Trendy diets are a dime a dozen these days, but if there is one specific craze that everyone seems to be hopping on board with lately, it’s the keto diet plan. Keto is everywhere, from big-name celebrity devotees like Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kim Kardashian to a seemingly endless stream of testimonials and plugs on our social media feeds from people we haven’t seen since high school. But what exactly does the keto diet entail, and is it possible to follow it while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Let’s start with the basics.
What is the keto diet plan?
The keto diet plan, or ketogenic diet, is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that aims to put the body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis is a state in which the liver produces ketones (or ketone bodies). These byproducts of the breakdown of fatty acids burn fat for fuel instead of burning glucose, which comes from carbohydrates. Under the keto plan, the majority of daily calories come from fat, with roughly 20% coming from protein — and only 5% from carbohydrates.
While weight loss is the driving end goal for many keto diet followers, following the keto diet properly can also result in positive effects that include increased energy, reduced inflammation, sharper brain focus, and lowered blood sugar. Seems like a win-win, right? Well sure, but it can be difficult to adhere to such a stringent and exclusionary diet.
OK. So what foods can I eat while doing keto?