through fat metabolism, your body enters a ketogenic state. Instead of your body using carbohydrates for fuel and energy, it essentially uses fat. These fats are converted into ketones, which help keep you energized!
With all of this keto, ketosis, ketogenic lingo sorted, it’s time to talk about the good stuff, FOOD! If you’re like the majority, you want to know what you can eat and what you can’t eat while on a diet. Here’s the scoop on what you can eat on the keto diet:
Eggs: Good ol’ eggs, that go-to staple for breakfast. From fried to boiled, to poached to scrambled, these little things are so versatile and there are so many gratifying keto recipes that feature eggs.
Meat: Remember, you don’t need a whole lot of protein on this diet. Eating too much protein will make it harder for your body to get into ketosis.
Seafood: Fish, shellfish and everything in between are great for the keto diet, especially salmon. Grilling or simply baking fish is a flavorful option, but avoid any breading, which typically contains carbs.
Vegetables: When choosing vegetables, be sure to go for leafy, green vegetables that are grown above ground. Avocados, zucchini, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, bell peppers are great choices that provide you with loads of “good keto fats.” However, avoid vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and onions.