A ketogenic (keto) diet has become very popular in recent years as a high-fat, low-carb diet with a wide range of medical and physical benefits. There are several different types of keto diets, but the basic concept is that by reducing your carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat or protein, your body will burn the latter for energy and leave you feeling full for longer periods of time. Basically, take the classic food pyramid and flip it upside down (but continue to avoid any foods high in sugar).
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Whether you’d like to go all out keto or gently incorporate it into your regular diet, please consult a doctor and do your own personal research to determine if the keto diet is right for you.
If you’re not sure what foods are good to eat on a keto diet, we’ve listed some great options below!
Add them to your salad, or munch on them directly out of the bowl. Olives are a great source of healthy fats and slow down your digestion, leaving you feeling full for a longer amount of time.
Dark chocolate is a keto diet approved snack and/or dessert, as it is low in carbs and high in antioxidants. Keep your dark chocolate sugar free, and be sure the cocoa content is above 70% for best results.
While you should avoid vegetables like potatoes or beets, cauliflower is a great low-carb choice of veggie for the keto diet. Use it to make cauliflower rice, or that "one Chinese cauliflower dish" that everyone loves.
If you aren't a fan of stir-frying with coconut oil, butter is a highly recommended condiment for the keto diet. Actually, just put butter on everything and you can't go wrong!