What is a Ketogenic Diet?

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Curious about using a keto diet for health reasons or losing weight? Below you'll find a guide on the keto diet, including what it is, its pros and cons, and a few recipe recommendations. 

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What Is the ketogenic diet?

The keto diet consists of low-carb and high-fat meals. The idea behind keto is that cutting out some of the carbs you eat will help you burn fat. Since your body doesn’t have sufficient carbs to use as fuel, it will shift to using fat instead. Many people also use the keto diet to help with other health conditions. For example, it can potentially help you lower your blood sugar levels.

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Keto Pros and Cons

  • Pros:

Multiple studies have shown that the keto diet has a positive effect on epilepsy, autism, type 2 diabetes, and other health conditions. It has also helped many people lose weight in the short term. However, more research needs to be done on the keto diet.

  • Cons:

It can be challenging to follow the keto diet, as you’re cutting out many foods. Additionally, certain foods you cut out have essential nutrients. So, many people find it difficult to get the appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals daily.

What to Eat on a Ketogenic Diet?

Staying in ketosis, which means your body is burning fat for fuel instead of carbs, is the primary goal when selecting foods. So, choosing lower-carb foods is typically best. Below, you'll find a list of some keto-friendly items to use for keto meal prep:

  • Protein (meat, seafood, poultry)
  • Fats (butter, cream, etc.)
  • Cheese
  • Oils (olive and canola oil)
  • Nuts and seeds

What Foods to Avoid?

Knowing which foods to avoid is essential when on the keto diet. Below are some of the foods that are not keto-friendly.

  • Grains
  • Fruit with a lot of sugar
  • Starchy veggies
  • Sugar
  • Flavored/sweetened yogurt
  • Baked goods

How to Start Keto?

First, assess if keto is right for you. If you have a risk of heart or kidney disease, an eating disorder, or are pregnant, keto may not be the best option. If none of these apply and you're interested in maintaining a keto diet, you can follow the below steps:

  1. Work with a nutritionist specializing in keto to determine how much food you need daily.
  2. Plan out your keto recipes for the week based on keto-friendly foods.
  3. Go grocery shopping and meal prep your keto recipes.

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Ketogenic Recipes

Here are a few keto recipes to help inspire you on your keto diet journey!

  • Keto Steak Fajitas

Use a multicooker, like this Multifunctional Rice Cooker, to create easy keto fajitas. Add thinly sliced beef, yellow onions, and bell peppers to the pot with seasoning and a small amount of water. Allow the beef and veggies to cook through before serving alongside fresh avocado.

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  • Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe will need butter, herbs, seasoning, and drumsticks. Simply coat the chicken with the seasoning, herbs, and butter, then cook for 20-25 minutes in the air fryer at 380°F. This Air Fryer is a great option, as you can easily rotate the shelves for even cooking.

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