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The Skinny on the Keto Diet
10/2/2018 3:46:23 PM
Keto Diet

Diet trends can be fascinating, and the keto diet is no exception. It’s currently one of the top dietary trends in the United States, so you’ve probably heard of it, but you may not know exactly what it is.

What is the Keto Diet? 

The keto diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet plan that forces your body into ketosis. Ketosis occurs when your body begins to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. The standard for a keto diet plan is a 4:1 ratio of fats to carbs and protein – meaning that 80-90 percent of your diet is fats, while carbs and protein make up 10-20 percent.

Is It a New Fad?

You might think that the ketogenic diet is new, but it’s actually been around for a while! Doctors have been prescribing a keto diet for patients with epilepsy for nearly a century. It’s also known as another common diet plan: the Atkins diet. 

Low-carb diets are nothing new, but perhaps what sets the keto diet apart is its high emphasis on fats – which works well with the current popularity of foods like avocados, grass-fed meats and dairy, and nut butters. 

Pros & Health Benefits: 
  • Under the direction of a doctor, the keto diet has been used to help manage health issues including diabetes, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s.  
  • A ketogenic diet can be a good fit for a sedentary lifestyle, since carbs tend to make us gain weight when we are inactive.
  • Because the keto diet forces the body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for energy, a keto diet can be helpful for shedding body fat.

Potential Cons:
  • The consensus is that a ketogenic diet should be done under the supervision of a doctor, to prevent nutritional deficiencies. 
  • A keto diet is not well-suited to an active lifestyle. If you are an athlete or exercise a lot, a keto diet will not give you the nutrients you need for success.
  • The most common side effect of starting a keto diet is known as the "keto flu.” Expect to feel a significant drop in energy, along with things like lightheadedness, headaches, mild nausea, irritability, and mental fogginess. Most people find that these symptoms pass within the first couple of weeks.

Tips for Success
If you’re interested in trying the keto diet, consider these tips to help you succeed.
  • Vary your fat sources. Eat both plant-based (olive oils, seeds, nuts, coconut oil,) and animal-based (fatty fishes, grass-fed beef, grass-fed dairy) fats. 
  • Take vitamins and supplements to fill in any gaps in your diet. This is one reason why a doctor’s supervision can be crucial.
  • Be prepared for lower energy levels at the beginning of your diet – and know that the diet isn’t a quick fix.
The keto diet is a great option for some, but as with all diets, it’s best to talk to your doctor before starting. Be smart, listen to your body, and find new ways to enjoy great food!

It’s Worth a Shot!

To help with that decrease in energy, try out one of the most popular keto recipes: bulletproof coffee! There many variations on this treat, but here’s a basic recipe. 

Brew 12 oz. of coffee according to your preferred method. Add to a blender along with 2 T of grass-fed butter and 1 T of MCT Oil (medium-chain triglycerides, such as coconut oil). Blend until frothy and well-combined. Other add-ins include ingredients like collagen powder, essential oils, vanilla extract, and stevia.

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