You might have heard of the Ketogenic Diet which is making waves throughout the internet and social media. But what is it, and more importantly, how does it affect weight loss?
The Ketogenic Diet (or Keto as it is often referred to) is a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. It involves reducing the amount of carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This puts the body into a state called Ketosis.
During this state, the body becomes very efficient in burning fat for energy, and can also have massive reductions in blood sugar levels.
Will the Ketogenic Diet help you lose weight?
Many studies have shown that a low carbohydrate, high fat diet is best for weight loss. The reason for this is the state of ketosis.
Because of the low carbohydrate intake, your body burns fat for energy, instead of carbohydrates.
By following the ketogenic diet, your blood sugar levels are also more stabilised all throughout the day, which means you are less likely to feel hungry.
In addition, due to its high fat content, most foods in the ketogenic diet also make you feel satiated for a longer time, so you eat less throughout the day. This could help you lose weight.
What to eat and what not to eat
Common foods in the ketogenic diet include animal protein such as meat and fish. Choose grass-fed meat whenever you can and avoid farmed fish. Do not forget healthy fats, such as coconut oil, olive oil and avocados, to name a few.
On the other hand, avoid grains such as wheat, oats and rice. Products made from grains such as bread, pasta, and crackers should also be avoided, as well as processed foods and foods high in sugar.
The ketogenic diet is a highly restrictive diet, since it requires a drastic reduction of carbohydrate intake.
In order to lose weight, some amount of restraint and meal planning is required. For that reason, this diet is not for everyone.
But if you are struggling to lose weight, the ketogenic diet could be worth trying, just be sure to do it properly.
What are your thoughts about the Ketogenic Diet? Have you tried it? Are you considering it? We would love to hear what you think.