With so many diets out there, it can be difficult to know which ones really work, and which ones are just fads. The keto diet is one of the most popular, and has been tried by both men and women who are looking to increase lean muscle mass and reduce body fat.
During a keto diet plan, you will eliminate the consumption of carbohydrates and instead consume protein and a large amount of fat. Research has shown that this can cause your body to get rid of ketones – waste products which are produced when the body metabolizes fat.
When your body is starved of carbs, it will release these ketones, helping you to to lose weight over a prolonged period of time. Here are several factors to think about if you are considering the ketogenic diet for weight loss.
Just like with any diet, it’s always a good idea to speak with a medical professional before you decide to dramatically change your eating habits or lifestyle. Remember, this type of diet isn’t for everyone so you will need to know all the facts before you commit to it.
You can also ask your doctor to measure your BMI (Body Mass Index), which will provide you with the information you need to work out how much weight you need to lose.
The aim of the ketogenic diet is to reduce the amount of carbs in your diet. This will involve eating no bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, or cereals, although you will still be allowed to eat vegetables in moderation (celery, carrots and other low carb vegetables).
You will need to do plenty of exercise when on the diet, and this should include a mixture of cardio work and resistance weight lifting. A personal trainer will be able to devise a new workout plan for you. Or alternatively take a look at the link for beginner exercises to get you started below.
No matter what you are going to want to have an exercise routine to go with your keto diet plan. Having a good exercise plan keeps you healthy and helps to to maximize the amount of weight you’ll be able to lose. Below is a keto food pyramid image that you can use as a guide for what to eat on the keto diet.