The ketogenic diet is extremely popular in the dieting community at the moment, and rightly so. Not only is it effective, but it works quickly and is safer than many other diets out there. But what is it and why does it seem to work so well? What foods are keto approved?
For starters, because the ketogenic diet is very low in carbohydrates, the body burns fat stores for energy. This process is known as ketosis.
Because the ketogenic diet is low in carbs, you should plan to eat a lot of protein, fat, and green vegetables. For a better idea of what to eat on the diet, take a look at the following list of ketogenic-approved foods.
Diets don’t have to be void of delicious foods. In fact, the ketogenic diet is well liked because it allows you to eat from so many food groups. Unsure what’s OK to eat and what’s not? Check out the list below:
- Meat, including pork, lamb, veal, and beef. The cut doesn’t matter, and it can be prepared any way. However, if you’re purchasing processed meats, make sure to check the carb content, and don’t purchase anything that was cured with honey or sugar.
- Eggs. Eggs are a staple in the keto diet and are fine to consume no matter how they’re prepared. Whether you prefer hard-boiled, scrambled, over easy, or fried, eggs are one food you can eat a lot of on the keto diet and be fine.
- Poultry, including turkey, duck, chicken, quail, and more. When eating poultry as part of the keto diet, try to leave the skin on to keep the fat content high. Also, never prepare it breaded or battered. However, it’s OK to enjoy it any other way, whether it’s deep fried, stir fried, grilled, baked, or even barbecued.
- Shellfish and fish. If you’re going to add fish to your keto diet, make sure to only purchase it fresh and avoid imitation products, like imitation crab. It’s also OK to eat canned fish if it doesn’t have added sugars.
- Vegetables. If you follow the ketogenic diet well, most of your daily intake of carbs will come from vegetables. That said, it’s important to try and choose low-carb vegetables, such as leafy greens, Brussel sprouts, kale, celery, cucumbers, radishes, and more. Try to avoid vegetables high in sugar, including onions, peppers, and tomatoes.
- Cheese. Even though some cheeses have quite a few carbs, most types of cheese are keto approved if they’re served in moderation.
- Oils, creams, and butter.
- Nuts. From walnuts and almonds to cashews and pine nuts, all types of nuts are keto approved. However, they should only be consumed in moderation.
- Herbs and spices for seasoning food
- Artificial sweeteners, including Stevia
With such a wide variety of options to choose from, anyone trying out the ketosis diet should be able to enjoy delicious and flavorful foods for every meal of the day. If you need help with meal planning, take a peek online. There are many blogs dedicated to posting keto-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.