Keto 101

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If you haven’t heard of the keto diet, then you must be living under a rock! Keto, or ketogenic dieting to give it it’s full name, is one of the latest diets that’s taking the world by storm. But unlike many diet crazes from the past, it has something that makes it more appealing – all the science points to the fact that it works! Here at NetCost Market, we believe that healthy eating is key to a healthy lifestyle, so we’re here to tell you all about keto!

The science behind the magic

By keeping your diet low in carbohydrates and protein, your body is prompted to produce ketones – an alternative source of fuel for the body made from fat – meaning that your body gets to work burning fat stores rather than using up carbohydrates which are usually more easily absorbed into the blood. When your liver produces ketones from fat, the process is called ketosis, and this is the state that you’re trying to achieve. However, ketones are only produced if you eat a diet low in carbohydrates for a prolonged period of time, meaning that this diet only works if you truly stick to it!

Should you worry about the medical implications of the keto diet?

For most people, the keto diet is perfectly safe, and scientific studies back this up. For a few select groups, however, it is recommended to consult your healthcare professional before going on the diet. This includes those that are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffer from diabetes, and those that have high blood pressure. For sufferers of type two diabetes, the ketone diet can actually reduce the need for medication as your body becomes less reliant on insulin to breakdown sugar in the blood, but it’s best to have a doctor evaluate your progress to ensure a smooth transition.

What should be eaten as part of the ketone diet?

It’s good to remember that the lower your daily intake of carbohydrates, the more easily Ketosis is achieved. It’s therefore critical to stay below 50 grams of carbohydrates per day, and ideal to stay below 20 grams! Foods that have virtually no carbohydrates include meat, natural fats, fish and seafood, and eggs. Luckily, there are a plethora of great vegetables out there that are low in carbohydrates and these are generally vegetables that grow above ground such as broccoli, eggplant, bell peppers, leafy greens, and asparagus.

The list of foods that you should avoid can make for grim reading, but once you get into the habit of the diet, your cravings for high-carbohydrate foods will vanish. Keto doesn’t pretend to be one of those diets where you can have your cake and eat it too, it comes with a certain amount of sacrifice. Foods that should be avoided include potatoes, fruit, bread, pasta, chocolate and candy, rice, beer, wine, and soda. We know that sounds like giving up on some of the finer things in life but feeling healthy and getting to your ideal weight always comes at a price!

NetCost Market is the place to go for all your keto diet needs! Our selection of fresh meat and seafood provides the perfect basis to start your diet, and with a huge selection of natural fats such as high-quality imported olive oils and locally produced butters, you’ll find everything you need right here! Our selection of fresh vegetables will give you all the healthy, low carbohydrate produce you need to keep yourself under that critical 20 grams per day mark and well on your way to achieving ketosis and feeling healthy in both mind and body!