To Keto or Not To Keto ?

So the summer has begun, and you might have skipped a few gym visits. Don't fear, it's not too late to get your summer body. There is a diet that's gained popularity in the past few months that may help you reach your body goals before the summer ends. The ketogenic diet.

What is the ketogenic diet? The keto diet is a low carb, moderate protein, and high-fat diet that puts the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis. Ketosis is when the liver produces ketones which become the central energy source for the body.

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Here is a list of foods to avoid and foods to eat on the keto diet:

 

Foods To Avoid :

Grains - wheat, corn, rice, cereal

Sugar - honey, agave, maple syrup

Fruit - apples, bananas, oranges

Tubers - potato, yams

Legumes

 

Foods To Eat:

Meats - fish, beef, lamb, poultry, egg

Leafy Greens - spinach, kale

Above ground vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower

High fat dairy - hard cheeses, high fat cream, butter

Nuts and seeds - macadamias, walnuts, sunflower seeds

Avocado and Berries - raspberries, blackberries, and other low glycemic impact berries

Sweeteners - stevia, erythritol, monk fruit, and other low-carb sweeteners

Other fats - coconut oil, high-fat salad dressing, saturated fats, etc.

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Sounds yummy, doesn't it? Although it seems like the perfect diet, there are some things you should take into account before trying it.

Some researchers are concerned about the long-term effects the keto diet can have on your body. There is the possibility of getting the 'keto flu," where the body experiences a series of side effects when it first enters ketosis. These symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, poor sleep, difficulty with exercise, and constipation. Although these symptoms usually dwindle after the body adjusts to using fat for fuel, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to get on track.

Hydration may also become an issue.  Because carbohydrates help your body store water, it is vital that you drink plenty of water on a keto diet. Staying hydrated and adding the necessary vitamins to your daily routine is essential to any healthy diet.

Be sure to do your research before beginning any new diet. It is necessary to know the benefits as well as the risks associated with changing the way you eat.

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