Much Ado About Keto: Why People Won’t Shut Up About the Ketogenic Diet
There’s never any shortage of diets to try out. Whether it’s eating like a caveman or eliminating core food groups, it seems like there’s always a new way for us to try and shed those extra pounds. While some diets, with a little dedication, work very well, there are others which won’t do anything except maybe make you feel a bit unwell. But which camp does the much-talked-about ketogenic diet fall into? Let’s find out!
What is the keto diet?
Low-carb diets are nothing new, and to the uninitiated the keto diet may appear to be yet another one of these. In reality, however, keto isn’t solely focused on a reduction of carbohydrate intake. In fact, it focuses on all major food groups, with proponents of the diet describing it as “high-fat, normal-protein, low-carb”. At this point you’re probably wondering how any diet can help you lose weight by increasing the amount of fat going into your body, but there is actually a little bit of science behind this. It may not make logical sense, but the human body isn’t famous for being easy to understand, right?
The mechanics of the keto diet
So let’s solve this riddle: how can you take in more fat and still lose weight? Well, it’s all focused on the concept of “ketones”. In a regular diet, the body converts carbohydrates into glucose, which in turn fuels the body. However, there is another form of fuel the body can use, known as (surprise, surprise) ketones. These tiny fuel molecules are seen by some as an alternative source of energy for the body. Essentially, what you’re doing when you follow a ketogenic diet is ‘switching’ your energy source from carbohydrates (i.e. glucose blood sugar) to the fat stores of your body (which are converted to ketones).
What can you eat on a vegan keto diet?
So now we know that the whole aim of the ketogenic diet is to “force” the body into a state of ketosis, meaning that it begins to use fat (ketones) as a fuel source. The best way to force ketosis is actually to fast entirely, but of course this isn’t sustainable – so what foods can you eat to promote ketones in your body? The core diet suggests that you take in under 50 grams of carbohydrates per day to promote ketosis. Here are the best foods to achieve that goal:
- Vegan Protein Shakes – like Sativa Shakes Viva High Pro
- Saturated and mono-unsaturated fats such as avocado and coconut oil
- Above-ground grown vegetables and leafy greens
Of course, in addition to the reduction of carbohydrates from your diet, you’ll also need to balance protein sources to account for the reduced carbs.
Have you ever tried keto? If so, did you get incredible results, or were you left feeling a little deflated? Either way, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter. And don’t forget that our plant-based protein shakes are a great inclusion for any dedicated follower of keto!