It’s the diet on everyone’s lips – and for good reason. The Keto diet is not another trend set to fade away, it’s a viable food plan that’s getting results for people all around the world.
What is Keto?
Keto (short for Ketogenic) is a low-carbohydrate diet that involves eating a very small amount of carbohydrates, a moderate amount of protein and a high amount of fat per day (around 70 per cent of daily calories).
Here is the Keto diet explained. The diet encourages your body to use what are called Ketone bodies – a type of fuel that the liver produces from stored fat – for fuel, instead of relying on sugar from carbohydrates. Essentially, it’s all about tricking your body into burning fat, which it does via a process called Ketosis. Limiting carbohydrate intake to just 10 per cent of the daily diet keeps the body in a constant state of Ketosis by ensuring insulin levels remain low.
What do you eat?
What to eat on the Keto diet will depend on your personal goals and health, but so long as you focus on real foods, it can be a very nutritious diet. Vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, capsicum, mushrooms and leafy greens like spinach and kale are permitted, but starchy veggies such as peas and potatoes are off-limits.
To meet the diet’s fat requirements, you can eat unsaturated fats such as tofu, avocados, olive oil, seeds and nuts such as almonds and walnuts, as well as saturated fats including oils, butter and cocoa butter. Low-fat products aren’t allowed.
Your protein intake comes from eggs and meat, especially fatty meats such as pork belly, lamb and chicken with the skin on. The reason protein is limited to a moderate amount is because excess protein can be converted to blood sugar in the body.
Carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, grains and bread are banned, and so are most fruits – although berries are allowed in small portions.
Sound complicated? It doesn’t need to be. To keep your nutrient levels high and to enhance the Ketosis process, the Keto-Fit range will support you, to make sure you tick all the right boxes.
The range covers off your bases with:
- Keto-Fit Fire – by combining Keto-friendly ingredients, it can help you fire up your Keto diet and reach your Keto goals.
- Keto-Fit FireKeto-Fit Proteins (plant and whey) – a great source of high-quality protein that can help support muscle growth and recovery. Plus, naturally derived coconut MCT’s help put your body into Ketosis as part of the Keto diet.
- Keto-Fit MCT Oil – a liquid coconut oil that contains C8, C10 and C12, the perfect combination of MCT compounds that are used quickly by the body as energy to give users long, sustained energy release throughout the day.
- Keto-Fit MCT Oil Softgels - perfect for Keto dieters looking for healthy MCT fats in a capsule format to help them reach ketosis. Easy and mess-free way to consume your MCTs.
- Keto-Fit Coffee – made with the finest coffee beans along with high-quality coconut MCTs. It will charge you with energy and help maximise your Keto goals.
- Keto-Fit Fibre – the perfect daily fibre boost for the low-carb and Keto dieters and an essential nutrient for digestive health.
- Keto-Fit Bone Broth – a low carb delicious super food that will help Keto dieters get through the day avoiding carb-laden snacks between meals.
Should I try it?
The Keto diet can encourage weight loss and may even improve total cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure in the short term, and an Australian study found that obese people managed to lose an average of 15kg over a year on the Keto diet – 3kg more than a standard low-fat diet. It may also help you gain control over your appetite, improve acne and settle your stomach, meaning a reduction in IBS symptoms.
There may be positive impacts for your brain, too – some people say the Keto diet keeps them more focused and alert.
Remember that there’s no single weight-loss diet that suits everyone. If you are keen to try the Keto diet, it’s recommended that you talk to your doctor and an accredited practising dietitian.