What is the Ketogenic Diet?

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The Ketogenic diet has made its way into many headlines and into the lives of those looking to adopt a new way of eating in order to improve their health. Earlier this year we saw many people, including well-known celebrities, raging about the diet. Although it has been around for a few years, the diet continues to gain traction in the wellness world

The Ketogenic diet, briefly explained, is a form of food consumption where nearly all carbs are cut and replaced with healthy fats. Doing so makes your body enter into a metabolic process called ketosis, where your body burns fat because there are little to no carbohydrates left to burn for energy. This process turns fat into ketones inside the liver which can aid in transmitting energy supply to the brain.

The following are some foods to eat when following a Ketogenic diet:

  • Lean protein such as chicken
  • Seafood
  • Low-carb vegetables
  • Berries
  • Cheese and yogurt
  • Avocadoes, olives, and other healthy fats
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Unsweetened beverages such as coffee and tea

The following are foods to avoid:

  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Foods high in sugar
  • Processed foods
  • Fruits high in sugar
  • Root vegetables
  • Unhealthy Fats
  • Alcohol

The Ketogenic diet includes benefits such as weight loss, increased energy, and reduction in levels of blood sugar and insulin. Additionally, it can help improve risk factors of heart disease, slow down tumor growth, and help improve symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Although the diet can show improvements for some people, it’s important to know your body’s specific needs and assess whether this diet would be right for you before making any drastic lifestyle changes.

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