What is the Keto Diet?

It’s a question that’s been asked by so many people, so many times now, over the past couple of years since it became the latest nutrition craze. And it’s still being asked now!

So I thought, why not talk about it today? But let’s simplify the information to make it easily digestible to beginners. Makes sense?

Right! Let’s begin.

The Keto Diet (short for ketogenic diet) is a low-carb, high-fat diet. The whole idea of keto is for you to get more of your calories from fat and protein and less from carbohydrates. This means drastically cutting back on most of the carbs that your body can easily absorb and digest, such as sugar, pastries, white bread, and soda. The reduction in carbs places your body into a metabolic state (ketosis).

How does it work?

When you consume less than 50 grams of carbohydrates a day, your body gradually runs out of blood sugar—your main source of energy. The process normally takes about 3 to 4 days; after which your body will start to break down fat and protein to get energy, resulting in weight loss. This metabolic state is called ketosis.

Before we proceed further, I need to emphasize that the keto diet is a short-term diet plan focused primarily on weight loss, and not specifically for any guaranteed long-term health objectives. 

Who typically uses it?

The keto diet is mainly used by people who want to lose weight. It has, however, been known to assist with managing specific health conditions, such as epilepsy, heart diseases, certain brain diseases, and even acne. But this is a discussion that needs to take place between you and your doctor.

For the purposes of this blog, we will talk about the keto diet in terms of losing weight.

Keto for weight loss

The keto diet may more effectively help you lose more weight loss during the first 3 to 6 months than other diets. This can be attributed to the fact that more calories are needed to convert fat into energy than it does to convert carbs into energy.

Depending on your preferences, it’s also highly likely that a high-protein, high-fat diet can satisfy your hunger better, ergo you end up eating less. That’s just a theory, though.

What foods should you avoid to if you’re going on a keto diet?

As a general rule, limit consumption of any high-carb food. Let’s check out this list of specific foods that you can either eliminate or reduce from your diet. [Warning: It’s going to hurt. LOL]

What to eat on a keto diet

Now that we know what NOT to eat. What then, do we eat on a keto diet? Let’s go check this fairly comprehensive list from Everyday Health!



Oil and Fat

Fruits and Veggies

Nuts and Seeds

Dairy Products


Condiments and Sauces


Herbs and Spices

As a general rule, all herbs and spices used in small amounts fit well in a keto diet, but you may want to count the carbs if you’re consuming large amounts of these.

 What are the side effects of a keto diet?

Common side effects include constipation, mild low blood sugar, or indigestion. Other side effects may include headache, weakness, irritability, bad breath, and fatigue.

Occasionally, low-carb diets (which keto is) may also lead to the development of kidney stones or acidosis (occurrence of high levels of acid in your body).

A word of caution  

The process of your body burning stores of fat can be tough on your kidneys. Once you’ve started on your keto diet, it can be physically hard to go back to a normal diet. If you have certain pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes, a heart condition, or high blood pressure, make sure you make diet changes slowly—with your doctor’s expert advice.



Disclaimer: This blog offers general information and discussions about health-related subjects. The content in this blog is not intended and should not be taken as medical advice or substitute for professional medical treatment or expertise.


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