Featured as one of the top wellness trends of 2017, the ketogenic [keto] diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that can potentially turn your body into a fat-burning machine. While there are both pros + cons, it’s important to understand the science behind the method before making any lifestyle changes —
Naturally, your body uses glucose [carbs + sugar] for energy. On the keto diet, the goal is to reduce your intake of carbs so that your body turns all the fat you’re consuming into ketones, an alternative fuel for energy. Switching your body’s fuel supply to run almost entirely on fat results in the metabolic state called “ketosis,” in which your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat.
While the ketogenic diet definitely boosts your metabolism, it also has many other not-so-obvious health benefits. Adopting a ketogenic lifestyle can result in less hunger, a steady supply of energy, increased physical endurance, + improved mental focus!
The most important part of reaching ketosis is reducing your intake of carbs, ideally consuming less than 20 grams per day. This means you’ll want to avoid sweet sugary foods + starchy foods, even including fresh fruit. Here’s what you eat on the keto diet —
- Natural fats [butter, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil] Meat + Seafood
- Eggs [cooked any way] Cheese [unprocessed]
- Vegetables [that grow above the ground >> green veggies, tomatoes, onions, peppers + avocados]
- Nuts + Seeds [pecans, Brazil + Macadamia nuts]
- Fruit [one serving a day]
This is a great opportunity to try out new, yummy recipes like the green power salad, chicken+avocado chili, ++ green glow bowl! And although keto meals are meant to be incredibly filling, it’s always good to prep some snacks for in between meals during your busy days. Our favorites are cheese with olives, a handful of nuts, hard-boiled eggs, dark chocolate, strawberries + cream, ++ celery with bleu cheese dip or guacamole.
The ketogenic diet isn’t for everyone, but it’s important to know what it is + how it works. Have any of you tried it? Good or bad experiences? Share with us on Insta, tagging #CHAARGEATS!
++Cassie [@cassiem_inhaarg] // Belmont University