#Keto 101: A beginner’s guide to keto
17 Jun 2020
Now more than ever before have we seen information overload on different diets that promises to shed the stubborn few pounds and get summer ready. And possibly one of the most popular one is the ketogenic diet, or commonly referred to as keto. We sat down with Eatology founders Christophe Daures and Guillaume Kaminer to help us break it down and find out if keto is a good fit for everyone.
● What is Keto diet?
A Keto diet is a diet [that is] very low in carbohydrates, moderate in proteins and very high in fats. Due to the low carbohydrate intake, our bodies go into a metabolic state called ketosis. Then, our body starts burning the stored fats as energy which helps promote weight loss.
● Is the Keto diet suitable for everyone?
No. People with high blood pressure and/or constipation and pregnant ladies should not engage in a keto diet. Glucose is [essential] in the baby’s development and there is simply no medical study proving that the keto diet [is a healthy option] during pregnancy.
● How does our body change while in ketosis? How long does it take to realise the change?
Within 24 hours since adapting diet, the body gets into ketosis but it can take up to 3 days before we notice changes. A good example of this is the ‘keto flu’ where symptoms such as nausea, headaches and fatigue may occur. This signifies that our bodies are slowly adapting to the ketogenic diet.
● Which kinds of food is good for a keto diet?
We recommend foods rich in healthy fats such as salmon, nuts, avocado and olive oil. These fats keep your LDL to HDL cholesterol within a healthy range. As a high-fat diet, it’s still important to steer away from saturated fats and trans fats.
Eatology offers a ‘ketogenic light’ meal plan for those willing to try. Find out more here.