Heard of the ketogenic (keto) diet? It’s been rapidly gaining popularity due to its promise of weight loss. If you too want to get on the keto bandwagon, you have to be careful with the number of carbs you eat each day (between 20-50 grams only). The diet is essentially about cutting down on carbs while increasing your protein and fat intake.
Every long journey begins with small steps. If you want to start your keto journey, here are a few low-carb foods that you can include in your daily meals.
Fish and seafood
Fish is super low in carbs. Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish, along with shellfish, crabs and shrimp are excellent. Avoid breading and other such cooking methods which introduce carbs into the recipe.
Meat and eggs
Fresh, unprocessed meat form a huge part of a good keto diet. However, sausages, meatballs or cold cuts are not recommended. Eggs are even better – you can eat them boiled or pan-fried as part of your keto lifestyle.
Only low-carb veggies are allowed, so opt for cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli and cabbage. Avoid the starchy kind such as potatoes, yams and beets – these contain way more carbs than the keto diet dictates.
High-fat dairy is acceptable for this diet; you can include yogurt, cheese, butter and ghee in your recipes. Avoid milk and low-fat dairy products, which may end up having more sugars, that is, more carbohydrates.
What to avoid in the keto diet:
- Grains – wheat, barley, rice, oats, etc.
- Beans and legumes
- Fruits and starchy vegetables
- Sugar, honey, corn syrup
- Processed meat
- Alcoholic drinks containing sugar – beer, wine, cocktails, etc.