Over the past few years, of all the diets, the Ketogenic diet has gained notoriety at the fastest rate. Why is this? In this article, I will briefly explain the mechanisms involved behind ketosis as well as explain some of the common misunderstandings surrounding the Ketogenic diet. However, I must first establish that a poor quality Ketogenic diet is no healthier than eating typical junk food. Unfortunately, bacon, sausage, pepperoni, and cheese won’t guide you to a perfect mind and body. When I talk to people about a Ketogenic diet, they mostly assume it consists of the aforementioned foods. This poses a considerable misunderstanding, which is why I think it is important to myself and you, the reader, are on the same wavelength throughout this article.
The Healthy Way
A Ketogenic diet should be judged on the amount of high-quality fat it provides. Store-bought bacon may have a very high-fat content, but it has more ingredients than actual grams of fat. This is not what we should be striving for. Rather, we should be spending our efforts preparing organic bacon, if anything. Despite having the same macronutrient makeup, processed meats contain ingredients such as sweeteners, that will cause sugar cravings for most people. In order to keep things as healthy as possible, try to eat grass-fed foods whenever possible. This is because grass-fed foods, especially meats, possess a superior amount of nutrients and a better omega fatty acid makeup when compared to grain-fed meat.
In addition to high-quality meats, the ketogenic diet should be complemented with large portions of low starchy cruciferous vegetables. In fact, vegetable consumption is quite possibly more important while in ketosis than under normal conditions. This is because as the body enters and maintains ketosis, the body has substantially lost its ability to retain water. Therefore, electrolytes are flushed out of the body. Specifically, eating lots of cruciferous vegetables is key for obtaining potassium. Personally, I believe potassium is the hardest electrolyte to get while on a Ketogenic diet. Many foods containing high amounts of potassium such as potatoes, bananas, and potassium fortified foods like cereals are completely out of the question on the Ketogenic diet. And unless you enjoy avocados,(which I don’t) potassium is very hard to come by without the proper intake of cruciferous vegetables.
Nuts are not only part of a healthy Ketogenic diet, but they are even considered to be “Heart Healthy” universally. Sadly, just like with every other food, unnecessary ingredients have been added which eliminate most of the health benefits of nuts. For instance, Blue Diamond’s lightly salted almonds contain vegetable oil. And I know, it may claim “Heart Healthy” on the bottle, but research into vegetable oil on your own. Next time you’ll think twice before using vegetable oil over olive or coconut oil when frying foods. If you are to make nuts a part of your diet, whether following a Ketogenic diet or not, choose the nuts that have no added ingredients on the nutrition label, because they are much cleaner for your body and your digestive system will thank you later.
It is imperative to follow a Ketogenic diet in the fashion I have described throughout this article. If you choose to disregard my advice, you still may achieve ketosis, but don’t be surprised if you experience significant sugar cravings and noticeable fatigue. With that said, you might decide to eat only processed meats because they are cheaper, which is completely understandable. A true commitment to a healthy Ketogenic diet consists of additional costs for food, more time spent preparing meals, and missed opportunities to go out with friends for food. Although if you make the investment in yourself, meal plan properly, and explain your situation to your friends, it should make your journey into a healthier life much easier.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2021 Cody Piunno
astraldreamer from uk on January 31, 2021:
very informative article thank you.