As for any new diet or lifestyle, it’s not always easy trying to figure out what foods are best to eat for results. Same goes for the ketogenic diet. I’ve often been asked “what foods to eat on a keto diet?” Well, it’s simple enough but there are some staple foods that easily fit in the diet and that provides you the macronutrients needed on a daily basis.
It’s not the quantity that matters, but the quality of what it provides you
As you probably know and understand by now, you need to consume a low amount of carbs and a high amount of fats. That being said, it’s important to know that not all carbs or fat (or even protein) are created equal. It’s not really the quantity that you need to look at but the amount of grams that it provides you. You could easily consume 5 cherry tomatoes or 5 olives, but there is a big differences. The 5 cherry tomatoes will provide you carbs mainly and the olives will count towards your fat. Even though quantity wise they appear to be the same amount, they do not provide you the same macros and nutrients.
Finally, a diet that encourages you to eat some cheese
The best foods to consume are healthy “fatty” foods such as avocados, cream, butter, cheese, oils, meat and fish, nuts and seeds to name a few, but as long as you control your carbohydrate intake. Carbs, which are found in grains, rice, pasta, sugar, fruits and vegetables need to be controlled. It is important to understand however that it doesn’t mean that you can’t consume any fruits or vegetables, but simply understanding which are lower in carbs (sugar) such as celery, lettuce, kale, cucumbers, spinach, asparagus, zucchini, mushrooms, and berries.
Won’t be easy to follow for big fruit lovers or pasta eaters,
Or for anyone at first really but give yourself some time to adapt to the diet. Although it’s been known to show amazing weight loss results pretty quickly for some, it won’t be as quick for everyone. A good way to ensure you succeed is to learn to identify macros and read food labels. It will take you more time doing your groceries at first, but you will get the hang of it in no time – try to consume mainly fresh ingredients and grass fed meats. Also, I would suggest getting My Fitness Pal to track and monitor your macros. It’s a great tool that I love using and that got me familiarize with what I was really eating in a day and identifying my daily macros.
You mind find it easier if you’re just getting started or having trouble getting the results you’re looking for, to have some more established guidelines to follow and a step-by-step approach. This would include knowing what to eat, how much to eat, having a clear shopping list with easy ingredients that you love – a customized plan just for you. That might be the difference between you trying and you succeeding if you’re not one to truly give it your all. If you want to put all the chances on your side, you might want to consider this!
To sum it all up, the foods to eat on a keto diet is pretty forward. You may consume a moderate amount of protein and high level of fat. Low carb fruits should be kept to a minimal and starchy vegetables should be avoided.