Updated: Aug 24, 2019
It seems like everyone and their mothers are jumping on the bandwagon of Keto diet!
There are great things to be said about this diet and on the same page, as the name implies, it remains simply a diet. Let's delve right into it...to keto or not to keto?
The keto diet, short for ketogenic, is a low-carbohydrate and high-fat diet. This diet is aimed at putting the body in a state of ketosis where it becomes highly efficient in burning fat for energy in comparison to using carbohydrates as its main source of energy. Many studies show several health benefits including decreased blood sugar and insulin levels as well as higher weight loss success.
So what does this mean in terms of meals? Getting your body to the state of ketosis means a list of foods to be avoided at all times and this includes: sugary foods and drinks in all forms and shapes (sugar alcohols and sweeteners), grains and starches (including starchy vegetables ie root vegetables), most fruits except in small portions, beans and legumes, highly processed fats and sugars (including sauces, condiments, etc), and alcohol. With this being said, what will be eaten is a whole lot of wholesome foods such as: meats, poultry, fish, eggs, unprocessed butter and cheeses, nuts and seeds, oils, avocado, non-starchy vegetables, herbs and spices.
That sums up keto for the most part! So when I get asked to keto or not to keto, there's no yes or no answer but rather what we intend with this 'diet'. If we are considering it a jump start to a healthier lifestyle then I commend it all the way (just keep you physician in the loop at all times). However, like many other diets, I question how sustainable this lifestyle really is for the long run and what happens once we choose to stop the keto life. Talk to your health care provider and/or dietitian and have a plan in order to reap the most benefits with the keto diet!