The Ketogenic Diet: Your Questions Answered

Being in the health and fitness realm, we get a TON of questions about different diets, fads, supplements and every other thing that might help with weight management. Lately, there's been a lot of talk around the Ketogenic Diet (keto). We explored the keto diet by trying it out for a month and seeing how we felt. We're taking to this post to discuss many of the questions we've gotten during our experience (as well as the video above).

What is the keto diet?

The keto diet is a high-fat, very low carbohydrate diet (moderate protein intake) which allows the body to produce ketones and in turn, burn fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.

How do you do the keto diet?

The keto diet does not require anything special besides some commitment, planning and time. The ketogenic diet requires eating a lot of fat and very little (almost no) extraneous carbohydrates. While tracking your food is not required, it is helpful for ensuring you are eating enough fat and not too much carbs or protein.

What do you eat on the keto diet?

Fats. Lots of fats. Plus a lot of other delicious foods! The keto diet did not feel as restrictive as we thought it might and we actually enjoyed eating some of the heavier and fattier foods that we normally strayed away from.

We made a handy list of some of the things we ate a lot of:

Utilizing recipes and thinking outside the box a bit helped to make some more variety within this list. Some typical meals included:

Breakfast: Eggs + Bacon + Avocado + Berries (+ coffee with cream) or keto protein pancakes.

Lunch: Beef meatballs + roasted vegetables with cheese or burgers with roasted vegetables

Dinner: Taco bowls with cauliflower rice, meat and lots of veggies + sour cream and guacamole or Cobb Salads with lots of toppings or meatballs and zucchini noodles with a cream sauce.

Desserts: Keto cheesecakes, keto pecan pralines, small piece of very dark chocolate, coconut

Will I lose weight?

Weight loss is a caloric equation. You will (generally) lose weight if you eat less than your burn. It doesn't matter if you eat all natural foods, high carb, vegan or anything else: if you eat more than you burn, you will gain weight.

The amount of calories you can consume is dependent on your activity level ( both your exercise and daily activity), age, height/weight and metabolism, among other things.