This post is a beginner’s Guide to Keto Diet for Weight Loss. Among the many weight-loss diets out there, the one that seems to stand out the most is the Ketogenic or simply Keto diet. What makes it so special?
The Keto diet looks ‘delicious’ for one and the fact that it has a fancy name to boot makes it attractive for many health enthusiasts. Anyway, that aside, the Keto diet has plenty of health benefits if followed diligently. People who have adopted this diet can attest to the many benefits they have gained including weight loss. If you are looking to embark on a hassle-free weight loss diet, use this guide to try out the keto diet.
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Beginner’s Guide to Keto Diet
What is a ketogenic diet?
A Ketogenic diet entails a completely new approach to weight loss. While many weight-loss diets prohibit you from eating fats and vilify fats, the Keto diet is a fat-friendly diet. And no, you will not gain weight by eating too many fats on a Keto diet.
The idea here is that instead of, getting your energy from carbohydrates or rather high-carb foods, the fat you eat will be converted to the much-needed energy in your body. In turn, your body burns more fats for energy, hence weight loss. Sound simple, because it is actually that simple. This diet will not only boost your energy levels but also help shed off excess fats from your body.
Ditch all high-carb food
To get started on a keto diet, all the high-carb food like pasta, rice and bread needs to go. This is because, for a keto diet to work properly, your body will need to go on a metabolic state known as ketosis. In this state, your body’s levels of ketones rise because of deprivation of carbohydrates in the blood.
Consequently, since keto is a relatively low carb diet, your body will instead burn the calories in fats as opposed to carbohydrates for its energy. This means that you will have zero or controlled amounts of high carbohydrate food like bread, pasta, white rice, potatoes and other by-products of white flour.
Include healthy fats and high protein foods
The need for high protein food in a keto diet revolves around the fact that proteins boost metabolism levels, promoting further weight loss. For starters, you can include meats such as poultry, grass-fed meat, pork, bison and venison.
Other sources of high protein include eggs, dairy products such as yoghurt, butter and cream, cheese, nuts seeds, healthy oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil. You can also include unsaturated fats such as that found in avocado.
Include dark green vegetables, spices and herbs
Vegetables should always be a part of every diet because they are the backbone of a healthy lifestyle. The keto diet is no exception. For this, include low carb vegetables such as mushroom, broccoli, celery, tomatoes and capsicums. Herbs and spices ‘spice’ up (pun intended) almost every meal.
Besides the numerous health benefits, they bring to the table (another pun intended), herbs and spices can turn a boring meal into a sumptuous and motivating one. Fresh herbs you can include are mint, parsley, cilantro, oregano and spices can include good old garlic, ginger, peppers and all sorts of masalas.
Above all, the keto diet is a clean and healthy option when you are looking for an all-in-one package for a healthy lifestyle. With a keto diet, you not only ward off diseases such as diabetes but also get the benefit of weight loss, an unimaginable boost of energy to go about your life and delicious food to boot.
Cheryl Aketch is a healthy living and beauty enthusiast as well as an aspiring blogger who loves to write informative pieces that inspire and educate people about living a healthy lifestyle. When she is not rummaging the internet in search of information on the latest health craze and freelance writing, she is a Procurement and Supplies practitioner at a Hospitality establishment. She also has a keen eye on fashion and art and loves watching Brad Mondo on YouTube.