Thinking about kicking off your new year with a keto diet? We’re answering some of your most frequently asked questions!
What really is keto?
Ketosis is a metabolic, fat burning state that the body enters when it does not have enough carbohydrates to burn for energy. Instead, it burns fat and produces things called ketones which it can then use for fuel.
What does the keto diet do for me?
One great way to invest in your health is through your diet. The keto diet, specifically, can improve your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar, help stabilize your appetite, aid in weight loss, lower triglycerides, boost energy levels, and improve brain function. After knowing all that, the better question might be "What doesn't the keto diet do for me"?
What is the best and most sustainable way to get my body into ketosis?
By minimizing carb consumption and following the ketogenic diet. A keto diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet which mimics the natural conditions that push the human body into ketosis. Ketosis has the obvious benefit of weight loss but also increases brain function and energy levels.
How do I maintain ketosis?
The best way to maintain ketosis for an extended period of time is to fuel your body with keto-friendly foods! The general consensus is that a keto diet should derive 70-80% of its calories from fat, 10-20% from protein and 5-10% from carbohydrates. Supplementing this high fat, low carb diet with consistent exercise, sufficient sleep, and lots of water is a sure way to maintain ketosis and to get your body feeling healthy and strong!
Do you have any food ideas I can start off with?
The ketogenic diet is easy to follow so long as you’re prepared! It might take a little bit of extra planning at first, but in time keto will become less of a diet and more of a lifestyle. Here are three flavors of our favorite on-the-go snack to help keep you on track at the beginning of your keto journey:
And here are two of our favorite easy recipes to keep you filled up going into the new year: