The Keto Diet has been called a fad diet by many, but it hasn’t slowed down yet and makes you wonder whether this so-called “fad” is going to be a staple in the diet world. Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, LeBron James, and The Kardashians have all admitted to using this diet to drop unwanted pounds.
This diet follows a strict low carb, high fat and protein diet. Cutting out all bread, pasta, and most fruits can be extremely hard, so why has this diet become such a hot topic?
This diet has become so popular because of the science that proves its efficiency and its many benefits that go above and beyond just weight loss. Here are a few of those benefits:
Weight loss- This is the obvious benefit that everyone is aware of. It gets even better because the specific weight that is lost is mostly stored fat. So, if you’re looking to get rid of that little pooch around the midsection, thighs, or anywhere else, keto might just be for you.
Heart Healthy- This diet can be used to improve heart health, or it can be abused. It requires a lot of fat in your diet but the type of fat you choose can greatly change the health results. For example, if you choose healthy fats like avocados, almonds, and salmon, you will help to improve your cholesterol and blood pressure. You can also choose to eat lots of pork rinds or bacon and block some arteries, the choice is yours.
Good Blood Sugar Levels- Those who prediabetic or have diabetes in the family should try to ketogenic diet because it really helps to level out the blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
May Improve Brain Health- The keto diet was actually created by a scientist looking for a way to use nutrition to help children who suffer from epilepsy. The idea of using ketones to improve brain function has spread to other diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Improved Skin Conditions- Because you eat plenty of plumping fats and less processed carbs on the keto diet, you can expect to see improved skin clarity. Many people who have been on the keto diet for some time have claimed that their acne has cleared significantly.
Want to know what kind of foods you can expect to eat while on the ketogenic diet? Here are a few sample meals:
A simple ketogenic breakfast would include eggs, bacon, avocado and some green leafy veggies cooked in olive oil. You can also enjoy a coffee to keep you pepped up. Your eggs can be cooked in any manner such as boiled, fried, or scrambled.
Another healthy breakfast includes egg-filled avocados. Simply cut open an avocado, take out the pit and fill it with a tablespoon of shredded cheese and an egg. Put it in the oven and bake until the eggs are as firm as you like them. Serve with a side of greens and tomatoes.
This delicious looking lunch is a sliced pork loin, hardboiled egg, olives, almonds, tomatoes and shaved zucchini drizzled in olive oil and vinegar. It’s important to include plenty of filling protein and healthy fats in each meal.
Another easy keto lunch is cheese waffles. No, there are no carbs in this meal, since the waffles are made of almond flour, cheese, and egg. Top it with avocado and smoked salmon or your favorite keto-friendly topping.
This mock pasta is made with zucchini spirals and meatballs tossed with a tomato and olive sauce. You won’t miss your carbs with these filling and delicious low carb swaps.
Grilled salmon is a very keto-friendly meal because it has healthy fats and is high protein. Pair it with some low carb veggies cooked in butter and you have yourself a delicious dinner ready in minutes.