THE ketogenic diet has been making waves in the health world recently.
Described by some as ‘Atkins on steroids’, the ketogenic diet involves eating foods that are high in fat, contain just a moderate amount of protein and which are low in carbohydrates.
Creators of the ketogenic diet claim that it encourages weight loss without people feeling hungry, and increases energy levels.
Developed in the 1920s, the ketogenic diet is designed to get your body into a state called ‘ketosis’, where it burns fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.
Your body also goes into a ketosis state when fasting.
It’s thought that the key to the keto diet is eating around 70 percent of fat, 30 percent of protein and 20 percent or less of carbohydrates.
While it may sound easy to chomp down on cheese, cream, butter and bacon, the diet is strict. Any carbohydrates including bread, pasta, sugar, fruit and starchy vegetables are banned. While there has been proven success on the keto diet, it has copped criticism for being too extreme and hard to follow in the long-term.
Some health experts suggest that being in a ketosis state for a long period of time can lead to muscle loss and deprive the brain of its preferred source of fuel, glucose.
There are many books and websites that go into further detail on the ketogenic diet, but as always, it’s best to consult your doctor before undertaking any drastic changes to your diet.
Here is what a day on the ketogenic diet could look like:
Breakfast: Bacon, scrambled eggs with cream, spinach fried in butter, mushrooms.
Lunch: Salmon fillet with pesto made with sour cream, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, spinach and butter.
Dinner: Pork chop served with green beans with a blue cheese sauce.