Have you found yourself listening to someone talk about keto and you just have to smile and nod? It’s the undisputed diet trend of 2018, and if you love it, you LOVE it. If you don’t…you probably just kinda tune your friend out when she talks about it (because we all have that one keto friend haha)
I recently did a little experiment for our WTF Wellness series on YouTube. I tried Keto (so did Ryan!) for TWO WEEKS! If you know me at all, you know diets are not really my thing. But I was super surprised by how I felt, the results I saw, and how much I wouldn’t recommend it. A little confused? You better watch the video 😜👇
Keep reading for the facts you need on this crazy diet fad that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere in 2019.
The keto diet is basically a low-carb, high-fat diet. After a few days of reducing your carbs your body’s metabolism goes into a state called “ketosis,” hence the name.
Basically, if you put your body into a state of ketosis, your bod becomes super efficient at burning fat for energy and helps your liver turn fat into chemical compounds called ketones which can supply energy for your brain. Double yes! The moral of the story: your body gets super efficient at burning fat for energy instead of carbs, meaning you burn off your body fat stores. Sounds nice, right?
I’ll save my hot takes for the video, but here are the “rules” of eating Keto. You want to avoid grains, sugars, legumes, rice, potatoes, candy, juice and even most fruits.
Your grocery cart should, instead, be filled with…
- Veggies: not all vegetables are created equal so it’s important to opt for low-carb veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, bell peppers, celery, cucumber, eggplant and asparagus. You know I’m nuts for avocado and they most definitely allowed on the keto diet.
- Fruits: Most fruits are off-limits because sugars (even naturally occurring ones) are carbs. Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are all low in carbs, so they are the perfect sweet treat for you.
- Meat & Fish: Stick with grass-fed beef, chicken, tuna, salmon and bone broth.
- Dairy & Eggs: Almond, coconut or hemp milk are a better alternative to dairy milk since dairy has a good amount of carbs. Load up on full-fat cheese, eggs and greek yogurt (which works as a good alternative to sour cream).
So basically, keto is a little bit like the Atkins diet from the 2000s and other low-carb diets that have been popular in the past. Have you tried the Keto diet? Comment below with your thoughts/questions/experiences. I want to hear it all.