For sure you have heard about it – diet with low carbs and lots of fats that help you lose weight, and also keeping you more energised and in focus. It is called Keto and has taken the world by storm. Jenna Jameson recently announced on Instagram that she lost a ton of weight on keto (26 kilos), and Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian have all sworn by the diet.
The idea is to launch your body into ketosis, a metabolic state in which you are forced to burn fat instead of carbohydrates to feed your muscles and mind. For most people, eating carbs triggers a release of the hormone insulin, which turns those carbs into energy. To achieve ketosis, you have to starve your cells of carbs, so they break down dietary and stored fats into molecules called ketones.
While everyone’s body and needs are slightly different, that typically translates to 60-75% of your calories from fat, 15-30% of your calories from protein and 5-10% of your calories from carbs. Believe it or not, keto was designed to help people who suffer from seizure disorders—not to help people lose weight, it was just a side effect.
WHAT TO EAT
Getting your keto on properly means that 90 per cent of your daily calories need to come from healthy fats such as olive or coconut oil, avocado, fish, eggs, meat, cheese and vegetables that grow above the ground such as zucchini, eggplant or peppers. Your day should start with eggs with veggies and bacon or bulletproof coffee. It is necessarily a hot coffee, plus two tablespoons of butter, plus a tablespoon of MCT oil which is medium chain triglyceride oil. You stick it in a blender until it is wonderfully mixed and drink it. For lunch go for chicken, bacon, and avocado salad or grass-fed meat with veggies and salad. This means – no bread and no potatoes with your meals!
WHAT IS A BIG NO, NO
This also means that you should forget about fruit because most of it is rich in carbs. Drinks such as beer and sugary sodas are also strictly prohibited, and you should stick to water, tea and some red wine. Bread, rice, pasta, fruit, corn, potatoes, beans, baked goods, sweets and juice all get the axe! Forget about root vegetables such as carrots, yams, parsnips and beets and skip wheat, rice, rye, oats, corn, quinoa, barley, millet, bulgur and buckwheat.
If you are tempted to try keto, consult with your doctor before embarking on any extreme weight loss plan. While the ketogenic diet can include some healthful foods like broccoli, many others are banned – like bananas, mangos and strawberries.