Everything You Need to Know About The Keto Diet

blankThe New Year is about to dawn, so many people would be thinking of their new year’s resolution. Some people would resolve to hit the jackpot, while others would be satisfied with being a good human being. Then there are also people whose resolution would be to shed some pounds and get a perfect body. If you are also one of them, you might have started searching out fad diets to fulfil your resolution successfully. While searching for the perfect dietary plan, you will definitely encounter ‘keto’ as well.

The keto diet is one of the most talked-about dietary detox plans and people are raving about it like anything. If you don’t know about this new love of fitness freaks, you might be wondering what are we talking about? Well, don’t worry, we have come up with an insight into what is keto diet and why it might be what you need, to get started on your fitness journey. Here is everything you need to know:

What is a keto diet?

The keto diet is a dietary plan that triggers the ketosis process in the body by switching to intake of high-fat food, protein and low – or no – carbohydrates.The keto diet was first introduced to treat epilepsy, but later it was taken over by fitness freaks as a means to weight loss/ fat loss.

When you cut down on carbohydrates, the body doesn’t get the required amount of glucose to produce an adequate amount of energy. Consequently, the body enters into a state of ketosis that involves usage of stored fat, also called ketones, for producing energy.

But you need to know that the ketosis process doesn’t start immediately. It isn’t that you stop eating carbohydrates for two days, and on the third day, the ketosis process will get started. It at least takes 7 days to start because at first the body utilizes already stored carbohydrates. When it stops getting enough carbohydrates, then it switches to fat.

What to eat in a keto diet?

To your surprise, you don’t always have to give up on your pasta to trigger ketosis in your body. If it seems hard to you (and it actually is!), you can take in supplementary keto products.

However, if you fully want to jump into the keto diet, here is what you need to add into your diet plan:

Seafood:

Seafood, including fish and shellfish, works wonders in the keto diet. Fish and salmon are usually rich in vitamin B, selenium and protein. Most importantly, they have almost no carbs. But you need to watch out for shellfish. While crabs and shrimps are carb-free, other shellfish might not be so narrow on carbs. So, eat your seafood carefully!

Low-Carb Veggies:

If low-carb vegetables exist, it means that there should be high-carb vegetables too. You need to pick out non-starchy and no-fibre vegetables for your salad carefully. Go with kale, broccoli and cauliflower, and stay away from potatoes, beets, and yams.

High-Fat Dairy:

Nothing works best in a keto diet, than high-fat dairy foods. You will have a lot of people telling you that the foods you are eating are going to make you fat [eg: cheese]. But when you’re on a keto diet, eating cheese, full-cream coffee, and yoghurt are what will help you achieve your goal.