The keto diet has been one of the most talked-about health trends in the past year. The low-carb, high-fat diet induces a state of ketosis in your body, creating ketones that burn fat instead of the glucose converted from carbohydrates. In other words, the keto (short for ketogenic) diet forces your body to burn fat instead of sugar, which can lead to potential weight loss.
Just like any other diet, the keto diet has its pros and cons, and while it remains highly controversial among dietitians and nutritionists, some devotees have reported successful weight loss.
So which foods can you eat and which ones should you avoid? If you’re curious about trying the keto diet, read through for a helpful guide on everything you can and can’t eat.
What to Eat: Meat and Protein
Bacon (yes, bacon)
*Choose organic, pasture-raised, grass-fed meats whenever possible.
What to Eat: Seafood
*Choose wild-caught seafood, and try to avoid farm-raised fish.
What to Eat: Fats and Oils
*Try to get your fat from natural sources, but you can also supplement with saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated omega-3s.
What to Eat: Low-Carb Vegetables
*Try to stick to vegetables that grow above ground.
What to Eat: Low-Sugar Fruits
What to Eat: High-Fat Dairy
Hard cheeses like parmesan, swiss, feta, and cheddar
Soft cheeses like brie, mozzarella, Monterey Jack, and blue cheese
What to Eat: Nuts
What Not To Eat on A Ketogenic Diet
What to Avoid: Grains and Carbs
What to Avoid: Tubers
What to Avoid: Large Fruits and High-Carb Fruits
What to Avoid: Sugar
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