By: VTC's Wellness Team
Is the Keto Diet for YOU?
There are so many trending diets that have come in and out of popularity over the years. It can be hard to know which is right for you and what they actually MEAN.
From paleo to vegan, the atkins diet and intermittent fasting, there is just so much around diet and diet culture. Regardless of your choice, it is important to keep in mind that a "diet" doesn't have to be a form of punishment. Pick a diet and food choices that support you and your journey.
Now let's discuss the Keto diet and what it means, how it can help you, and simple tips for this specific diet choice.
What is the Keto Diet?
The keto diet or in more specific terms, the ketogenic diet, is a low-carb, high-fat diet. This looks like consuming 25g of carbohydrates or less on a daily basis.
If you are not familiar with the 3 macronutrient categories. They are carbohydrates, fats, and protein. In a typical diet you incorporate all three. However, with the keto diet, you are simply cutting back on one group to replace it with more foods from the other group. (1)
Foods that support a Keto Diet:
- meat, fish, eggs, nuts, oils, cheese, leafy greens, & other above ground veggies
Foods that DO NOT support a Keto Diet:
- fruit, potatoes, pasta, rice, bread & other foods that fit into the carbs category
Now this may sound challenging to some. We all love a good pasta dish! However, there are ways to make this diet easier for you.
Products like MCT Oil are supplements designed to help make this process easier. There are also fun "fat-bomb" recipes that you can incorporate this product into. Remember a diet does not have to be boring to be considered "healthy."
MCT Oil & Keto-friendly Recipes:
- Chunky Monkey Frozen Banana Pops
- MCT Oil Creamy Vinaigrette
- Frozen Strawberry Bars
- Chocolate Peanut Overnight Oats
MCT Oil is made from a type of fat called medium-chain triglycerides. MCT molecules are smaller than those in most of the fats you eat (long-chain triglycerides [LCT]). This makes them easier to digest. and allow for quick absorption. This turns it into energy you can use. This is IMPORTANT!
What is the PURPOSE?
So why do the Keto Diet? Well, for a lot of people it is about health. The keto diet has been linked to having an anti-tumor effect on our body. This is because tumors feed off of sugar. So, by cutting out carbs you are restricting the tumors food supply.
The ketogenic diet has also been correlated with significant weight loss. Let's talk about that... On a regular diet, the body uses carbs as their main source of energy. When you stop eating carbs the body will naturally adjust and begin to get it's energy from stored fat that coverts to ketones.
Regardless of diet choice, it is still important to pay attention to the types of foods you are eating. If you are not consuming healthy fats like avocados, nuts, and oils you most likely will not see these results.
If you decide to do the keto diet or not,... remember that there are no BAD macronutrient group. Carbs are good! Fats are good! Protein is good!
Should I be on the Keto Diet?
There is no right or wrong way to approach your diet. Everyone's body is going to react differently. Before starting a diet like the ketogenic diet, it is important to consult with a doctor or professional BEFORE starting.
Do your research and look into products and foods that are pure and beneficial for YOU! Remember that results will vary from person to person and it may take some trial and error and professional guidance.
- Talk with your doctor
- Prioritize healthy fats (MCT Oil)
- Establish a plan
- Be gentle with yourself
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