The Keto Diet

Eat Fat to Lose Fat

The Keto diet (also known as the ketogenic diet) is mainly centred around allowing for more "ketones" to produce within the body. Ketones are small fuel molecules that are used up by the body when there is limited glucose (blood sugar) in the body.

By maintaining a Keto diet, consuming fewer carbs and consuming only a moderate amount of protein, the liver will naturally produce more ketones. The ketones will then be used as a fuel source for the body and the brain as opposed to insulin.

How does it work?

Typically, when blood sugar levels are low, fat burning tends to increase drastically. While on the diet, the body will go into a metabolic state called ketosis - another way of doing this is through fasting. Fasting is a quicker way to get to ketosis, but it may not be good everyone.

In order to get the liver to create more ketones and be in a state of ketosis, the following needs to be considered:

  1. The body needs to be deprived of carbohydrates - have fewer than 50 grams of carbs a day
  2. This process typically takes a few days - so stay patient
  3. Eating too much protein can also affect the body's ability to reach ketosis

What can I eat?

What can I eat?

Eat this

Fats - saturated fats are strongly encouraged
Protein
Fruits - must be low carb (i.e. berries) and in small quantities
Leafy greens
Vegetables that grow above ground
High-fat dairy
Nuts
Seeds
Sweetners
Other healthy fats

Avoid this

Grains
Sugar
Fruits
Vegetables that grow below ground
In general, eating a low carbohydrate and high-fat diet will lead to ketosis.
Also, try sticking to a 70% fats, 25% protein and 5% carbohydrate meal plan.

Look at our database of ingredients to see what you can and can't eat on the GAPS diet
Yummy Low-Carb Foods

Potential Health Benefits

Some scientific evidence along with anecdotal evidence from those who have been on the diet suggest keto can help with the following:

  1. Weightloss
  2. Controlled Blood Sugar
  3. Better Focus
  4. Increased Energy
  5. Normalised Hunger Levels
  6. Improved Symptoms of Epilepsy
  7. Improved Cholesterol Levels
  8. Improved Blood Pressure
  9. Improved Insulin Resistance
  10. Reduced Acne

and much more..

However, there are potential risks, such as potential nutrient dificiency, constipation, mood swings, brain fog, liver and kidney complications. Overall, most anecdotal evidence and reviews show great health benefits for those who follow the diet correctly.

Who is this diet good for?

In general, this diet can be good for anyone. This diet works particularly well for those who suffer from epilepsy. However, it is always important to do your research before beginning a diet to make sure that it is the right fit for you.