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What Is The Keto Diet?

The Keto Diet, short for Ketosis Diet is super trendy right now. The keto diet is a diet which is very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets. It involves reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead. This results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body which becomes the source of energy.

To understand the make-up of the keto diet you need to understand ‘Macros’. Macros is short for macro-nutrients- the breakdown of daily fat, carbohydrate and protein intake. Most literature I’ve found suggests for ketosis to be achieved your dietary carbohydrate consumed must be less than 10% of your total calories consumed. The best way to track this is to download an app like My Fitness Pal.

If you haven’t heard yet there are different types of fat and they are not all created equal. Remember when low fat diet was the thing because we used to think fat caused heart disease. Well, now we know how wrong we were and what fats are safe to consume.

Saturated and unsaturated fats are a good source of fats. Trans fat should still be avoided. Trans fat is still found in some fast food restaurants, crisco and margarine. Click here to see a list of Trans Fat foods to avoid.

Being in the state of ketosis generates elevated levels of ketones, which are detectable in the breath, urine, and blood. Ketone urine testing strips (like Ketostix) are the quickest, easiest way to test for ketones in urine to ensure you’re not eating too many carbs and your macros are right.

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You may already be eating close to a ketogenic diet. Here is a list of 8 Foods that are Keto Friendly. There are many more, but here is a short list example below.

  • Seafood. Fish and shellfish are very keto-friendly foods. …
  • Low-Carb Vegetables. …
  • Cheese. …
  • Avocados. …
  • Meat and Poultry. …
  • Eggs. …
  • Coconut Oil. …
  • Plain Greek Yogurt and Cottage Cheese.