Most of us love our carbs — sugar, bread, pasta — but on the ketogenic diet, these foods are a no-go. Instead, the keto diet is all about eating lowcarb, high-fat foods, which may seem counterproductive considering the keto diet is sometimes called “the fat-burning diet.” Under normal circumstances, the body metabolizes carbs and uses glucose as energy. When you consume excess carbs, your body stores this excess as fat.
The keto diet is extremely effective at eliminating fat from the body. When you avoid consuming carbohydrates (even the natural ones), your body enters a state of ketosis. The liver breaks down fat into a usable energy source called ketone bodies. The ketone bodies enter your bloodstream and replace glucose as the energy source for the body.
Ketone bodies are also naturally produced when people fast. When blood sugar drops, the body turns available fat stores into energy. This means that every night while you sleep, unless you ate a carbohydrate-rich meal before bedtime, your body will convert some of its stored fat to ketone bodies until you break your fast in the morning.
Of course, many people shy away from the keto diet because they think the restriction of carbs means the food will be boring, but that assumption is far from the truth. Here’s a quick look at a few foods that are allowed on the keto diet:
• Nuts and Seeds
• Coconut Oil
• Dark Chocolate
These foods are high in fat or protein (or both), but low in carbs. Even better, many of these foods, including eggs, seafood, and broccoli, are packed with tons of nutrients that are beneficial for the body.
A lot of people give up on dieting because they get bored eating the same foods over and over again. While the keto diet does have limitations, it also has plenty of advantages with regard to food choices, from bacon and eggs to steak and vegetables. You can have a tasty and nutritious meal without even realizing you’re on a diet, and even better, since fat is more satiating than carbs, you’ll feel fuller for longer.
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