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Hello guys, can I just tell you the keto diet has been the most delicious diet my husband I have been on? We’ve tried a few, as you probably know. From the HCG drops, to Paleo and our own “flexitarian” sort of diet style, to no diet at all, we have done a lot! Keto diet, however takes the cake. Okay, maybe not best choice of words lol You get my meaning though right?
So you may be wondering how on God’s green earth can a person lose weight by eating the very food taboo in most other diets (lots of) fat?

I mean, seriously!

What can you eat on a Keto diet, you ask? Ah, allow me to answer your question with a question…

How many diets will allow you to start your day with bacon and eggs, then chicken wings for lunch, then broccoli and steak for dinner? I know it may sound too good to be true to a lot of people, but on this diet, those are the examples of the Keto meal plan.

Think of these last few posts as Keto for beginners.

I’m still a beginner myself. I only started this in January and I tell you, I’ve lost INCHES.

What happens and why this diet works is that our our body gets into the state of ketosis when we take in a very low amount of carbs. It’s when the body is in a state of ketosis that fat is burned for energy.

So the question is how many carbs do you need to eat to get your body into ketosis? It is safe for everyone to stay under ten net carbs, but this varies from people to people. A study suggested that you should remain under ten net carbs when the body is in the “induction phase,” i.e., the process of putting the body into ketosis.

So what are “net carbs?”
Net carbs mean the number of carbs you eat minus the amount of dietary fiber. For example, if you eat a total of 40 grams (roughly 1.5 oz.) of net carbs and 16 grams (just over half an ounce) of dietary fiber, your net carbs for that day will be 24 (not quite an ounce). (See carb calculator link at the bottom of this post and convert grams to ounces using this table.)

Studies show keto is not only good for weight loss, but it also improves mental clarity, it increases body energy, and it also decreases appetite.

tape measure ketoThe Key Difference Between Keto Diet and Other Low Carb Diets:

Let look at the difference between keto and low carb. Some researchers define low carbs as a diet that restricts carbs lower than 20% of calories, other researchers define it as a diet that consists of less than 45% carbs, but they all agreed on the concept behind low carb diet, i.e., to decrease carb intake by cutting out carb-rich processed foods.

Low carb diets are all about removing or lowering carbohydrate intake. Ketosis is a natural process the body starts to help us survive when the intake of carb is low. Glucose is lowered when carbs are low, and the preferred fuel source for the body is glucose. Historically, fat has always been the body’s primary source of fuel. Keto diet, just like low carb, is about burning fat for body fuel instead of carbohydrate.

It is sometimes difficult to get the body into the ketosis state. Staying away from carbs is hard. It requires a high level of commitment to stop eating those foods. Achieving ketosis to some people is easy and simple, while others find reaching ketosis so difficult.

What is “ketosis?”

According to scientific facts, ketosis is a natural process, and everybody is different naturally. Some people will have to nearly remove the carbs from their daily diet entirely to reach ketosis, while others can eat more carbs and still be in ketosis. Understanding the difference between keto diet and low carb is what some people need to get into ketosis.what can you eat on keto diet

Back to your original question: “But Kelly, what can I eat on the keto diet?”

Okay, here’s a little list of yays:
Eggs- Hard boiled as a snack, used in omelets, low carb pizza crust, quiches (heavy cream is allowed in keto diet) and more; for those that like eggs, there is an excellent chance of success on this diet.
Bacon – For breakfast, burger topper, salad garnish, etc.
Cream cheese – Dozens of recipes, desserts, main dishes, pizza crusts.
Shredded cheese – salad toppers, made into tortilla chips in the microwave, sprinkle over taco meat in a bowl, enchiladas, and low carb pizza.
Lots of spinach and romaine – Fill it up on the green veggies.
EZ-Sweetz liquid sweetener – It is the most natural and the easiest to use. A couple of drops is enough to replace sugar.
Cauliflower – This low carb veggie can be eaten alone, mashed in fake potatoes, in low and keto pizza crusts, tossed in olive oil and baked, and much more.
Frozen chicken tenders – You need to have large quantity at hand; use in chicken piccata, saute, tacos, Indian butter chicken, chicken alfredo, enchiladas, thaw quickly and grill, mix with veggies and more.
Ground beef – You can make a burger and top with different things from cheese, to grilled onion, and sauteed mushrooms. You can also cook and crumble with taco seasoning. Prepare a dish with lettuce, cheese and more.
Almonds (plain or flavored) – these are lovely, healthy and tasty snack.

As you can see, there is a wide array of delicious food you can eat with the keto diet. There’s enough variety to keep it  interesting and versatile while still losing weight! Keep the above items on hand as your “keto items grocery list.” Have the items on that list in stock to have tasty keto meals all the time. That’s it for now guys! I’m sure I’ll have more photos and videos soon 🙂

Sources:

About carbs, what they are/aren’t

Calculating your carbs on Keto

Recipes

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