Keto, What is the Big Deal?
It seems like every other week there is a new diet, meal trend, or “promising” transformative way of eating that people swear by. From Atkins, to South Beach, to Jenny Craig, to Weight Watchers, to Paleo, to Whole 30, to Keto. It can be overwhelming because we have to wonder which one really works and if it’s safe for a long term change.
I, like you, have had a peaked curiosity in the Keto diet and what exactly makes it so special. I have spoken to so many people who say they have lost an immense amount of weight in a short amount of time by switching over to the Keto diet. It’s even been spoofed in shows like Portlandia, where the characters start a high protein diet and become stickly thin overnight.
So what is the big deal? First let’s break it down to the roots of what it is. The Keto diet focuses on the consumption of protein and fats, and the limitation of carbohydrates to promote weight loss. The goal of this diet is to reprogram how your body digests food and fuel it with food that will build more muscle instead of food that breaks down into sugar and makes your body “fat”.
Examples of these diet swaps are almond flour instead of regular flour, leafy greens instead of potatoes, full fat instead of skim milk. The key is to focus on eating more food with healthy fats and high protein. It takes more energy for your body to break down protein and fat then it does to break down carbohydrates so this is essentially like a metabolism boost. Also, fats and protein will keep you fuller longer which will reduce your urge to eat bigger portions or more frequently.
All in all, this is another diet that focuses on the recomposition of food and how your body breaks everything down. If you’re not sure if it’s the right diet choice for you, try it out for a week and see how you feel. Remember, eating should not feel like a prison sentence. Just like any diet, this will work well for some and not for others. Give it a shot if you’re curious and make sure to ask questions and do your research so you are fully prepared.