WHAT IS THE KETO DIET?
The ketogenic diet, which has risen in popularity over the last few years, is a low carbohydrate diet that forces the body to make ketones, water-soluble molecules produced by the liver. It is a high fat diet that encourages a fat-burning state, rather than a glucose burning state.
BENEFITS OF THE KETO DIET
- lowers cancer risk
- improved body composition
- increased energy
- lowers risk of heart disease and other diseases
- lowers body fat percentage
- can decrease Alzheimer’s risk
SHOULD WE ALL BE EATING A KETO DIET?
Without measuring ketones or tracking carbohydrates, I think everyone should consider the basic premises of the ketogenic diet. That is, the diet should include a reduced carbohydrate load so that the body is forced to burn fat. While the keto diet receives a reputation for being a bacon and cheese diet, a focus on healthy fats is more in line with the premises of this diet. Overall, filling your plate with mainly vegetables that are prepared with healthy fats or have a dressing of healthy fats, and including only a small amount of proteins and non-starchy vegetables or fruits seems to be a good choice for most people. Our brain is mainly fat, and our body is meant to run on fat rather than carbohydrates.
If you follow this modified keto diet, your plate would look like the plate below. Check out the list of foods and how many servings to consider for your daily nutrition!
Do you eat a ketogenic diet or modified form of it?