While past weight loss wisdom was based simply on mathematics – calories in, calories out – modern science has proven that the process to drop extra weight isn’t that simple. Today, we know that the types of foods eaten play a substantial role in encouraging the body to lose fat and stay lean.
The ketogenic diet, which is also known as “keto,” allows the body to burn fat as its primary energy source, a process that rapidly drops weight. When you burn fat as a primary energy source, the body produces molecules that are known as “ketones,” and these molecules are detectable in the urine, blood and breath.
While intermittent fasting is one way to place your body in the state of ketosis, it is also possible to eat a ketogenic diet that limits carbohydrates to under 50 grams or perhaps even under 20 to 30 grams a day. Avoiding sugars and refined grains (including wheat) is also part of the ketogenic diet, as insulin that results from the spike in blood sugar will stop you from generating ketones. By depleting the stored glucose, you force your body to look for alternative means of energy – and that’s why weight loss can be so effective when you are in a state of ketosis.
But for many people in today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to stay in ketosis. One key for success is having high-fat and high-fiber recipes on hand so you can stay full and continue to enjoy rich foods that won’t make you feel deprived. After all, the body is designed to keep you from starvation, but not designed to keep you from obesity. Preparing foods in advance will make it easier to eat mindfully, stay in ketosis and see the results you seek.
Here are a few easy and delicious recipes to add to your ketogenic diet: