If you pay attention to trends in health, chances are you’ve heard of the Keto Diet.
The keto diet is popular because people see quick results, it’s easy to follow, and people generally feel full! If you are looking for a quick weight loss method, this may be the diet for you.
You simply remove most carbs from your diet. On the keto diet, 75% of your calories are from fat and you only eat about 50g carbs per day (from vegetables). It’s easy to follow, but it’s very strict as well. Your total caloric intake remains the same so you generally won’t feel hungry. Once you eliminate carbs, weight drops off within days.
Another benefit is that some of the best things in life are low-carb: cheese, cream, bacon, and peanut butter!
Keto stands for Ketogenic because it puts your body into the state of ketosis. Your body naturally burns glucose from carbs before it burns fat. Eliminating carbs forces your body to burn calories from fat rather than glucose. Burning fat for energy releases acids called ketones. Ketosis is simply the acidic state of increased ketones in your body.
One note of caution is that it is often difficult to transition off of a keto diet. Many people gain their weight back within weeks. It may be effective for quick results, but long term weight loss comes from an overall healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Transition off of a keto diet slowly. Don’t jump from 50g carbs per day to 200! Ease back into carbs. Track your macros to ensure you are eating the right amount of carbs to maintain your weight and not gain. Mymacros is a free app that tells you your ideal macro breakdown.