Keto is a low carb, high fat way of eating. The standard version of the diet is generally a 75% Fat, 20% Protein, and 5% Carbohydrates, on a daily basis.
The body has a glucose (sugar) preference and will burn it as the primary fuel source when available, however, when starved on glucose the body has no choice but to burn FAT! By removing sugar or things that turn into sugar quickly you reduce insulin (a fat storing hormone) and force your body to use the fat stored on you for fuel!
When you eat too much protein and carbs the excess converts to sugar also called glycogen, and stored in your muscles and liver, when that’s full the excess converts to fat and stored on your body. However, when you starve the body of sugar by significantly reducing carbs, moderate consumption of protein, and increased fat, your body switches to a state known as ketosis. Ketones are created when the body is breaking down fat through your liver.
There are many potential benefits of switching your body to a state of ketosis which includes:
Stabilizing Blood Sugar
Reduced Body Fat
That’s to name a few. Now, in case you are wondering, “What the heck can I eat in keto?” To explain this, I’ll start with what you won’t be eating.
WHAT CAN’T I EAT ON KETO?
Lean Protein, NOPE!
Low Fat Dairy, NOPE!
Whole Grains, NOPE!
Starchy Carbs, NOPE!
WHAT CAN I EAT?
Meat w/ skin and fat | chicken, beef, pork, chicken
Non – Starchy Vegetables | kale, broccoli, cabbage, collards, spinach, etc
Full Fat Dairy | heavy cream, sour cream, butter
Nuts + Seeds | pecans, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
Fruits (moderate) | raspberries, blackberries, strawberries
Fat | MCT oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, avocado, lard