In the health and fitness industry, low-carb fad diets come and go as fast as you can say burpee and the ‘keto diet’ has been the buzzword on everyone’s lips. It’s also something I get plenty of questions about from my clients and 28ers, so today I’m here to clear the air and tell you everything you should know about going keto.
What is it?
The keto diet is a high fat, low carb diet that (believe it or not) was initially designed to help children who suffer from seizures. It proved too strict for kids to stick to and instead became popular as a quick and effective weight loss solution.
How does it work?
Going ‘keto’ is all about minimizing your carb intake and maximising your fat intake in order to get the body to use fat as a form of energy. After a few days of eating ‘keto’, the body enters into a state known as ‘ketosis’. This is where the body can no longer make glucose from what are usually carb sources so it resorts to using stored fat instead. When your body is in this state, you start to eat into fat reserves and that’s why you can lose weight quickly.
A keto diet generally consists of 70 per cent fat, 25 per cent protein and around 5 per cent carbs. If you’re going keto, you can expect to see meat, cheese, butter, cream, low-carb veggies, nuts and seeds on the menu. What you can’t eat are grains, most fruit, sugar and root vegetables like potatoes and carrots.
There’s no denying that there are some advantages that come with going keto. Here a few of the benefits that might come with dipping your toe in the keto pool.
Want to give a recipe a go? Try this Keto Friendly Burger, packed with 31 grams of protein.
You might think the keto diet sounds pretty good at this stage. Meat, butter and plenty of cheese? Sign me up! But hold your horses - there are some significant downsides when it comes to going keto.
At the end of the day, any diet can work if short term weight loss is what you’re after. But if you want long term results then you cannot look past a balanced routine. My program works because it’s not a diet – it’s a lifestyle and it’s sustainable. It includes a balanced meal plan that is loaded with real food like complex carbs, fats, protein and fibre – everything your body needs to lose weight and function at its best. Following a balanced meal plan like this is the best way you can stick to your guns, lose weight and most importantly keep it off for good.