What is your new year resolution this year? Get rid of the pounds gained during 2020?
Is it a better lifestyle, including eating healthier? Promise to lose some weight but don’t know where to start? Have tried it all and the weight just comes back? How about trying Keto?
Keto diet was the most googled diet in 2018 and no wonder, since the research is showing that low-carb, higher fat diet could prevent some diseases. Keto diet has been used to treat epilepsy for years and it also has positive impact on blood and heart diseases. Changing the diet to keto could also help with type 2 diabetes and it has been proven to help with brain health as well. Some research also shows that keto lifestyle could help slowing down Alzheimer’s disease.
”Calories in, calories out and you’ll stay the size you are. Or eat less and workout more” are both old fashioned ways of thinking about weight loss. This way of thinking does not take under consideration the complexity of the human body and how different foods affect our metabolism. People are starting to realize that only cutting down on the calorie intake or only eating low fat foods is not giving us the results desired. The new way of thinking of low carbohydrate and fad diet might be the right one for you, if you are ready to lose the extra pounds and better yet, keep them off.
Keto diet focuses on limiting carbohydrate intake to only between 5% to 10%, protein intake between 10% to 25% and good fats to 70% to 80% of your total calorie intake in a day. When limiting the carbohydrate intake, it forces your body to ketosis. Once your body cannot receive glucose from the food consumed, which it normally uses as the fuel, it forces the body to utilize fat as the new fuel to source energy.
Keto is an easy diet to follow and here are few tips to get you started.
1.Limit Carbohydrate intake to maximum of 50 grams per day
You can easily see the total carb amount per serving on the ingredients label and in the beginning is good to keep track of the carbs (My Fitness Pal is a great App to help you with this)
2.Start by first removing the big carbohydrate foods from your diet
These would be cereal, pasta, rice, bread and majority of the pre-packaged snacks
3.Plan ahead your daily meals so cravings will stay away
You’ll find plenty of pre-planned weekly meal plans just by googling Keto meal plans
4.Make friends with fat
Consuming good fats will keep you in ketosis and will make you satisfied
Keto diet has become a really popular diet during the past couple of years and you’ll find plenty of options at the grocery store, even pre-packaged keto friendly foods. The entire family can eat keto and it has so many good health benefits, it is worth trying. You’ll lose weight just by eating, and you’ll feel more energized than ever. Start by cleaning the fridge and pantry and get rid of the high carb foods. Plan your meals and replace old snacking habits with new keto friendly items to keep you on track. Give yourself time to get used to the new way of eating and get comfortable eating more fat in your diet. If you have tried all the possible diets before, and haven’t been successful, perhaps this is a good year to try something new and give keto diet a go. After all, it is a new year, new diet, and as a result, new you.