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What Exactly Is Keto

Updated on September 10, 2019

What Exactly Is Keto?

The Ketogenic Diet, also known as Keto, is all the rage right now. Whether you're looking to lose a few pounds or start a completely new way of life.

Essentially, it is similar to the Atkins diet that took America by storm back in the earlier 2000's. Keto is a low carb, high in good fats and protein diet. There are several apps out that can help you track your daily goals, or in the keto world, macros.

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Before You Commit to Keto

The ketogenic diet consists of an eating pattern that’s high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates. It’s typically rich in foods like eggs, meats, nuts, butters, cheeses, seeds, oils and few low-carb green vegetables. It does not allow fruits, most vegetables, grains, potatoes, sweets, or other carb-rich foods. One common distribution is eating 5% of total calories from carbs, 20% from protein, and 75% from fat. This only allows about 20 to 50 grams of carbs per day!

Tips When Starting Keto

  • Start small: Cut back on high carb foods and drinks.
  • Begin drinking more water every day and cutting out sugary drinks, including creamer and granulated sugar for your coffee.
  • Try fasting during the day. Start slow at first.
  • Be sure to stock up on easy to fix or ready to eat keto foods.
  • Research as much as possible about good and bad vegetables to have while on keto.
  • Stock up on eggs, cheese, butter! Seems silly now, but will help when the time comes.
  • If you start experiencing leg cramps, try sipping on pickle juice and make sure you're getting enough electrolytes.
  • And, as with any diet, or change in lifestyle, always check with your doctor first.

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Watch Before Starting Keto

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