What is the basis of the keto diet?
The ketogenic diet (“keto diet”) is a low-carb, high-fat, and moderate-protein diet!
The ketogenic diet was developed by doctors in the 1920s. What was it originally used to treat?
The keto diet was used to treat children with epilepsy in the 1920s! According to the Epilepsy Foundation, the high-fat, low-carb diet helps to control seizures in some people with epilepsy. This is a great established treatment option for children who have a hard time controlling the symptoms.
There is no cure for the keto flu.
The flu-like symptoms of the keto flu, also known as “carb flu,” can occur when you starve your body of carbohydrates. Your body burns carbs for energy, but now you’re switching to burning fat! If you don’t get enough daily fat intake, you may feel some of the symptoms, like fatigue, headaches, and cramps. Luckily, there are easy ways to get enough fat, like taking MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides), a source of healthy fats found in coconut oil!
Does the keto diet involve cutting out almost all fruit?
Almost all fruit is off the table because sugar is a HUGE NO! Your body wants to burn fat for energy, not sugar or carbs. But don’t panic. You can still enjoy blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries in moderation; and, of course, everybody’s favorite keto fruit...the avocado!
Can you eat too much protein on the keto diet?
Unfortunately, eating too much protein will kick you out of ketosis. Protein converts to blood glucose when you’re eating so low carb, albeit slower than carbs do. If you eat too much protein, your liver transforms the amino acids (found in protein) into sugar. But you do have to eat adequate amounts of protein to supply the liver with amino acids and to maintain muscle mass, so be sure to calculate and stick to your macros.
Are coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil all appropriate on the keto diet?
Yes! All these oils are great sources of high-quality, clean energy to keep you full and meet your daily fat intake. You should avoid processed, hydrogenated oils, such as vegetable oil.
Can you use supplements to boost your fat intake and get better results when you go keto?
Supplements can be a great way to help you reach your correct macros and unlock the full potential of the keto diet! According to a published 2017 study in the Journal of Frontiers in Physiology, exogenous ketones (like BHB oil) are practical and efficacious ways to achieve and maintain ketosis.