By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer
Photo by Aliona Gumeniuk on Unsplash
You’ve probably heard of the Keto diet before now. Incredibly fit celebrities, like Halle Berry, Adriana Lima, Kim Kardashian, and more have given the diet credit for their slim profiles. But what is it exactly? What are the pros and cons? And most importantly, is it right for you?
What is Keto?
Keto is short for ketogenic and is derived from the word, “ketosis.” Ketosis is when your body burns stored fat for energy instead of blood sugar. This is awesome because the keto diet encourages your body to burn all of the stored fat that you are trying to lose! Tell me more, you’re probably thinking.
Okay. Your body enters ketosis when you substantially decrease the number of carbs you eat, and increase your fat intake.
But won’t fat make me fat? You might be wondering. The answer is, surprisingly, no. The keto diet is not immune to the calories in, calories out equation. You do have to eat less than you burn to lose weight, just like you would on any other diet. However, fat is very, very filling. Most people on the keto diet don’t even feel they have to count calories because it’s very difficult to overeat on the keto diet. Please note, if you plan on trying the keto diet out, do start out counting calories, at least until you get the hang of it.
So what are the pros and cons of the Keto diet?
Pros of the Keto Diet
The Keto diet is very effective for weight loss.
You will definitely lose a considerable amount of weight on the keto diet. It works, and it works for everyone - if you do it correctly. When your body goes into ketosis it becomes SO efficient at burning your stored fat and you will get so excited to jump on the scale and see the pounds drop off.
The Keto diet can increase your energy and focus.
Many dieters have experienced mental clarity and have found that they become more energetic while on the Keto diet. This is due to the fact that so-called “brain foods” like MCT oil are keto-friendly. These brain foods help improve the structure of neurons in your brain, helping your brain work more efficiently throughout the day.
Sounds great so far, right? But nothing is perfect… including the Keto diet.
Cons of the Keto Diet
Many Keto dieters experience what is called the keto flu when first starting the diet. Keto flu is the body’s response to a drastic reduction of carbohydrates intake and the electrolyte imbalance that occurs as a result of that. Dieters can experience it differently, at varying degrees of discomfort and for varying periods of time. Some dieters only have the keto flu for a few days while others can experience it for several weeks.
Symptoms of the keto flu include: dizziness, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and constipation. In short, it’s not fun ladies. Trust me, I’ve been there. In fact, the first time I tried the Keto diet I didn’t know about the keto flu and I actually went home sick from work one day because I felt so terrible! I really thought I was sick.
The good news is, there are some supplements designed to help ease you into ketosis. Supplements like this help restore electrolytes and prevent you from feeling those keto flu symptoms that can set you back and cause you to give up before you’ve seen results.
The Keto diet can be too restrictive for some dieters.
While some dieters may thrive on keto, other dieters might find it too difficult to give up breads, pastas, and chips, to name a few foods. There are multiple keto-friendly substitute recipes on Pinterest to help fulfill cravings, but it’s okay if the keto diet isn’t right for you. The important thing is to find a diet that works for you.
If you decide to give the Keto diet a shot, check out one of our blog posts that shares a 7-day Keto menu!
There are also a lot of awesome recipes on Pinterest. I’m sharing ingredients for a one-day sample menu that I found below using Pinterest. Click on the links for step-by-step directions:
Bulletproof Coffee: (There are varying recipes online, but this is how I make mine, even when I’m not on a low-carb diet. It’s my favorite way to start the day!)
- 8 oz coffee
- 1 tbs Heavy Cream
- 1-2 tbs Unsalted Butter
- 1 tbs MCT Oil
- Use a milk frother to blend all ingredients together.
Keto Lettuce Wraps: (Check out the link for full recipe instructions.)
- 5-8 iceberg lettuce leaves
- 1 cheese slice (your choice)
- 4 slices of turkey
- 2 slices of ham
- 1 slice of bacon
- 3 slices of cucumber
- ⅓ sliced avocado
- 3 slices of tomatoes
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp avocado oil mayo
- Wrap it all up and enjoy!
Keto Stuffed Peppers (Makes 6 servings, check out the link for full recipe instructions.)
- 3 bell peppers
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
- 3 tsp minced garlic cloves
- 2 cups riced cauliflower
- 1 1/4 cup chunky sugar free marinara sauce
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 ground pepper
- 1/2 cup 3 cheese blend
- 1 tsp chives, optional
- These are baked in the oven and they are delicious!
- 2 boiled eggs
- Creamy Keto Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie (So delicious!)
If you decide to give the Keto diet a try, come back and let me know how it went! Also, don’t forget to post pictures on Instagram and tag @lifestylecurves. I’d love to hear from you!