The Keto Diet has been gaining a dedicated following over the past several years. It’s scientifically-proven results and radical plan has a lot of our patients curious as to what exactly is involved and how they can get started. Let’s go over some Keto basics, so you have a better idea of what you can expect when starting your Keto lifestyle.
What is the Keto Diet?
The Ketogenic Diet, or Keto, is a eating style that is very low in carbs and very high in fat. Normally, the body takes carbohydrates and turns them into energy to keep us moving throughout the day. The Keto Diet flips the script by forcing our bodies into ketosis, a process that triggers the body to start using fat as energy instead. While eating high amounts of fat is counter-intuitive, research shows that it’s a significantly more effective dietary change to lose weight than a traditional low-fat diet.
What foods are Keto-friendly?
Keto-friendly foods are foods that have a naturally moderate amount of protein, high amount of fat and low amount of carbs. These foods include:
- Organic, whole eggs.
- Grass-fed meats, like beef, pork and bison.
- Organic poultry, like turkey and chicken.
- Full-fat dairy products.
- Nuts and nut butters.
- Healthy fats, including grass-fed butters and avocados.
What foods should I avoid on the Keto Diet?
Foods you would typically avoid while on Keto include foods that are naturally high in sugars and carbohydrates, including:
- Grains and grain products, like rice, oats and breads.
- Starchy vegetables, like potatoes and corn.
- Beans and legumes, including chickpeas and lentils.
- All fruits and citruses.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Processed sugars and sugar substitutes, including maple syrup and agave.
How can I get started on the Keto Diet?
Starting the Keto Diet on your own can sound intimidating, especially when trying to ensure your body goes into ketosis. This is where the professionals at Art of Balance Wellness Spa step in. With the help of our one-on-one nutrition coaching, you can rely on our experts to stand with you every step of the way. We’ll support you with healthy meal plans and the support you need to meet all of your health goals.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can get started with the Keto Diet, contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with a nutrition coach today. In light of recent events, we are also happy to offer virtual wellness consultations, so you can get your questions answered in the comfort and safety of your very own home.