Want to eat less sugar, lose weight, and change your metabolism? The ketogenic or keto diet might work for you. Or not. Some say it’s not sustainable in the long-term. Others praise it as a weight loss solution like no other. If you’re not afraid of eating more fat and don’t mind the side effects, giving it a try probably won’t hurt you.
We’ll give you all the facts and crush some of the myths surrounding the keto diet, such as whether or not you can exercise on this diet and why it isn’t actually as dangerous as some people believe
Not all fat is ‘good’ fat
- You can’t just fill your plate with bacon and butter.
Put simply, following the keto diet involves eating mostly high-fat foods. But this doesn’t mean you can eat more fast food and dessert. Foods like avocados, eggs, and nuts count as optimal fat sources on this diet. Butter, cream, and other high-fat dairy and meat products do not.
It isn’t a high-protein diet
- You’re only supposed to consume 20% of your calories from protein.
On average, experts say protein should make up about 20% of your daily calorie intake. Recommendations don’t change on keto. Instead, you’re supposed to dedicate 75% of your calories from fat, 20% from protein, and only 5% from carbohydrates.