What is this diet that everyone is talking about in the last few years? What kind of diet would make you burn your own fat? and what would make you want to put oil or butter in your morning coffee? Ha ha, sounds funny but it’s actually really yummy, even for someone like me that would usually take my coffee black. Well, I’m here to answer these questions for you and hopefully make it easier for you to understand what’s the keto diet all about and how it works.
A diet that is used in medicine to treat epilepsy
Although the diet came around in the 1920s to treat epilepsy patients, once medicine evolved and new anticonvulsant drugs become available, the ketogenic (keto) diet wasn’t used as much. It still proved to be effective, specially in children where the medication wouldn’t help them control their seizures. It is believed to also have benefits for Alzheimer and cognitive impairments, as well as other diseases. Now a day, we hear mostly about the diet from people looking for weight loss solutions and wondering what is the keto diet lifestyle. For those of yous wondering what is the keto diet good for, I hope the below will answer your questions.
So, what’s the keto diet…
To say it simply, the ketogenic (keto) diet is a low-carb, moderate protein and high-fat diet. A standard keto diet consist of consuming 75% fats, 20% protein and 5% carbs of your daily macronutrients (macro).
An easy way I’ve found to monitor my macronutrients is to use the My Fitness Pal application as it’s pretty forward and easy to use. You can enter your food item and it will tell you how many carbs, proteins and fats it consist of. You can also enter all your food for the day that way you know your on the right track. When I first started understanding our nutrition, health and how our bodies react to certain foods, I didn’t have a clue what a macronutrient were or how much protein and fats I consumed after eating one boiled egg for example. Now I can tell you that it as 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein. My Fitness Pal really help me stay on track and understand the breakdown of the macros I would consume.
Just as quick reference, when we talk about macros, we are referring to the following
- Carbohydrate, also referred to as carbs are the grains, rice, bread, beans, sugar (juice and pop included), sweets, fruits and vegetables
- Fats are the nuts and seeds, avocados, olives and oils, cheese and heavy creams (and from some proteins such as beef)
- Proteins are mainly from the fish, eggs and meats but are also in dairy and some vegetables (cauliflower for example).
Kick those sweets, bread, pasta and pop to the curb
you are considering following the ketogenic diet and are currently on a full “American” diet consisting of high carbs, deep-fried foods and unhealthy snacks and sweets, you will have some big changes ahead of you, but in my opinion, it will be for the better. Whether you are following the keto diet or not, that lifestyle is not a healthy one and you should attempt to control these intakes. Now, we are all different and all approaches changes and new things in different matters. Some of you will want to go and jump right in the keto lifestyle 100% from one day to the other and some of you will want to do the changes gradually. Which ever you prefer or whatever works best for you. The important thing is to have your goals outlined and have a clear understand of your plan ahead. First thing would be to cut off all juices and pop you consume as these will be a big “no no” on keto. As well, gradually reduce your carbohydrate intake of bread, pasta, beans to zero and well as your sugar and sweets. Once you’ve done this, are you on the right track to getting on the ketogenic diet and getting all the benefits this could bring you.
Anyone wants to improve their brain and heart health?
Following the ketogenic diet will improve your cognitive functions and heart health, that is, if it’s followed using healthy fats. A lot of people question what the health benefits of a keto diet are because one persons description of healthy fat is not necessarily the others. For best results and for the benefits of the keto diet, you want to consume good fats such as avocados, nuts and seeds, salmon, oils and olives as opposed to bacon and pork rinds everyday.
Other than feeling full longer and more satiated, the lifestyle will also reduce inflammation, reduces insulin and blood sugar levels and improve your skin tone as well as provide you with more energy and focus.
Will you be following the diet/lifestyle?
After reading this, do you think this diet is for you? The benefits are definitely there and if you to put your mind to it and respect the macronutrients, you will be on the way to success and getting results just like so many people are experiencing. Before you decide to start this, you should consult your health care provider to ensure you don’t have any conditions that can get worsen with this lifestyle. This is easier than it looks. Go for it!! You’ve got this.
If you have any questions or would like more information, leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to get back to you.
Good luck on your keto journey! 🙂
Nathalie – Everything Keto