You’ve heard of Atkins, Paleo, Low-carb, and we’ve even talked about Whole30…but have you heard of Keto? Keto is short for “Ketogenic Diet,” which targets major weight loss but requires a serious commitment that may top some of the most extreme diets out there. In short, it’s a low (or no) carb, high-fat diet.
The Keto diet works by forcing the body into a state of ketosis, where the body is out of energy that comes from carbs and must burn fat for fuel instead. The first step is extremely brutal—all carbs must go. This diet restricts a person’s intake of carbohydrates (only to about 5-10%), and suggests low levels of protein (20-30%). Since their body has started to burn fat for fuel instead of carbs, the diet leaves a person consuming large amounts of non-starchy vegetables, meats, and plenty of good fats like olive oil and avocados.
Because this diet requires a person’s body to remain in ketosis, there is absolutely no room for error. If the body intakes more carbs, it will come out of the ketosis state and they will have to start all over again. There are no cheat days with this diet!
But does it work? Many Keto Diet advocates have reported reduced blood pressure, weight loss, and more energy. Even so, dieters need to take extra efforts in ensuring that they consume proper nutrients, since there are healthy vegetables that get cut out from this diet due to their high carb content.