The keto diet has become very popular in the last couple of years.
The internet is overflowing with information on what to eat while on the keto diet, meal plans, keto products to buy, and how to break carb addiction.
It is very important to mention that a lot of information you find is wrong, not consistent with the true foundation of the keto diet. In fact, it can even be detrimental to your health.
The keto diet is nothing new, it has been around for centuries.
Our ancestors had mostly a meat-based diet, with prolonged winter periods when they were in ketosis most of the time. There were no stores and food was not easily accessible as it is today. For people who say that keto diet is not sustainable and healthy, just think about newborns. Their main food source is breastmilk, which is mostly fat and protein with carbs in form of lactose: they are thriving and growing in ketosis just fine.
The keto diet is basically a diet in which you minimize or remove carbs from your diet allowing your body to use dietary fat or fat from your adipose cells as a main fuel.
In this diet, you become fat burner instead of carb burner. With minimal intake of carbs our body enters the state of ketosis, where ketones, byproducts of fat breakdown become the main fuel source.
Apart from obvious weight loss and increased energy, the health benefits of this diet are numerous: improved insulin resistance, hormone balancing,stabilized blood glucose levels, lowered blood pressure, improved lipids panel,chronic pain relief..the list goes on and on.
Sounds nice, right?
The guidelines of standard diet are that an adult should consume 225-325g of carbohydrates per day, around 45%-65% of daily caloric intake. Our body needs around 65g daily to function normally and there is ONE, ONLY ONE organ that really depends on it- red blood cells. Our liver can use other nutrients, such as protein and fat, to make glucose and meet our body’s needs for carbs without adding extra sugar from outside sources.
Soooo…the question is do we need that extra 200g of carbs to make us sluggish, overweight and sick? I think we can all agree that no is the most obvious answer. A well formulated keto diet filled with quality and nutrient-dense food and staying under 30g of carbs daily…I would say yes to that!
When starting the keto diet the most important thing is to know how much protein, fat, and carbs you should consume based on your body and your goals.
Everyone would agree that carbohydrates should be kept around 20-30g, but what about protein and fat?
This is where I can help you: I will work with you and your body type to formulate the healthiest, most satisfying diet that also meets your particulars goals.
Let me know if you are ready to learn more, and I can help you step into the keto world, reach your goals and heal your body.