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Intro to Keto
There are so many diets out there to choose from, and more and more keep popping up. One that has stayed in the limelight for some time now is the Keto diet. In this blog, we’re going to dive into how the diet works, what you can eat during it, and how long you should stay on it for the best results.
How does it work?
The Keto diet (short for ketogenic) is a high fat and low carb diet that makes the body burn fats instead of carbohydrates. By reducing your carb intake, you put your body into a state called ketosis, which basically means that the fat in your body is being used as energy (normally, the glucose in your body is what is used as energy).
Why is it so popular?
Many people migrate to this diet because technically, there are no restrictions on the amount of food you eat – just the type of food. Because of this, there is no need to count calories. Studies have shown that following this diet may also benefit specific cancers, Alzheimer’s, and various other diseases.
What can you eat during the Keto diet?
- Bacon (of course this would be the first on our list!)
- Low-carb vegetables
- Black coffee
- Basically anything high in fat!
As we said, the basis of this diet is low carb and high fat. When you’re on a strict keto diet there are specific ratios you follow to get into ketosis. The majority of individuals consume roughly 75% of their calories from fat, 20% from protein and 5% or less from carbohydrates. There are many apps and macro calculators online to help you stay on track.
How long should you stay on the diet?
The length someone should stay on this diet depends on each person. The reality is that you can lose a lot of weight very quickly with this diet, but a strict keto diet is hard to do. After reaching the goal weight most people go to a ‘dirty keto’ diet where they keep all the same principles without counting the macros (and allowing a few cheat meals here and there!)
*We are not doctors and therefore can not recommend any specific diet to someone. Please ask your doctor if you have questions about if this diet is right for you.