The ketogenic diet, commonly known as the keto diet, is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet that has been shown to promote weight loss and improve certain health conditions. The goal of the keto diet is to put the body into a state of ketosis, where it burns fat for energy instead of carbohydrates.
Typically, the keto diet involves consuming 75% of your calories from fat, 20% from protein, and only 5% from carbohydrates. This low-carb, high-fat approach causes the body to produce ketones, which are molecules produced in the liver from fat, that are then used as fuel for the body and brain.
Foods that are commonly consumed on the keto diet include meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds, and oils, while foods high in carbohydrates, such as grains, sugar, and starchy vegetables, are typically avoided or limited.
While the keto diet has been shown to be effective for weight loss and certain health conditions, it is not suitable for everyone and should be approached with caution. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare provider before starting a keto diet.