It seems as if everyone’s going on a keto diet this year. As Health.com reported in December, “ketogenic diet foods” was one of the top diet searches last 2016. But what is it, exactly? It certainly is more than just limiting carbs or losing weight quickly. Let us investigate:
The whole point of this diet is for the body to go into “ketosis”–a normal metabolic process that occurs when the body uses fat instead of sugar for energy.
To enter into a state of ketosis would requirely significantly diminishing one’s carbohydrate consumption, done by fasting or by following an extremely low-carb diet to limit your body of sugar. In this diet, you get around 75% of your calories from fat, 20% from protein and 5% from carbs.
Someone on this diet would be recommended to eat a lot of the following: meat, fatty fish, eggs, dairy, nuts and seeds and low-carb veggies. On the other hand, the food to be limited on a ketogenic diet are sugary foods, grains or starches, most fruit, beans, alcohol and unhealthy fat.
It is important to remember that ketosis doesn’t happen overnight; one should give it time. The sudden shift in diet may also lead others to feel nauseous or week initially, but individuals who go on this diet say that this phase goes by quickly. In terms of weight loss, it is shown to be mort effective in obese individuals, with some reporting improved moods as well.
To this day, there still isn’t enough research to determining whether going on a keto diet is good in the long term. It is always best to talk to your doctor before deciding. Remember, everyone’s bodies are different so we should listen to our own individual needs.