If you've ended up here and have no idea what this "Keto" thing is all about, read on--we've got some great resources to get you started! It's important to note that we are not doctors and this page should not be a substitue for advice from a medical professional.
What is a Keto diet?
Simply put, the ketogenic diet is a low-carb, moderate-protein, high-fat way of eating. Followers get roughly 75% of their daily calories from fat, 20% from protien, and the remainder from carbohydrates (usually around 20 grams per day).
The goal of a keto diet is to put the body into "nutritional ketoisis" and change the body's main energy source from consumed and stored sugar to consumed and stored fat.
"Ketones" are by-products of fat that has been burned for energy, and can be used by your brain and other organs for energy.
Isn't this like Atkins?
Yes! The Keto diet shares many similarities beween other low-carb plans, like Atkins, or LCHF (Low-Carb, High-Fat). The main difference is the amount of protien. Keto is a moderate, not high, protien plan.
We support lots of low-carb lifestyles. The trick is to find that one that works best for you!
What can I eat--and more importantly, what can I NOT eat?
Let's start with what we DON'T eat
Yes! While "going keto" may seem challenging at first, most people find that in a very short time, the desire for carby, sugary foods goes away, and the body craves whole, high-fat foods. Any lifestyle change takes some getting used to, but once you've felt the effects of a low-carb diet, we bet you'll never want to go back!
The most common side effect is the "keto-flu", which occurs when the body is changing from being a sugar-burning machine to a fat-burning one. Many people feel sluggish, hungry, irritable and experience sleep and digestive issues. The good news is that the keto flu only lasts a few days, and can usually be managed with increased elecrolytes and salt.