The Ketogenic diet; is it a fad or a great way to get control of your health and fitness?
I’m sure you’ve seen a lot about the keto diet online. What exactly is it?
“Ketogenic” is a term for a low-carb diet. The idea is for you to get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates.
When you eat less than 50 grams of carbs a day, your body eventually runs out of fuel (blood sugar) it can use quickly. This typically takes 3 to 4 days. Then you’ll start to break down protein and fat for energy, which can make you lose weight. This is called ketosis.
There are tools and tips and tricks to help you stay in ketosis. Like a ketones supplement. Using a keto-based app food tracker to make sure your macros are ketogenic friendly. So many companies like Shrewd Food are making amazing and delicious snacks that have the keto macros you are looking for. Treats that taste amazing but keep you in ketosis. Which can help you stay on track.
Let’s chat about “keto macros”:
“Macros” or macronutrients in food include carbohydrates, protein, and fat. They are where all of your calories come from and can each play a unique role in supporting your health and fitness goals.
The typical macro ratio for keto looks like the following:
5% of calories coming from carbs
25% of calories coming from protein
70% of calories coming from fat
This can be a challenge if you are new to the concept of counting macros. But have no fear, with a little practice and nutrition know-how, you can master this skill.
Once you know your macros, the next step is to build your food choices and portions to match.
While this can seem like a huge change to your life I can promise you it’s something that can be accomplished. I chose to go keto after having my son. After trying so many other diets that didn’t work for me. I lost over 160lbs in just under a year and I’ve maintained it for over 2 years using the keto diet.