If you thought “keto” was a “4-letter word,”… think again! Here are 5 facts to get you in the know!
The ketogenic diet has been around for centuries! In the 19th century, keto was a common way to help control diabetes. In the 1920s, keto was used as a treatment for children with epilepsy whose medication was ineffective. Then in the ‘70s, it garnered attention again brought on by the popularity of low-carb dieting.
A ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet. You cut way back on carbs so that your body will burn fat for fuel. It’s a way to lose excess body fat without going hungry. Studies have shown strong evidence of a keto diet improving type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
Ketosis is a metabolic state where your liver turns fat into small energy molecules (ketones), which your brain and other organs can then use for energy. Many studies have shown it’s possible to experience significant weight loss without counting calories.
To reach ketosis, you’ll need to avoid eating too many carbs (typically below 50 grams of net carbs per day, ideally below 20 grams). It’s probably easier to remember what NOT to eat than what you are allowed to eat!
You’ll want to avoid sugary foods (soft drinks, candy, desserts, sweetened yogurts, ice cream, sports drinks, and breakfast cereals). Check labels on ketchup, salad dressings, and sauces as they often contain sugar. There are dozens of names for sugar so check carefully!
Most fruit contains a lot of sugar too. Stick with small amounts of tart types like berries, lemons, limes, or fruit with a high-water content like melons.
Since starches turn to sugar when digested, you’ll want to nix them too. Starchy foods include bread, tortillas, pasta, potatoes, chips, crackers, most dried beans, muesli, and oatmeal.
Water is your best drink option (always!), but coffee and tea are carb-free if you skip the sugary sweeteners. You can try stirring in a small amount of milk, cream, coconut oil, or butter, though. If you’re looking for something a little harder, dry wine, distilled spirits, hard seltzers, and low-carb beer are ok in limited amounts (bonus… no hangovers!)
A low-carb diet can be both simple and delicious! These days we’re fortunate to have a lot of yummy substitutes available to make a keto diet easy to follow. If you thought that crispy and tasty pizza crusts, tortilla chips, wraps, quesadillas, and panini bread were gone forever, don’t despair! You’ll be happy to know that our ZeroCarb crust is not only extremely versatile, but it’s also carb free! ZeroCarb LYFE to the rescue as a gluten-free, carb-free option!
What are you waiting for? Join the #ZeroCarbLYFE movement today! Our pizza crusts are frozen, ready-to-use, and can be kept for up to six months (but they won’t last that long once you try them!) Click here to order and then click here to see all the flavorful ways to use ZeroCarb LYFE crusts to up your keto game!