Chili is a beloved dish that elicits very strong opinions and allegiances. Some people are pro-beans, while others are adamantly against them. Some need tomatoes, green peppers, onions in their chili, while others are into pure Texas-style (which has no beans and no tomatoes).
The Ketogenic, Paleo, and Atkins diets are all low-carb, but they have important differences that could help determine which is right for you. Here’s a rundown on the underlying philosophies, food dos and don’ts, and pros and cons of each. This granddaddy of popular low-carb diets began in the 1970s, and by 2004, when it was known as the “Steak and Eggs Diet,” supposedly one out of 11 adults was on the diet.
The keto diet is getting a lot of buzz lately. Are you considering trying it out to see how it makes you feel this year? We’ve rounded up a bunch of recipes (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to get you started, but before you jump in let’s get back to the basics: What can (and can’t) you eat exactly? Doing keto right means getting into a state of ketosis, or where your body burns fat rather than carbs for fuel.
The Keto diet takes some getting used to. At first, it may be hard to follow, but as long as you know what you’re getting into, the transition to a keto lifestyle — and the weight loss and health benefits — may really be worth it. Many people find the food really satisfying, but get tripped up by these potential pitfalls. It is incredibly satisfying and a vital source of fuel, but that doesn’t mean you should indulge mindlessly.
While I’m not an expert on the ketogenic diet, I have been practicing it for several months now and am very pleased with the results. Weight loss aside, I find my digestion and inflammation issues have lessened and my energy is great. It was a bit of a learning curve to get where I am today, though. Here are eight things I wish I had known from the get-go. Note: In keto, your daily carb, fat, protein, and calorie allotments are measured in grams and are called macros.
One of the fun things about going keto is that I can have a lot of foods that are usually forbidden with those classic calorie- and fat-restricted diets. For instance, I can eat cheese, bacon, butter, and even heavy cream. In fact, I’m encouraged to eat these foods as long as I stay within my macros (a calculation that produces the perfect ratio of carbs, fat, and protein appropriate for my size and goals.
Okay, first: Vodka, whiskey, tequila, and other clear spirits have zero carbs. Wine has about two grams of carbs per glass, and Champagne has one gram. But before you toast your good luck at being able to drink, there are a few things you need to know. Drinking will probably slow your weight loss down, even if you choose a no-carb option, because your body will use (metabolize) alcohol before fat. Once it’s burned, you’ll go back into ketosis, so all you lost was a little time.
While it certainly is possible to modify takeout and restaurant food to fit your keto lifestyle, it’s not easy. Many of the classic and easily available foods like sandwiches and tacos or burritos just don’t hold up when you eliminate the carb components. (Can it still be a taco if it doesn’t have the tortilla? I rest my case.) Even Chinese and Thai food can be tough, as they often contain sugar or are noodle/rice-dependent.
We’re past January now, which means that we’re over the hump of Diet and Resolution Season — that annual stretch when everyone starts to feel pressured into Doing Something about their diet, their activity levels, or both. If you’re just hopping onto that bandwagon and are considering trying the keto lifestyle, read this first. We talked to three nutritionists who have some reservations to consider.
When I started talking to people about their experiences with keto, I heard the same phrase repeated more than once: It’s not a diet, it’s a way of eating (or a way of life). Proponents of keto are believers, and their trust in the system seems to be what keeps them going, what drives them to stir butter into their coffee and to enthusiastically eat bacon by the pound.
When it comes to lunch on a ketogenic diet, you have a whole lot of flavorful, filling options to choose from. Yes, sandwiches are off the table, but you can improvise with lettuce wraps! There are countless variations of salads, soups, and other bowl foods as well. Here are seven great ideas to get you excited. Break out your spiralizer or simply pick up a container of zoodles at the grocery store and create easy veggie noodle bowls.
When you’re thinking about what vegetables to eat on a ketogenic diet, there are a few that seems to stand out among the rest. Veggies like cauliflower and spinach get a whole lot of low-carb love — and while they definitely deserve it, there are a slew of other ones that are just as low in carbs, if not lower, that sometimes get forgotten about. Remember, we’re taking about net carbs here (the carbs minus the fiber), which is what truly counts on a keto diet.
If you’re following a ketogenic diet, the usual bag of pretzels you grab from your office vending machine is off the table. But don’t worry — there are plenty of snacking options that fit the diet’s criteria that are sure to qualm hanger pains and keep you going through the afternoon. Here are seven great keto-friendly snack ideas to keep in your back pocket.
Following a ketogenic diet means scouring the grocery store for the lowest-carb foods you can find. We’ve already explored some of these great low-carb options, but what about the opposite side of the spectrum? There are a surprisingly number of good-for-you foods that you might think are low in carbs but are actually a bit too high for this eating plan. Remember, we’re taking about net carbs here — the carbs minus the fiber, which is what truly counts on a keto diet.
You may have heard the term “macros” being thrown around a lot if you’re following a ketogenic diet. If you’ve been confused about what that means, don’t worry — we’re here to help. Macros are shorthand for macronutrients. What are macronutrients, exactly, and why are they important? Here is the basic information you need to know. Macros (macronutrients) are the class of compounds that provide us with the majority of energy (also known as calories).