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Keto Diet and Healthy Snack Alternatives
In this blog post, I will review the very trendy Keto diet and give my thoughts and opinions on whether I think it is a good diet. To start, the ketogenic or “keto” diet focuses on eating meals that include foods that are low in carbohydrates and high in fats. The idea behind this diet is that if you completely strip the body of taking in any sort of glucose and replace the glucose your body needs with a substitute source of energy called ketones, which is created from stored fats within the body. Types of foods you would try to consume include meats, butter, nuts, and avocados. Some examples of foods you would stay away from including bread, pasta, rice, cookies, and corn.
I personally would not suggest anyone tries out the keto diet. While it can be very effective and the results are relatively quick, it is not a very healthy way to go about losing weight. You are robbing your body of not just an essential source of energy but the body’s primary source of energy by not consuming glucose. Without glucose, your blood sugar levels drop dramatically, causing you to feel very weak and dizzy for most of the time you are awake. In addition to that, a lack of glucose can also be responsible for a rise in stress levels and irritability. So even though the results are almost instant and it’s a relatively easy diet to follow, I highly would not recommend doing it.
#1 Baked Potato Chips instead of Regular Potato Chips
Baked potato chips are a great alternative to regular potato chips. Not only do they pretty much taste the same, but they have around 14% fewer calories, 50% less fat, and 67% less saturated fat than your typical traditional potato chips.
#2 Frozen Yogurt instead of Ice Cream
Everyone loves a nice, sweet dessert, but instead of chowing down on ice cream, why not just replace it with frozen yogurt. Frozen yogurt is not only lower in fat, but it also has approximately 25 fewer calories per ounce in comparison to ice cream.
#3 Smoothies instead of Milkshakes
Smoothies are a great alternative to milkshakes. Smoothies tend to contain actual fruits and vegetables in them. This makes smoothies rich in carbohydrates and low in fats. In comparison, milkshakes usually have a heaping amount of fat and quite a bit of sugar as well.
#4 Dark Chocolate instead of Standard or White Chocolate
While dark chocolate is not as sweet, it can still fulfill your chocolatey cravings. Dark chocolate is very nutritious and has a surprisingly high amount of soluble fiber as well. It also contains antioxidants and a minimal amount of unsaturated fat.
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