What is a Keto diet?
The keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb diet.
When following a keto diet you should eat fewer carbohydrates, whilst maintaining a moderate protein intake and an increase in fats. The premis behind a keto diet is that by reducing carbs, you are forcing your body in to a metabolic state called ketosis. Here, fat is burned for energy.
What does “Keto” mean?
A “keto” or “ketogenic” diet is named as such as a result of your body being encouraged to produce “ketones” – small fuel molecules which are an alternative fuel supply for when your body is short on glucose (blood sugar).
By eating less carbs in your diet, your liver needs to produce ketones from fat. When this occurs, they serve as a fuel source for your body and brain (which interestingly cannot run on fat alone!).
When following a Keto diet, your body switched to burn fat 24/7 as this is now the main energy source.
Why do people try Keto diets?
Keto is said to be a good diet to follow for weight loss.
However, there are additional benefits such as less hunger and a more steady supply of energy. Instead of suffering from lots of highs and lows (caused by sugar peaks and valleys) in a carb-heavy diet, a keto diet often causes a much more steady supply of energy.
What to eat on a keto diet
There are a number of foods to enjoy on a ketogenic diet.
Keto diet foods:
- Natural fats (butter, olive oil)
- Fish and seafood
- Vegetables that grow above ground
We are looking to add a Keto snack box to our portfolio very soon. Keep your eyes peeled from some amazing nuts, olives, biltong and pork scratchings!
We’d love to know what you would like to see in there (comment below).