The Ketogenic, Or Keto, diet trend has been sweeping the nation for the past year and a half. But, what exactly is this diet and why is it so popular today?
The Keto diet involves reducing your carb intake drastically while replacing it with fat. The reduction is carbs forces your body to become more efficient at burning fat for energy. This metabolic state is called Ketosis. This diet can also cause a reduction in blood sugar and insulin levels. The following are other benefits reported to one’s health by doing the Keto diet.
- Improves risk factors such as body fat to reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Has shown signs that it can reduce seizures in epileptic children.
- Also shown to improve acne
It is safe to say that the improvements to health are a big supporter for starting this diet trend but it is not the number one reason. Weight loss is the number one reason this diet is a hot trend in 2018. This diet creates energy and reduces the fat on your body, what a diet is all about!
Sometimes it is hard to go all out and start a new diet. If you are wanting to try the Keto diet without having to give up everything you are used to eating or consuming, do not worry we have your back. We have compiled a list for you on foods you should eat in moderation and those you should avoid.
Should Eat In Moderation
- Low carb fruit
- full-fat dairy products
- cheese (any!)
- Medium-starch vegetables
- soy products
- legumes and beans
- nuts and seeds
- Reduced-fat dairy products
- any type of sugar
- artificial sweeteners
- starchy vegetables
- refined fats
- processed foods
We have also compiled this list of 4 common mistakes made when starting the Keto diet. This will help you avoid them and get started on the right track.
Leave The Scale Alone
Weight loss requires time. If you spend it staring at the numbers on a scale every day, it will be so much slower. Our weight fluctuates daily by water intake and other factors, so it is merely a snapshot of our success or failure. Choose one day a week to check the scale to avoid losing momentum.
Eat More Fat
For so long we have had low-fat diets shoved down our throats that it feels weird to eat fat. However, as explained above fat is needed for this process to work! Do not avoid the fat!
Your Looking For A Quick Solution
This is not an overnight cleanse. This process takes time and determination, give it your all and you will see amazing results.
You Are Comparing Yourself To Others
This is the number one mistake that we are all guilty of making. It is hard in a world full of perfect Instagram selfies to not compare ourselves with others. However, it is important to remember that all of our bodies are different. This means that all of our bodies will respond differently to this diet in their own time frames. Relax!
So now you know about the Keto Diet and why everyone is jumping on board for this fitness trend. Have you tried it before? Be sure to let us know in the comments below about your experiences!