What is the keto diet?
The keto diet is a diet plan on which high carb foods are banned. Dieters may only eat low carb foods, such as lean meat and dairy. The idea of the diet is to put the body into a state of ketosis. This is an alternative metabolic rate in which the body burns fat instead of carbohydrates to survive.
This has been shown by various studies to provide fast and effective weight loss.
On the diet carbs are limited to 20 to 50 grams per day.
Fifty grams of carbs a day equates to three slices of bread.
However, this is the very upper limit of the amount of carbs that are allowed on the diet.
What food can you eat on the keto diet?
Diet Doctor tells dieters on the plan that they can have an almost infinite amount of meat.
Those on keto diet also need not limit fish, olive oil, or coconut fat.
Eggs, butter, avocado and cheese are all also very low in carbohydrates.
Keto foods list
- Nuts and seeds
- Low-sugar condiments
- Low carb snacks
- Dark chocolate
- Low-carb vegetables (veg that grows above the ground)
- Low-sugar fruits such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries
Foods not to eat on the keto diet
Grains such as wheat, rice, quinoa and buckwheat
Beans and legumes
High sugar fruits like bananas, pineapples and grapes
High carb vegetables such at potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips
Sugars such as honey, maple syrup and cane sugar
Alcohol is best avoided but wine is okay on occasion
By removing sugar from the diet the body is forced to rely on fat.
DietDoctor.com states: “A keto diet is a very strict low-carb diet, containing less than 20 grams of net carbs per day, and thus it tends to be highly effective.”
A recent study showed how on average subjects lost 13.5kg, just over two stone, in six months.
In the space of six months the average weight fell from 101kg to 87.5kg.
What is more, the average BMI fell from 37.7 to 32.