Information and questions about the Keto Diet can be found everywhere you look these days. If a Ketogenic (Keto) diet is something you have been considering, you may have a few questions before you jump right into this new way of eating (WOE). We have compiled The 10 Most Asked Questions About The Keto Diet, along with our research and personal experience, we give you our answers to the best of our ability. Hopefully, the information that you find here will help you decide if this lifestyle change is the right fit for you.
Disclaimer: We are not now or have we ever been medical professionals. We are simply everyday people that want to be healthy, live longer, and be more active while we enjoy this ride we call life. Please read the questions below and check with your physician to see if the Keto Diet is right for you.
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The 10 Most Asked Questions About The Keto Diet
1. What is the Keto Diet?
A Ketogenic diet (Keto Diet) is a low carb, high-fat diet that results in your body being put into ketosis. A keto diet will help you effectively burn more fat than traditional low-calorie diets.
When your body produces ketones (small fuel molecules produced by the body), it enters a metabolic state known as ketosis. In ketosis, your body will burn fat and ketones rather than glucose (sugar) as the main fuel source.
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2. Is the Keto Diet safe?
The Keto Diet is generally very safe. As always, please check with your physician before starting any new diet or weight loss regimen. If you are on insulin, blood pressure medicine, or breastfeeding, experts advise that the Keto lifestyle may not be ideal for you.
3. What are Macros and how do I count them?
Macros is short for Macronutrients. You will hear the term macros used often when there is a break down of the three main macronutrients that make up your food intake. The three main macronutrients used on the Keto Diet are Carbohydrates (carbs), Protein and Fat. Macronutrients are molecules that our body uses to create energy. Macros are found in all foods, measured in grams, and can be found on the nutrition label.
4. What foods can I eat on the Keto diet?
This is probably the most common question that is asked when it comes to the Keto Diet. You want to stay away from food that has a high carbohydrate count. Such as bread, pasta, sugar, and grains. Instead, replace the high carb food with food that is higher in fat and protein. Such as green leafy vegetables, eggs, cheese, meat, and dairy. Add healthy fats such as real butter, coconut oil, and avocado oil to your cooking. A general rule of thumb is to keep your carb intake between 20 to 30 grams per day, depending on what your macros allow.
Each person is different, therefore our amount of macro intake can vary. You can use an app like Carb Manager to help you calculate your individual macros.
5. Where can I find low carb Keto recipes?
With the rising popularity of the Keto Diet, low carb keto recipes are becoming easier to find. Pinterest is a great resource for all things Keto. I will be adding Keto Friendly recipes to Daily DIY Life. Please be sure to Sign Up For Our Newsletter to be notified when those are added.
6. How long can someone stay on the Keto Diet?
The simple answer to this question is as long as you like. If you are enjoying this new WOE (way of eating), you are staying healthy, and seeing your physician regularly, there is no need to go back to the way you were eating before. I like to think of Keto as a lifestyle change more than a “diet”.
7. What is the difference between a low carb diet and a keto diet?
A Keto Diet is a very strict form of the low carb diet. With keto, you are focusing more on using fat as your energy source. With a traditional low carb diet, the focus is primarily on the protein intake.
8. Do I need to count calories on the Keto Diet?
While calories aren’t a primary focus on the Keto Diet, you do still need to be mindful of the calories that are going into your body. That being said, the focus on a ketogenic diet is primarily fat, protein and carb intake. If you are eating the correct amount of fat and protein, you will be fuller faster, and it will last longer. Which means fewer calories that will be going into your body on a daily basis.
9. Can I drink alcohol while on the Keto Diet?
It is possible to drink alcohol while on the Keto Diet. It is best to stay away from beer and wine because of the sugar, grains, and carbs. It is recommended to enjoy clear alcohol without any added flavors or syrups. As always, please drink responsibly!
10. Is the Keto Diet expensive to shop for?
Eating and cooking while on the Keto Diet is no more expensive than any other way of eating. Sure, there are a few luxury things you may need or want that will make preparing your low carb meals easier. That is the same no matter which WOE you are living.
One of the biggest tips I can offer is to plan out your meals accordingly. Here are a few tips on Menu Planning that may be helpful. Shop your grocery sales and buy in bulk when possible. Your freezer is your friend. I have learned over the last few months that if I am browning ground beef for a meal, I will cook a double batch and freeze half of it for another meal later in the week. This cuts down the extra spending on short notice trips to the grocery store, and it also cuts down on time in the kitchen.
Do you have any other questions about the keto diet?
I hope I have answered some of your concerns and questions about the Keto Diet. Like I said before, I am not a medical professional, just a normal person looking to improve my health by changing the way I cook and prepare meals for myself and my family.
If you have any other questions, please drop them in the comments below. I will do my best to answer them all.
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