🔸The ketogenic diet (or keto diet) is a very low carb, high fat diet that offers several health benefits.
🔸It can be useful for losing excess body fat while maintaining hunger or for improving metabolic, neurological, or insulin-related diseases. Keto originated as a tool for treating neurological diseases like epilepsy.
🔸The keto diet involves severely reducing your carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fats. This puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis as fat becomes your primary fuel source instead of carbs.
🔸There are blood, urine, and breath tests that can be done to ensure you’ve entered ketosis. Symptoms that may indicate it include increased thirst, frequent urination, dry mouth, and decreased appetite.
🔸For the keto diet to work, certain carb-based foods will need to be severely limited or eliminated including: grains, legumes, sugar, rice, potatoes, candy, juice, most fruits, and alcohol.
🔸Foods that can be part of keto include: meat, fish, eggs, butter, nuts, healthy oils, olives, cheese, avocado, and low carb veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, and most green vegetables.