Paleo, vegan, pescetarian, gluten-free diets have all had their time in the spotlight, and now it’s time for keto to step front and center as the new trend. Praised by A-Listers like Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian, the ketogenic diet focuses on low-carb/high-fat/moderate-protein intake, and it burns more fat than the average one. “The keto lifestyle offers so many benefits such as weight loss, (moms that’s how we get rid of our baby bellies), appetite control, more energy and better mental performance,” the 51 year-old Catwoman actress captioned an Instagram post on January 26.
“If you’re like me, you can possibly reverse type 2 diabetes, you’ll experience better physical endurance, better skin and also less acne if that’s an issue. And it even helps control migraines!” she added. The name “ketogenic” stems from a metabolic process called ketosis, which occurs when the body burns stored fats instead of glucose. Therefore, when following the keto diet you are decreasing your carb intake and upping the amount of healthy fats instead and once your body gets into the habit of constantly burning fat then it begins to speed up your metabolism.
A recent study from Bethel University even suggests that a ketogenic diet may help you burn fat ten times faster than the typical American diet. That’s pretty impressive! As if that wasn’t enough to make you start adding copious amounts of healthy fats to your next Amazon Prime order, the keto diet also improves your mood. Now, while you may be excited to start right away it is important to transition into it with eyes wide open and with all the proper information.
The name “ketogenic” stems from a metabolic process called ketosis, which occurs when the body burns stored fats instead of glucose Photo: iStock
For starters, low-carb intake means eating less than 30 grams of carbohydrates per day. That could mean anything from 1.8 slices of whole wheat bread to one medium-sized banana, it all depends on how you’re getting your carbs. For protein you’re going to want to eat 0.8x your lean mass every day. To calculate how much that is, subtract your body fat percentage from your total weight and then multiply it by 0.8.That will give you the amount of protein grabs you should aim to eat every day. Finally, healthy fatty foods should bring in about 95 grams per day.
When following the keto diet you are decreasing your carb intake and upping the amount of healthy fats instead Photo: iStock
As the body adjusts to the new diet, it’s normal to experience headaches and reduced energy levels for the first two weeks as your body is getting used to burning fat as it’s primary fuel source, but symptoms can be cured by drinking more water and electrolytes. In no time you could be rocking Halle Berry’s fit figure and feeling better than ever!