The Ketogenic Diet
One of the most effective diet plans in use right now is the ketogenic diet. The essentials of this diet plan is that your carb intake is greatly reduced and your fat intake is increased. This is supposed to force your body to burn fat quickly, getting rid of unwanted weight much faster than it normally would. Let’s look at the specifics of this diet and you can decide for yourself if it is right for you.
The standard ketogenic diet plan allows 75% of your daily caloric intake to consist of fat. The remainder is 20% protein and 5% carbs. There are other ketogenic diets as well, but they are not as good for people who are just starting out this new diet and will work better for people who have had some experience with it already.
You are probably wondering what kinds of foods you can eat while on this diet plan. You can’t just eat anything you like, since you have to be careful about how many carbs you are consuming.
Here is a basic list of the ketogenic diet foods you can eat:
- Meat – Red meat, ham, steak turkey
- Dairy – Cream, butter and unprocessed cheese
- Nuts – almonds and walnuts
- Fish – The fatter the better- mackerel, salmon, trout and tuna
- Vegetables – Onions, tomatoes and peppers
- Olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil
You will need to avoid foods that have a lot of carbs, such as grains, beans, legumes, alcohol, potatoes, most fruit and vegetable oils. While some of these may be okay in small amounts, the more you eat, the less effective your diet will be.